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In this issue of NF Magazine, we’re doing things a little differently. We almost always award our front cover position to an upcoming game, then seek to theme the content inside to match that game and support some aspect of its design, its world or its characters. This time around, though, one character alone is in our spotlight. The one. The only! Waluigi! Because, by golly, if Masahiro Sakurai isn’t going to show him the respect he’s due, the Nintendo Force surely will step up to salute him instead. But ah, that’s the issue, isn’t it? That’s the question. Is Waluigi a mascot who’s worthy of true love and honest respect – an icon who has wrongly been left out of the lineup of Nintendo’s most prestigious series? Or has his profile and “popularity” simply been inflated by laugh-seeking, meme-loving gamers on the Internet, only crying foul at his lack of inclusion as a joke, when in reality he only deserves the background character treatment he usually gets? We’ll seek an answer within the pages of this 35th NF edition!
Nintendo Power got unplugged. It was the original source of news, previews and reviews of the Nintendo video game scene, published continuously since the '80s until being unceremoniously shut down in December 2012 – but its legacy didn't die. A new team of writers, artists and designers took up its torch. Calling ourselves "The Nintendo Force," we've ushered in a new era of Nintendo coverage in magazine form, paying homage to Power's past while moving forward to embrace the future. So join us! Join the Force of Nintendo fans. NP is no more, but NF is its next chapter!