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Below, the campaign page's contents from its final day, preserved for posterity:
Hey there, Force fans! After a successful first campaign here on Kickstarter one year ago, the Nintendo Force is back to offer both returning subscribers and new fans the chance to keep new, Nintendo-focused magazines coming to you throughout 2015. It's time to renew, or to subscribe for the first time!
- Update #25: Final Stretch Goal Achieved! + Sneak Peek at Issue #14
- Update #24: 2,500 Subscribers + All Poster Stretch Goals Cleared! Time for a New Stretch Goal!
- Update #23: Friendly Friday: Kotor Comics
- Update #22: Contribute to the NF Inbox + The Final Giveaway Wednesday!
- Update #21: Final Week! + Back Issue Sale + Limited Advertising Tiers
- Update #20: Friendly Friday: Kevin Cassidy's "My Parents Play" Videos
- Update #19: 2300 Subscriber Mark Smashed! + Giveaway Wednesday #7: Pit amiibo!
- Update #18: New Pledge Tier! Get the "Year 2" Back Issues in Print
- Update #17: Player's Poll Challenge Completed! + Friendly Friday: Gamnesia
- Update #16: Majora's Mask Poster Upgrade Added to Player's Poll Challenge + Giveaway Wednesday #6: Shulk amiibo!
- Update #15: The Player's Poll Challenge!
- Update #14: Another Stretch Goal Achieved! + Friendly Friday: Steel Assault
- Update #13: 72-Hour Challenge Destroyed! + Giveaway Wednesday #5: Sheik amiibo!
- Update #12: Victory Achieved! + 72-Hour Majora's Mask Poster Challenge!
- Update #11: Charity Art Auction!
- Update #10: Friendly Friday: Geekade + Bonus! Nintendo Quest!
- Update #9: Giveaway Wednesday #4: Lucario amiibo!
- Update #8: New Pledge Tier! + First Stretch Goals Announced
- Update #7: Friendly Friday: Tiny Cartridge
- Update #6: Issue #13 Released! + Marth amiibo Winner + New Prize Revealed
- Update #5: 2014 NF Awards Voting + Friendly Friday: Tiny Girl Tiny Games
- Update #4: 75% There + Majora's Mask Winner + New Giveaway: Marth amiibo!
- Update #3: Art on Demand! New Artists' Tiers Added
- Update #2: Friendly Friday: Boss Fight Books
- Update #1: Halfway There! + Introducing Giveaway Wednesday!
We've hit our baseline goal of $55,000 to make another year of NF Magazine happen! Now it's time to look ahead to what we could do with any extra funding that comes in above and beyond that total. One of our big dreams for last year's subscription cycle was to begin adding fold-out posters to our issues – getting a new poster to unfold and hang up on your wall was always a highlight of each new Nintendo Power edition in their classic era, and we wanted to recapture that piece of the NP spirit. We were able to do two different posters last year, getting the momentum started in this area. Now, we want to do more!
We've done it! When we first came to Kickstarter at the beginning of 2014, one of our key dreams was being able to reintroduce fold-out posters to every issue of our magazine, just as in Nintendo Power's classic years. We made it partway to that goal last year, as we were able to do two different posters – one that shipped alongside Issue #8, and another that accompanied Issue #13.
But this year, you guys have blown these Stretch Goals out of the water! We'll now be able to include posters with every single issue through the year ahead! And keep in mind that the Majora's Mask 3D poster that was earned through the completion of the 72-Hour Challenge is counted separately – so that's a total of seven different posters coming to our 2015 print subscribers! Great job, everyone!
We even had time for an extra Stretch Goal at the very end, and you all completed that one too! Thanks so much for the huge outpouring of support!
Here's some background info for you. Back in December of 2012, Nintendo Power Magazine shipped its final issue. That got a lot of long-time Nintendo fans upset, as NP had been the one consistent and reliable print magazine covering Nintendo video games ever since the '80s. Some of us had been subscribers for over two decades, and there were still tens of thousands of active subscribers getting new issues delivered in the mail up until that final issue.
Well, we didn't want to see that legacy die. So we assembled a dream team of the most well known Nintendo journalists from around the world and launched a new magazine two years ago – the first issue went on sale on January 11, 2013, exactly one month after Nintendo Power ended.
NF Magazine is not Nintendo Power. But we're carrying its torch forward into the future by paying homage to the best parts of NP's past while forging a new identity with an all-new team. So join the Force! Subscribe to NF Magazine by pledging to this Kickstarter, and get Nintendo magazines coming to your mailbox, your email inbox or directly to your digital reading device of choice.
Want to get a sense of what the future holds, and what kind of content you can expect from NF Magazine in the year ahead? Take a look at the issues we've created and delivered since the conclusion of last year's campaign, and use them as an example of the kind of content you can expect to see in the new issues coming throughout the year ahead:
Our first issue published after the successful conclusion of the NF Magazine Year 2 Subscriptions Kickstarter campaign, “The Road to Mario Kart 8″ focused its attention on that most famous of kart racing franchises as we examined its entire history, going all the way back to the SNES days. This issue was also accompanied by our first fold-out poster, featuring Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom friends in their first anti-gravity race. (Illustrated by Thor Thorvaldson.)
