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Issue #26 Now Available!
If you missed the cut-off to make it on the mailing list via Patreon.com/NintendoForce, you can now place an order to get your copy of Issue #26! Click right here to jump to its product page in the NF Store. And stay tuned for our next issue’s cover reveal soon!Read more
Issue #26 Revealed!
Our next issue will be Issue #26: The Nintendo Switch Launch Guide – March/April 2016! The next generation of Nintendo gaming is upon us, and we’re leaving no stone unturned as we highlight each and every game confirmed to be heading to the system (and some that are still hanging around in rumor territory). From the fighting genre revolution of ARMS to the expected Wii U upgrades like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, from spectacular-looking sequels like Splatoon 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to the wild adventure of Super Mario Odyssey, we’ll feature them all and help you prepare yourself for the Nintendo Switch launch day, March 3! You only have until February 12 to make it on the mailing list for this issue! Become a patron at Patreon.com/NintendoForce and you’ll be subscribed for this, and all future issues covering the new Nintendo Switch generation!Read more
Issue #25 is Complete!
Our milestone 25th issue is here! As 2016 comes to an end and 2017 is ushered in, Nintendo is in a time of transition. The Wii U is done – its time in the spotlight is over. And the all-new Nintendo Switch is mere months away! Here in this in-between time, we’ve taken the opportunity to look back and reflect on the entirety of the Wii U era. But it’s not a simple walk down memory lane, because strong rumors suggest that many of Wii U’s biggest hits will be making encore appearances on Switch! Whether they’re presented as ports, sequels, “director’s cuts” or whatever else, brands like Mario Kart, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros. and more look poised to build on the foundations of their Wii U editions and add even more content for Switch. Of course, the one game that we know for sure is going to appear on both systems is the game we selected to appear on […]Read more
Issue #25 Revealed!
With the new Nintendo Switch now officially announced, Nintendo’s focus is fully switching (ha!) to the next console generation. Bridging the gap between that new era and the current console cycle that’s coming to a close is none other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – since it’s going to be released with both Wii U and Switch versions. It will claim the coveted cover position for our milestone 25th issue that spotlights the transition between two chapters: Saying farewell to the Wii U, and saying hello to the Switch! If you aren’t already a subscriber, go to Patreon.com/NintendoForce and click the “Become a Patron” button to sign up! Be quick about it, though, because you’ve got to sign up before the cut-off date of December 16 to make it on the mailing list for this issue! As always, print copies of Issue #25 will be packaged with a double-sided wall poster. This time around, you’ll get two different […]Read more
Issue #24, Revealed!
The next generation of Pokémon is nearly upon us! The highly anticipated Pokémon Sun and Moon go on sale on November 18, so they’ll be claiming the coveted cover position for our November/December edition. Or, rather, the cover positions, plural! We’re revisiting a concept we haven’t used since Issue #9: a flippable double cover! You’ll get the majesty of Solgaleo representing Pokémon Sun on one side, and the mystery of Lunala championing Pokémon Moon on the reverse. But unlike our older issues with flippable covers, we’re actually going all-in on the “upside down” idea this time! Issue #24 will be a wholly unique fusion of two halves to create one flippable whole – half of the issue’s content will be viewable rightside up from Solgaleo’s perspective, while the other half will only read the right way if you begin your flipping from Lunala’s cover. It’s going to be pretty nifty! (And don’t worry, digital readers. We’ll make all the content […]Read more
Issue #23 Revealed!
Have you ever walked into a house and thought the paint on the walls was totally atrocious? Maybe the carpet was a horrid color too, and the decorating was disgusting. And yet, the people who live there must love all of those things, or else they wouldn’t have chosen each one! Some people just have different tastes than others. The same holds true for video games. Over the years, different companies have tried to freshen up aging franchises by giving them fresh coats of paint – introducing striking visual changes in a new sequel, or shifting a series’ style of gameplay entirely. And, every time one of these shiny new paintjobs is presented to the public, you can bet that opinion’s going to be split on whether it was the right decision or not. Some people will love it! Other will hate it. Tastes will always differ. In our next issue of NF Magazine, we’ll find ourselves in the midst […]Read more
Issue #22 Revealed!
Since the day that Super Mario Bros.’ countdown clock started ticking its seconds away, players have had to fight against not only the enemies and obstacles placed before them in video games, but also against time itself. In the decades since, manipulating time, traveling through time and racing against the clock have all become more refined and complex ideas leveraged by great game designs – and perhaps no fight against time will be so twisted as the one set to be presented in the upcoming Zero Time Dilemma, which claims the coveted cover spot for our all-new Issue #22! We’ll dive further into the history of time-focused games, bring you an exclusive interview with Kotaro Uchikoshi (the creator of Zero Time Dilemma and its predecessors, 999 and Virtue’s Last Reward) and also present, at last, a blowout on the next Legend of Zelda adventure – which may even have some time-warping aspects in it, too! All of this will be accompanied as always […]Read more
Issue #21’s Cover Art Revealed!
Today is April 20, 2016, which means it’s been exactly 10 years since the fan-favorite Mother 3 first went on sale in Japan! In honor of that 10th anniversary of its release (and its strongly rumored upcoming English language release), the iconic Mother 3 will be the next game to grace the cover of NF Magazine. Issue #21 will be called “Lost in Untranslation” and turn its attention to the many different Nintendo games of the past few decades that fans living outside Japan never got the chance to play . . . officially, at least. A central feature will profile several of Nintendo’s most interesting unlocalized titles, from the well known to the obscure, examining the circumstances surrounding the decisions not to translate each one. Clyde “Tomato” Mandelin, our Interview section subject from Issue #20 and the driving force behind Mother 3’s fan translation, will return in this issue with the first installment of a new Legends of Localization column […]Read more
2016 Subscription Renewals + Issue #19 Launched!
Here we are, Nintendo Force fans, once again at the end of a subscription cycle! This is the time of year when we launch our new fundraising campaign to keep NF Magazine coming to you. But rather than make a third Kickstarter campaign, this time around we’re moving things over to Patreon! The link is: Patreon.com/NintendoForce Patreon’s similar to Kickstarter in many ways – you sign up to support a project, pick a pledge tier, etc. But it’s better suited to ongoing projects like NF Magazine. We’ve had to break subscriptions into one-year blocks to fit the fundraising model here on Kickstarter – which was fine if you jumped on board early in the year while the campaigns were active, but confusing for any newcomers who came along later. Patreon also lets you do things like change your address directly – Kickstarter’s never allowed that, which has been a bit of a headache for anyone who’s moved to a new place […]Read more
Issue #18: Beyond the Earth
It’s happening! It’s just one month away now! Exactly one month from today, I – and millions of others around the world, including many of you – will have just seen the all-new Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it opens it theaters! Yes, it’s nearly time to blast off to that galaxy far, far away once again. Because we knew exploring alien worlds, taking part in starfighter dogfights in orbit and all of those other wonderfully outer space-y things would be building up in everyone’s minds as a result of the impending release of the all-new Star Wars film, we decided to give NF Magazine’s all-new Issue #18 an outer space-y theme. This one is called “Beyond the Earth,” and it casts its gaze to the heavens to look back at the past several decades of alien planets that pop culture has introduced us to, as well as putting a focus on the new extraterrestrial game experiences Nintendo’s bringing to […]Read more