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|Editor||Mark Green (2006–2007)|
Nick Ellis (2007–2010, 2012)
Martin Kitts (2010–2011)
Charlotte Martyn (2011–2012)
Matthew Castle (2012)
|Categories||Computer and video games|
|Circulation||ABC 7,745 (January–December 2011)|
|First issue||13 July 2006|
|Final issue||7 September 2012|
Nintendo Gamer was a magazine published in the United Kingdom which mainly covered Nintendo video game consoles and software. It was the successor publication to N64 Magazine, later renamed NGC Magazine (1997–2006) and Super Play (1992–1996), continuing the unique style of those magazines. The publication was originally known as NGamer, with the first issue being released on 13 July 2006. From issue 71 onward, released on 5 January 2012, the magazine was renamed Nintendo Gamer and was significantly reformatted. On 30 August 2012, it was announced that issue 80 was to be the magazine's final issue.
Upon launch the magazine covered the Nintendo DS, GameCube and Game Boy Advance formats, with pre-release coverage of the Wii. Full Wii and Nintendo 3DS coverage were added over time, as were reports about the then-upcoming Wii U in later issues.
Editorial staff and guest reviewers
Mark Green served as editor from issues 1 to 19. Nick Ellis served as editor for issues 20 to 47, and deputy editor Martin Kitts stood in as editor until his return. Ellis returned as editor for issues 54 to 56 and issues 78 to 80.
People who occasionally contributed game reviews included:
- Wil Overton
- Tim Weaver
- Alex Dale
- Mike Gapper
- Richard Stanton
- John Walker
- Matthew Pellett
- Rory Smith
- Geraint Evans
- Tom Sykes
Content during NGamer era
NGamer (issues 1 to 70) had many sections and features in its magazine, including:
- NGExpress: A round-up of recent news, rumours, gossip, facts and opinions.
- News Blast: This section contained rumours or news stories of the last month and charts for British and international game sales for Nintendo console formats.
- Online Desk: A double-page section dedicated to Nintendo on the Internet.
- Previews: This section gave previews of upcoming games on Nintendo systems.
- Reviews: This section had reviews for games released over the previous month and between the current and next issues.
- Feature: A section that contained a special feature on a certain subject.
- World of Nintendo: This section contained varied content on Nintendo, including news relating to Nintendo and content from the Internet.
- Page 89: A selected page designated for random happenings in NGamer. It was no longer called this in later issues of NGamer, as movements in the magazine meant it no longer occupied a selected page.
- Mailbox: The section where letters, e-mails and texts from readers were published.
- World of Pokémon: This section focused on the Pokémon franchise, including news relating to the franchise and content from the Internet.
- Download: A section dedicated to retro gaming and fielded by "R.O.B.'s brother: DR64", as designed by illustrator Wil Overton.
- Meanwhile...: A double-page spread which summarised key new titles and news related to non-Nintendo platforms.
- NGamer Directory: Contained a list of the top 50 Wii, DS, and Game Boy Advance games judged by NGamer.
NGTV was the name applied to the DVD given away with the first 15 issues of NGamer. Each DVD included footage of both newly released and upcoming games, among other footage.
A Brazilian edition, NGamer Brasil, was published by Editora Europa from 2007 to 2010. It featured links with the original NGamer and some features from the UK magazine were translated. It was published monthly with a page length of about 100 pages.
In October 2007, the Spanish version of the magazine became available in stores. It was published by Editorial Globus. However, it only lasted 19 issues until it stopped being published in 2009. Most of its content were translated from the UK issues.
There was another Nintendo magazine named NGamer (alternative spelling: [N]Gamer) of Dutch origin with no links whatsoever to the UK magazine. This magazine pre-dates the British version by three years; it was published from 2003 to 2013. Other than the similar name and the shared specialisation, they are wholly unrelated.
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