It's the end of an era. After 20 years, five-and-a-half titles and 247 issues the UK's longest-running independent Nintendo magazine comes to an end. On Thursday the 6th of September 2012 the final issue of Nintendo Gamer
will go on sale, before disappearing from the shelves forever on the 1st of October - 20 years to the day after it first launched as Super Play
It could be said that the magazine's demise was inevitable; it's certainly not the first long-runner to come to an end, with the news following hot on the heels of the announcement that venerable US publication Nintendo Power
will shut down after 24 years. Print media has long been fighting a losing battle against the web - a monthly release schedule can't possibly keep up with the speed stories are brought up, argued out and forgotten online, and £4.50 an issue has to compete with the low price of £0 for thousands of websites - but still it's sad to see an end to something that has been so consistently well-written, funny and influential for such a long time. After the jump, a look back at what made Super Play
and its progeny so memorable.