Nintendo’s Summer Magazine is out in English
Nintendo publishes a magazine four times a year and their summer edition just came out in English, for the very first time. You can read it in your browser and they do a wonderful job of making all the art bright and sparkling, with a heavy emphasis on imagery, but it also has some written content. It’s a small issue of around 28 pages and it’s mostly about Switch games.
This is the first time I see a problem like this before. I subscribe to a few gaming magazines, such as Retro Gamer Monthly, Edge and PC Gamer UK edition. It’s interesting to keep up to date with all the latest industry news, once upon a time I worked in the video game industry. Nintendo magazine has a few pages dedicated to Kirby and also some game recommendations based on a personality test. They give ideas on which Mario Kart driver you should play, depending on the type of person you are, I have Wario.
One of the downsides of this magazine is that the Japanese version is 84 pages, while the translated version is 28. There are lots of advertisements for Nintendo products, like a cool Kirby lunch box and grocery bags Canvas. They also have mini reviews on the new Fire Emblem game, but most of the game reviews are for Japanese titles only. I kind of wish they had done a full translation, instead of picking and choosing what content would appeal to western sensibilities.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.