After the December 2012 issue gets circulated around, there will be no more new issues of Nintendo Power. At the end of 2012, Nintendo Power becomes a defunct video game magazine publication.
It has only been a couple of years since the medium of video games has become mainstream. In the past, video games was still rather underground to a degree. Even during its “underground era,” video games were popular enough to have magazine publications dedicated to them. Such examples are Game Players, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Game Pro, PC Gamer, Game Informer, and Nintendo Power. After 2012, Nintendo Power becomes defunct. That means there will be no new issues of Nintendo Power at the newsstands.
Nintendo Power has been in circulation since 1988. For Nintendo fans wanting reviews on the latest Nintendo games, Nintendo Power was the magazine publication to read. Nintendo Power was to Nintendo consoles as Official Playstation Magazine was to Playstation consoles. If you subscribe to Nintendo power, you should already have received the final December 2012 issue by mail. If you don't have a subscription, then you can purchase it from newsstands and other places that sell magazines starting December 11.
On the Nintendo Power website, it says that you have a subscription that extends past December 2012, you will receive a refund of the remaining value difference. Refunds will arrive within four to six weeks after the final issue comes out. That's for subscribers in the United States and Canada. Subscribers living outside of either the US or Canada will have to wait six to ten weeks.
To finish off things, Nintendo Power is ending things off in a loop. The cover for the final December 2012 issue of Nintendo Power will be made to look like the cover of the first issue of Nintendo Power. Though, there are a few differences. In the first issue, Mario is being chased by King Wart who is the main villain of “Super Mario Brothers 2.” In the final issue, Mario is being chased by Bowser who is the primary antagonist of the Super Mario Brothers franchise.
If you wanted to read up on Nintendo exclusive games such as “Legend of Zelda,” “Metroid,” “F-Zero,” "Donkey Kong," and so forth, Nintendo Power was the publication to check out. Nintendo Power was all about the Nintendo franchise.