Hey there, Force fans! After wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns in 2014 and 2015, the Nintendo Force made the leap here to Patreon in 2016! This is the place where fans have the chance to sign up and get new, Nintendo-focused magazines coming to your mailbox (or email inbox). It's time to join the Force of Nintendo fans! Subscribe to NF Magazine by becoming a patron on this page!
Here's some background info for you. Back in December 2012, Nintendo Power Magazine shipped its final issue. That got a lot of long-time Nintendo fans upset, as NP had been the one consistent and reliable print magazine covering Nintendo video games ever since the '80s. Some of us had been subscribers for over two decades, and there were still tens of thousands of active subscribers getting new issues delivered in the mail up until that final issue.
Well, we didn't want to see that legacy die. So we assembled a dream team of the most well-known Nintendo journalists from around the world and launched a new magazine four years ago! The first issue went on sale on January 11, 2013, exactly one month after Nintendo Power ended.
NF Magazine is not Nintendo Power, but we're carrying its torch forward into the future by paying homage to the best parts of NP's past while forging a new identity with an all-new team. So join the Force! Subscribe to NF Magazine by becoming a patron here on Patreon, and get all-new Nintendo magazines coming to your mailbox, your email inbox or directly to your digital reading device of choice!
(Note for adults: Being an adult stinks when it comes to checking your mail. Nothing but bills, ads and piles of unsolicited coupons you'll never use in there. But for just a few bucks invested here, checking your mailbox can become an exciting, nostalgic experience once again! NF isn't just a magazine – it's an adult life morale booster.)
This page isn't like other Patreon pages! Most Patreon creators charge your credit card every month. We don't do that. Here, you'll only see a charge pop up after we release a new issue – which happens every two months. We're bi-monthly. Six new issues per year, if you want to think of it that way! So become an NF patron with confidence!
Yes, it's true! As Arlo himself explains in the opening moments of the video posted just below, NF Magazine is proud to now have YouTube's bluest, fuzziest Nintendo-addicted content creator as a member of our team! Every new issue of NF (beginning with Issue #30) features a fresh installment of "Arlo's Headcanon" – a totally wild, totally off-the-wall and totally Arlo-ish fan fiction tale starring Nintendo's crazy cast of characters. It's Arlo-made content you can only get right here, so become a patron on this page and don't miss a single installment!
And if you haven't already done so, you should also become a patron of Arlo's own Patreon page at Patreon.com/ArloStuff. Huzzah!
You were expecting something else? Too bad! WALUIGI TIME!
Though we first started work on NF #35 with a Pokémon theme in mind, we've shifted gears by popular demand – meaning the spotlight for our 35th edition will shine instead on the one, the only, Waluigi! It's a break from NF tradition for sure, as we almost always focus our cover art and content in on an upcoming game. This time, though, it's the character of Waluigi who's inspiring us, coming off of an E3 that saw a huge groundswell of support rise up in his favor after he was revealed to once again be appearing as only an Assist Trophy in the next Super Smash Bros. sequel.
Waluigi's first ever appearance came in Mario Tennis on the N64, which will turn 18 years old in North America just days after we wrap this edition. That means Waluigi is an adult! We'll look back across his first 18 years in a lengthy retrospective and try to pinpoint the time when Waluigi transcended his origins as a roster filler in a sports game and became one of the most loved characters in the Mario franchise. Or any franchise, for that matter!
To get this issue delivered to your door (or email inbox), you need to click the "Become a Patron" button above before Sunday, August 19! That's when we'll cut off the mailing list for this issue. So sign up soon and make sure you don't miss out!
(The cover art you see here is a work in progress! Our artists are hard at work rendering Waluigi in a variety of different art styles to assemble a grand collage. Stay tuned for the final version, and the wall poster that will go with it!)
While one side of our double-sided wall poster will look similar to the cover art in progress seen above, the reverse may be the preferred option for those of you who don't care for Waluigi very much: the official art for the upcoming Super Mario Party on Nintendo Switch, in which Waluigi is shoved back into his normal position, far in the background with the other C-Tier characters. (Though, even more insultingly, the two C-Tier characters on either side of him are both playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While he is not.)
Our 34th edition is complete! It's called Issue #34: Rebuilding the Blue Bomber – July/August 2018. Mega Man 11 claims the coveted cover position as we turn our attention to Capcom's classic hero and examine everything that's going into his rebirth in his upcoming all-new Switch sequel!
