Arstechnica is reporting that word around the grapevine is Nintendo Power is going to end its 24-year life pretty soon, much like EGM and GamePro before it.
Some of the head editors apparently confirmed this via Twitter, but their posts were deleted shortly after. They said they were saddened by the news, but would try to make the last issue a memorable one. Some of them are moving on to either GamesRadar or MacLife.
No official word yet, and neither Future Publishing or Nintendo will confirm/deny at this point, but it seems pretty inevitable. Nintendo apparently has no plans to buy the magazine back from Future, who took over publishing duties in 2007.
So, yeah, they haven’t been relevant in years (in b4 “NP is still alive?”), but you can’t deny it was a definite force in the 90’s. Many of us wouldn’t have made it out of the 8-bit era with our sanity intact without 'em. They had some great guides, too. Howard and Nester are still classic.
Just an update (same URL as above), Nintendo officially confirmed it. Last issue is going to be in December. They also re-iterated that they aren’t gonna publish it themselves or give it to anyone else, so… that’s that.