After the cancellation of Nintendo Power, IGN editor Lucas Thomas wasn't happy. The magazine had been a part of his childhood, and with its cancellation, he would be unable to share it with his son.
So he decided to make a new magazine, a Spiritual Successor to Nintendo Power, but with its own identity. Enter Nintendo Force Magazine.
The magazine has an all-star lineup, including staff members from IGN, Nintendojo, Destructoid, 1UP.com, GoNintendo, the writer and founder of Brawl in the Family, and Nintendo World Report, among others.
The magazine is bimonthly and can be bought in print and digital format. Its website is here.
This magazine contains examples of:
- Ascended Fanboy: Many staff members are Nintendo fans, as well as Nintendo Power fans.
- A Day in the Limelight: Issue 35 is all about Waluigi.
- Dungeon Bypass: One comic details a way to do this in New Super Mario Bros. U — just use the Boost Mode blocks to hop to Star Coins without going through a long and painful series of jumps.
- Lampshade Hanging: The April Fool's Day section in issue #8, which features a parody of 2013's Year of Luigi in the form of the Year of Waluigi, features a comic by Matthew Taranto featuring his version of Waluigi from Brawl in the Family. Below where it gives his name, it says, "Who else would draw Waluigi like this? Seriously."
- Painting the Medium: The Nintendo Labo issue has its logo and article summaries made out of cardboard.
- Spiritual Successor: To Nintendo Power.
- Two Girls to a Team: Real Life example. Emily Rogers and Lindsey Layne King are the only female employees on Nintendo Force.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Outlined◊ in a comic about New Super Mario Bros. U. "Respect your booster or pay the price..."