The Official Nintendo Magazine – or ONM to its circle of subscribers and fans – will sadly close with Issue 114 as its last. The decision to end the UK magazine’s 12-year run is part of Future Publishing’s choice to expand its online readership with sites such as the newly launched Kotaku UK and GamesRadar. Current staff members from Official Nintendo Magazine will reportedly be relocated to other roles within the publisher’s domain.
Current subscribers to the magazine in the UK will have the opportunity to either cancel their subscription and receive a full refund, or continue their subscription with Gamesmaster Magazine. Sadly, the Official Nintendo Magazine has now shared the same fate as Nintendo Power in North America when Future closed its doors back in 2012. With the last issue arriving on October 14, ONM’s social media channels and website will cease on November 11. The company’s official statement can be seen below.
The last issue of Official Nintendo Magazine, which launched in the UK in 2002, will be in stores on 14th October, 2014 (Issue 114). Throughout its tenure, Official Nintendo Magazine has continued to bring fans, news, interviews, previews and reviews on both new and retro Nintendo hardware and software.
Nintendo will continue to speak directly to fans via Nintendo Direct, our social media and online channels and public events.
Nintendo UK and Future will continue to work closely on future projects across Gamesradar.com, CVG, Edge, Kotaku UK and Gamesmaster.
The official Nintendo magazine is preparing to unleash a new announcement regarding an unannounced Wii U game. The publication says that the game isn’t a new entry in the Star Fox or F-Zero franchise. It has been pointed out that due to the publishing deadlines it could be Sonic Boom which was announced on Thursday for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. However, you’re free to speculate as to what you think the new title will be. The Official Nintendo Magazine’s April issue will go on sale on March 12th.
“OOOOOH! New Wii U game! (And no, it isn’t F-Zero or Star Fox),”
We recently reported that legendary Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto would be guest editing the 100th issue of the UK’s Official Nintendo Magazine. Unfortunately ONM reversed course on this announcement, and Miyamoto will not be guest editing the issue.
However, he will be prominently featured in the issue, and it has come to light that subscribers to ONM will receive a cover featuring a hand-drawn rendering by the master Nintendo developer himself. ONM has revealed that the drawing features a Pikmin handing a star to Nintendo mascot Mario. Gamers now have until September 9th to subscribe to the magazine and get the cover.
Nintendo fans will simply have to wait to see if Miyamoto discusses his new IP in the issue. In the meantime, gamers can get their Miyamoto fix by searching for the secret memos he has littered throughout his latest title for Wii U, Pikmin 3.
The 100th issue of the official Nintendo magazine will be guest edited by legendary Nintendo developer, Shigeru Miyamoto. The commemorative edition will feature a subscriber-exclusive collector’s cover and will include reviews of Pokemon X & Y as well as the long-awaited The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Hopefully, Shigeru Miyamoto will have something exciting to share in the special edition of the magazine. Issue 100 of the official Nintendo magazine will arrive on store shelves on September 25th.
Update: It has been confirmed that Miyamoto will not be guest editing the 100th issue of the Official Nintendo Magazine.
The latest edition of the Official Nintendo Magazine features a number of reviews for several high-profile games on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The publication awarded LEGO City: Undercover 90%, which stands in stark contrast to EDGE’s review score of five out of ten. The Official Nintendo Magazine also gave Luigi’s Mansion 2 a 92% review score. The game was awarded eight out of ten by EDGE. Here’s the rest of the reviews from the Official Nintendo Magazine.
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – 92%
- Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 – 32%
- LEGO City: Undercover – 90%
- Luigi’s Mansion 2 – 92%
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) – 88%
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted U – 90%
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (DS) – 71%
- Zen Pinball 2 – 68%
The surprise teaser from the Official Nintendo Magazine was actually Resident Evil: Revelations for Wii U, which was announced a few weeks ago. The information was revealed when subscribers started getting their copies of the magazine through the mail. The magazine features a ten page exclusive on the game which is due to arrive in North America on May 21st, and throughout Europe on May 24th. The publication has confirmed that Resident Evil: Revelations for Wii U will feature off-TV play, and will support the Wii U Pro Controller. You will also be able to use the Wii U GamePad to access quick inventory changes and also gain access to multi-level 3D maps.
We heard a couple of weeks back that UK publication Nintendo Gamer will be closing its doors primarily due to diminishing sales within the print sector. Well, those that have a subscription with Nintendo Gamer magazine will now have their subscription automatically moved over to the Official Nintendo Magazine. Those of you that have subscribed to Nintendo Gamer should be receiving a letter in the mail informing you of the change over.