I’ve backed the new issue and have the others.
As pleased as I am to see a new print product doing well there are some things that drive me a bit crazy. There are widows everywhere and too many paragraphs start or end one line from the top or bottom of a column which looks really messy and rushed to me.
I also don’t know what to make of some of the longer features. The SNES one in the most recent issue was just odd. I expected it to be about the SNES scene in Brazil (which I know nothing about) but it basically boiled down to someone saying they got a SNES as a kid but only really got games on birthdays and Christmas. Which I would guess is the experience 90% of all kids who had 16-bit consoles in the early 90s. I’m not sure what I gained from reading someone say they really liked Mario World. We all did.
The reviews are perhaps the best written (or perhaps it’s the editing) part of the mag but I don’t really need these myself. It’s not what the mag needs to be about because we can get reviews of these games earlier and more in-depth elsewhere.
Overall the editing could still be really tightened I think. I kept mentally editing things as I read them and that just feels like work.
What I’d like to see is more of a focus features about Nintendo’s cultural influence, how the brand has developed in other parts of the world etc. At the moment it’s a bit too surface level for me. I didn’t get very far in the Pokémon special in part because the first couple of paragraphs kept repeating the words resonate and resonance. I might be in a minority but I’m just not that interested in fans’ personal relationships with games unless those fans are a very big deal and have something really interesting to say. I’m much more interested in the games than the gamers I guess.