How to Download All Editions of Nintendo Power Ever
The Nintendo Power is an iconic piece of Nintendo history and gaming history in general. Its 285-issue 24-year run spanned generations of gamers and helped us finish the tough games we played on systems from OG NES to Wii U. Many of us have fond memories of flipping through it, but there was no forethought to save them (or hide them from our decluttering parents before heading off to college). But that’s okay, because in another reminder, there’s no better cure for the pangs of nostalgia than the Internet, each episode is available for download right now.
According to Nintendo Life , a group of archivists are working on a project called “Retromags” that aims to upload retro magazines to the internet for fans to browse and remember. Nintendo Power is the latest magazine that the archivists have targeted and completed downloading. Now you can download each of these 285 episodes to your computer to enjoy at your leisure.
One user, Gumball, even added the entire collection to Archive.org. They point out that there is not a single site or place on the Internet where you can download and view all the Nintendo Power editions, rather, they were scattered, forcing you to go from site to site in search of the right editions. But this step changes things: now you can easily save the entire 40 GB collection to your computer, issue by issue or all in one big package. What a time to be alive.
These issues are stored as cbr (comic book reader) files, which cannot be read with a standard image viewer. You need to download a comic book reader to open them. You can try something like Simple Comic on Mac or iPhone, or CDisplayEX on Windows or Android.
Be careful though: downloads are temperamental. Halfway through I had a lot of stomach making me start again. I’m not sure if it’s because a lot of people try to download these files at the same time, but it’s something to consider if you’re prone to unusual annoyance when you experience a little inconvenience when using free resources.
Another thing to consider is that we don’t know how long this collection will stay online. Nintendo is notorious for dropping its legal team on anything it doesn’t like, from fan-made versions of its games to YouTube videos, including original soundtracks . Perhaps the company will leave this project alone, but just in case, try to capture them as soon as possible.
By the way, Nintendo Power is not actually dead. Well, there is a magazine. But the title lives on as an official Nintendo podcast . There have been 54 episodes since it launched in 2017, so give it a listen if you’re missing Nintendo’s official seal of quality in your media diet.