The full history of Classic Mega Man is explored as well, with an in-depth feature examining each past game and our reviews of their Switch re-releases through Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2. Both Mega Man X Legacy Collections come into our crosshairs as well, we've got interviews with both Mega Man fan community icon Protodude and Takuya Aizu, the President and CEO of Inti Creates who actually brought Mega Man back to life once before, and much more! We hope you'll enjoy every Blue Bombin' bit of it!
The cut-off date for this issue has come and gone, as you needed to be signed up before Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern to make it on the first mailing list. If you signed up after that, never fear! Copies of this issue are now on sale through the website store at NFMagazine.com. Grab a copy there!
And here's a preview of one side of our next wall poster, which is double the normal size! Artist extraordinaire Thor Thorvaldson (who specializes in crowd scenes) spent months preparing this massive Mega Man battle scene featuring every Classic series Robot Master. Have a look at it below, and head over to NFMagazine.com if you want a copy for yourself!
And, on the reverse side of Thor's original art, an official art option for those of you who'd rather rock Capcom's own take on Rockman. Again, this poster will be mega-sized to nearly double the normal dimensions! (That's 32 inches by 20.5 inches, for those who want the precise numbers.)
Our 33rd NF issue is complete! It's called Issue #33: Some Assembly Required – May/June 2018. Check out its cover art below!
With the launch of Nintendo's new Labo product line, the company we've known for decades as a video game industry powerhouse is turning back the clock to one of their earlier eras: when they were primarily a toy company! We look back on that piece of the Big N's past and also evaluate the Labo line with a full Nintendo Labo Launch Guide.
And hey, there's something different about these toys, huh? You've got to build them yourself! We'll springboard off that "some assembly required" aspect of Labo too, taking a look at other areas where the physical, tangible, hold-it-in-your-hands-ness of real-world things is being championed in the gaming fandom. Like with Limited Run Games, the company that's built a business by taking previously digital-only games and giving them physical releases for the first time! We've got you an exclusive interview with the founders, as well as the exclusive reveal of Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition for the Switch! (As well as a special Limited Run Games trading card depicting Night Trap, and limited to just the first 5,000 copies of this issue!)
The cut-off date to get on the first mailing list for this issue has already come and gone, as you needed to be signed up as a patron here by Monday, April 16. But if you missed that cut-off, you can still grab a copy through our website store, by clicking right here!
But what's that? You want MORE? How about an all-new, exclusive papercraft project packed alongside every print copy of this new issue?
You may have already seen the work of papercraft artist Alex Gwynne making the rounds through the Nintendo corner of the Internet, like this great miniature version of the Nintendo Labo Piano or these models of Breath of the Wild's Link and Guardian. Now, Alex has crafted a papercraft exclusively for NF! You'll be able to cut out, fold and create your own miniature Labo Robot Kit Robot, and it's just too cute! Take a look:
All that and more in the 33rd NF!
Our 32nd issue has arrived! It's entitled Issue #32: The Port Report – March/April 2018. The cover art is shown below.
One of the factors fueling the incredible success of Nintendo's Switch is that the system has become a magnet for ports from past platforms. There's just something about the combo console & handheld hardware that makes everyone want to play every game ever made on it, and developers are only too happy to keep pulling great games out of the shadows of yesteryear and re-releasing them in Switch form! We've seen tons of these releases already, and even more are heading our way in 2018 – like the epic Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, which gathers *12* different iterations of the famous fighting franchise together into a single package!
We take an in-depth look at it, evaluate more modern ports to the Switch like DOOM and Bayonetta 2, and then report on even more ports, like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition and Dark Souls: Remastered!
The cut-off date to get on the first mailing list for this issue has already come and gone, as you needed to be signed up as a patron here by Sunday, February 18. But if you missed that cut-off, you can still grab a copy through our website store, by clicking right here!
As always, print copies of Issue #32 come bundled with a double-sided wall poster to hang up in your home! This time around you can choose between an expanded version of the cover art to celebration the 30th anniversary of Street Fighter, or, if you're feeling extra Funky, the reverse side celebrates the new Switch port of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its all-new Funky Mode!
Here are the members of the Nintendo Force! No matter what corner of the Nintendo fandom you call home, chances are good you're familiar with one or more of the faces or names seen here.
Beyond the team members pictured above, several more have helped make NF Magazine a reality – especially all of our subscribers!
Becoming a patron through this Patreon page is the way to subscribe and receive future issues of NF Magazine! If you're just now finding out about the Nintendo Force and want to get caught up on some of what you've missed over the past few years, our previous issues are available for sale through the website store at NFMagazine.com. Keep an eye out for sales and bundle deals there from time to time!