Between all the hype and excitement for the recent Nintendo releases, I’m afraid it’s now time for some sad news, especially for those in the UK. Official Nintendo Magazine is now coming to a close, as confirmed by publisher Future and Nintendo UK.

Issue 114, the very last issue of the magazine, will hit stores next week on October 14. The publication first launched in 2002 under publisher EMAP, before rebranding to its current rendition under Future in 2006.

Going forward, the official website says that Nintendo will be shifting focus online. “Nintendo will continue to speak directly to fans via Nintendo Direct, [its] social media and online channels and public events.” Also, “Nintendo UK and Future will continue to work closely on future projects across Gamesradar.com, CVG, Edge, Kotaku UK and Gamesmaster.”

“Nintendo will continue to speak directly to fans via Nintendo Direct, social media and public events.”

With this signifying yet another huge case for the decline of journalistic print media, I suddenly feel pretty old. It’s an incredibly saddening farewell, as Official Nintendo Magazine now shares the same fate as many other beloved magazines, such as the US’ Nintendo Power and the UK’s NGamer. It was the magazine that helped shape me into a huge Nintendo fan (alright, fanboy) when I was younger, and since then I’ve been following the rebrand from the first issue.

It appears the magazine intends to go out with a bang though, teasing some promising content for the final instalment.

Editor Matthew Castle also shares his farewell, and his grattitude, to all the readers over the years. Thank you, sir.

Fortunately, the staff won’t be out of a job just yet, as it seems most of the team have moved over to Future’s Official Xbox Magazine.

On top of quality news, reviews, features and free gifts, the magazine will be remembered for its off-the-wall British humour, and most importantly of all, having fun in the hobby we cherish. That’s evident in the video below and many others on the YouTube channel.

Are there any other readers from the UK that will be mourning the end of Official Nintendo Magazine? Share your favourite magazine memories below, whichever one you read growing up.

  • Anthony Moseley

    Well that explains why they haven’t updated their site in ages. Dang, with Nintendo Power already gone and now them, it’s getting harder to find good Nintendo news these days.

  • Baker1000

    It won’t be the last that’s for sure. Yeah, it was quite clear they were struggling. People were moving to other magazine within Future every month and no one being brought in to replace them. It doesn’t take a genius to know it’s because they can’t afford to keep them in that job. I had a feeling it was close to the end when last month they started the first part of a 200 best games ever list. It’s a real shame, I’ve bought every issue since it started in 2006. It’s just the current trend these days. Online is so much quicker to access that people just don’t buy magazines any more.
    As a subscriber I already have the last issue sitting right beside me, and it’s certainly worth looking forward to. Just some really cool touches like listing every person who has ever been a part of the team rather than just the current line up. There’s also a feature on how the very first issue was put together.

  • Baker1000

    It won’t be the last that’s for sure. Yeah, it was quite clear they were struggling. People were moving to other magazine within Future every month and no one being brought in to replace them. It doesn’t take a genius to know it’s because they can’t afford to keep them in that job. I had a feeling it was close to the end when last month they started the first part of a 200 best games ever list. It’s a real shame, I’ve bought every issue since it started in 2006. It’s just the current trend these days. Online is so much quicker to access that people just don’t buy magazines any more.
    As a subscriber I already have the last issue sitting right beside me, and it’s certainly worth looking forward to. Just some really cool touches like listing every person who has ever been a part of the team rather than just the current line up. There’s also a feature on how the very first issue was put together.