Unlike some other magazine franchises, the story of Future’s Nintendo legacy is a fairly straightforward one, and apart from a short period whilst N64 magazine was being refined, there was always a magazine on the shelves, catering for the Nintendo console of the moment.
This page will build into a timeline of the magazines, charting the important events over the 20 year history.
Super Play is launched, 4 months after the Super Nintendo’s launch. All the biggest games are covered.
Super Metroid is released.
Donkey Kong Country is released.
The Ultra 64 is revealed at E3.
Yoshi’s Island is released.
The last issue of Super Play is released, covering the N64’s launch in America. Pages are devoted to Mario 64 and Pilotwings, the two major launch games.
Accompanying the N64’s launch, N64 Magazine hits the shelves.
The N64’s first christmas. Big games like Diddy Kong Racing, Goldeneye & Lylat Wars are launched.
Banjo Kazooie is released.
Ocarina of Time is released, after 22 issues of previews & features. Reviewed over two issues, it was N64 magazine’s biggest by far!
Planet Game Boy is launched in issue 26 - covering all things Game Boy.
The UK goes Pokemon crazy as Red and Blue are finally launched in the UK.
Another great Christmas, Jet Force Gemini, Donkey Kong and Smash Bros are released.
Perfect Dark is launched - another massive review after 2 years of anticipation.
The Gamecube is announced.
N64 Magazine’s 50th issue, a celebration of everything that’s happened previously.
The Gamecube stars at E3, all the big games are covered.
N64 magazine’s final issue - sob!
NGC Magazine’s first issue - yay!
The Gamecube is released in the UK.
NGC is relaunched as the biggest magazine in the UK.
Mario Sunshine is released in the UK.
Wind Waker is released in the UK.
The DS is launched in the USA and Japan
Resident Evil 4 is released.
The DS is launched in the UK.
The Revolution is announced.
The Wii’s name is revealed.
NGC’s final issue :(
NGamer’s first issue :)
The Wii is launched.
Metroid Prime is released.
Mario Galaxy is released.
Mario Galaxy 2 is released.
The Wii U is announced at E3.
Zelda: Skyward Sword is released.
The magazine is reformatted and relaunched as Nintendo Gamer
The last issue of Nintendo Gamer is taken off the shelves - sob!