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 #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
Issue #20 in the Wild!
The all-new Patreon era of NF Magazine is officially under way! Print copies of the new “Issue #20: 30 Years of The Legend of Zelda” have started arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes, containing the lovely double-sided Hyrule Warriors Legends/Fire Emblem Fates posters you see above. But wait! Did you sign up in time to get this issue? If you’re running late with renewing your 2015 subscription or if you’d like to sign up to start getting NF delivered to your home for the very first time, here’s another reminder that our subscriptions are now being handled at Patreon.com/NintendoForce. You go there, click “Become a patron” at the top of the page and then select the type of subscription you’d like to receive going forward. Simple as that! In fact, signing up on our new Patreon page is the only way to get Issue #20! It’s a Patreon-exclusive issue for the next full year, so even though it’s now listed alongside the […]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
Hey there, Nintendo Force fans! Though our reviews are normally hosted only within the pages of each magazine issue, we’re breaking away from the norm to present our full review of Splatoon as a special look inside the new Issue #15! If you aren’t already a subscriber, click over to the NF Store to rectify that situation! (You’ll get a snazzy double-sided Splatoon poster along with Issue #15, too.) I THINK I’M addicted to ink. I can’t sleep at night (because I keep staying up later and later, playing multiplayer matches). My mind is stuck in rewind (“If only I had turned around and looked behind me, I would have splatted him before he got me!”). I’m far too seriously concerned about how an overweight cat will evaluate my “vibe” on any given day (“Am I SO HAWT!! today, Judd?”). It’s an addiction. And if you’re smart, you’ll make it yours too. Nintendo has put a lot of marketing muscle […]Read more