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Whether you dashed out to the mailbox to read up on Mario Kart 64 strategy or just loved sifting through the latest video game news, Nintendo Power was simply freakin’ awesome.

And now, it’s gone.

That’s from writer Phil Theobald. The production for next month’s final issue is complete and it seems like Nintendo has some cool stuff planned.

But still, it’s sad to see what was for many of us a mailbox staple growing up. The magazine debuted in 1988 — yes, it’s older than me — and was an important source of video game information before the internet took over. Here are some favorite memories from Nintendo Power staffers.

Nintendo Power isn’t the only magazine going down. As Slash Gear points out, PlayStation: The Official Magazine will be stopping production at the end of this year. U.K. magazines Xbox World and PsM3 are also following suit. It’s part of an industry-wide pattern that’s moving print publication to the digital world.

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