Nintendo Power Returns in Podcast Form

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Older Nintendo fans will probably fondly remember the Nintendo Power magazine, an official print magazine first run by Nintendo of America and later gone independent, only to eventually be discontinued in 2012.

Now, the brand has returned in podcast form via the Nintendo Power Podcast, run by Nintendo of America staff. The first episode of the podcast is now available, and it includes Nintendo employees, developers and special guests discuss the world of Nintendo.

The podcast is hosted by Nintendo of America employees Chris Slate (previously editor-in-chief of Nintendo Power magazine), Damon Baker (from Publisher and Developer Relations) and Kit Ellis (co-host of Nintendo’s weekly YouTube show Nintendo Minute).

It’s also worth pointing out the podcast includes an in-depth interview with Nintendo developers Eiji Aonuma and Hidemaro Fujibayashi about the making of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo Power Podcast is now available on Apple PodcastsSoundCloud and YouTube, and is coming soon to Google Play Music.

Brandon Orselli


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    Gaming magazines in my grade school were a status symbol.

  • OldPalpy

    Now they want to use the name of a gaming magazine as a status symbol for a 100% shilly podcast.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    >Now they want to use the name of a gaming magazine as a status symbol for a 100% shilly podcast.

    So basically a magazine in a video format

  • Mechonis

    I’ll stick with Nintendo Force. I don’t care for podcasts

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    I’m not a big fan of podcast formats, but this is a smart move on their part.

  • tyren02

    Implying Nintendo Power wasn’t shilly? I mean I loved it but let’s be real about what it was.

  • OldPalpy

    True but you can see by the way they’ve digging the name out of the grave that they think that it somehow has some once of credibility to it. I’d also say a hundred or more page monthly magazine that would on occasion dish out low scores is going to be fill less shilly than a podcast hosted by Nintendo PR that’s been highly controlled and distilled to deliver maximum narrative.

  • Z3DH

    So now I have to listen to hipsters yap if I want to get my cheat codes? Lame.

  • tyren02

    Less “credibility” and more “nostalgia bait” I think.

  • Ace


  • OldPalpy

    Bit of both but mostly nostalgia bait, kinda like how idiots still think the Nintendo seal of quality was about the actual quality of the game.