The reversible cover concept we first employed for our Pokémon X & Y issue in 2013 returned for an encore with Issue #9, as we gave equal prominence to both Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright to highlight their crossover adventure. Inside, our feature content turned its attention to Father's Day and examined the parenting successes and failures seen in many of Nintendo's most prominent franchises.
Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton weren't the only two separate game series to cross paths in 2014, as what we dubbed "The Year of Crossovers" prominently continued with Hyrule Warriors in August – it fused The Legend of Zelda with Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors franchise. We also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the original flagship piece of video game crossover media – the classic cartoon show "Captain N: The Game Master" – by debuting the first half of a two-part, 10-page sequel comic.
That Captain N sequel comic just so happened to star "Princess NF," the daughter of classic captain Kevin Keene and Princess (now Queen) Lana. Appropriately, the comic continued into Issue #11, which had as its focus the Leading Ladies of Nintendo gaming. Shantae claimed the cover for this one as her long-awaited third adventure neared its debut date in the Nintendo eShop.
For our final issue of 2014, we presented "The Gratitude Project," a social media campaign that encouraged our readers to send tweets of thankfulness out to the hardworking video game developers who make our favorite pastime possible. Bundled along with this issue was our second fold-out poster, which was a double-sided celebration of the new Super Smash Bros.!
The final issue of last year's "Year 2" subscription cycle, "Art & Soul" is dated as January/February 2015 – but don't let that confuse you! There's always one issue that overlaps into the new calendar year, and it's launched while the new year's Kickstarter campaign is active. So if you're signing up for a new 2015 subscription through this Kickstarter, you'll get Issue #14 covering March/April 2015 as your first issue, then your subscription will continue all the way until Issue #19 covering January/February 2016. Cool?
The subscription years don't exactly line up with calendar years – if they did, we'd have to run these Kickstarters in November/December, right in the middle of the holiday season, and it'd be a lot harder to get people to remember a magazine renewal during that much more hectic time of year.
All that said, our "Art & Soul" issue closed out last year's subscription cycle with a look at the video games that have been totally defined by their art styles – their visuals have been so bold and unique that they've influenced the gameplay directly! The new Wii U release, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, illustrates this type of game perfectly, as its visuals are entirely made out of clay. So, for this issue's cover, we commissioned the extraordinary clay artist Camille Young to craft a totally unique all-clay art piece! Didn't she do a great job?
This Kickstarter campaign is primarily focused on funding production for our new issues through the end of 2015, but if you're just now joining us and want to get caught up on the previous issues you see above, many of them are available for individual purchase through NFMagazine.com. A few of our tiers also offer back issues as part of their reward for pledging. Take a look!
Producing a print magazine is a risky venture. It's one of the reasons Nintendo Power shut down – creating physical magazines, printing them in bulk and mailing them out to thousands of people around the planet is a massive undertaking each and every time you do it.
When our first issue went on sale in January 2013, the outpouring of support was so enormous that we knew it would be safe to open up full-year subscriptions. So we did, and thousands of you joined the Force by buying print subscriptions, digital subscriptions or a combination of both. We raised enough funding to be able to cover the production costs for a full year of issues – the costs to print all of the issues and package and mail them around the world.
Then, one year ago, we came to Kickstarter to launch our second year. That first campaign here succeeded wonderfully, allowing us to expand our scope and begin doing things like adding posters to some issues (and we were able to begin paying our team for their work for the first time).
Now we've returned because we want to do it again. This is the campaign for our third year. We're seeking to raise the amount of funding we need to print, package and mail another full year's worth of magazine issues. That's the funding goal for the Kickstarter campaign – once we hit that mark, we know we're secured to be able to keep doing what we've been doing for another year.
Kickstarter also offers us the unique opportunity to set defined stretch goals above and beyond the bottom-line funding goal – and if we hit those, too, we'll be able to enhance our 2015 issues by continuing to include bonuses like posters, or other fun extras that you, our backers, will have a say in helping us to determine.
Next, Kickstarter is an amazing platform for getting the word out about any kind of creative project – and there are still thousands upon thousands of Nintendo fans out there who haven't heard about us! There are people who are still sulking, bummed that Nintendo Power got canceled over two years ago now, and who just don't know that there's a new team carrying the torch forward today. Kickstarter is a signal booster to reach out to more of those people, and new fans will be able to sign up for 2015 subscriptions using this same campaign page.
And that's the last reason to go to Kickstarter – simple organization. There are thousands of you out there now, and having everyone go through this process and pick which type of subscription you want for the year ahead helps us get everyone organized, make sure everyone's mailing addresses are up-to-date and all of the rest of that unglamorous behind-the-scenes stuff.
Here are the members of the Nintendo Force! No matter what corner of the Nintendo fandom you call home, chances are good you're familiar with one or more of the faces or names seen here.
Beyond the team members pictured above, several more have helped make NF Magazine a reality – especially all of our subscribers!
This Kickstarter is a little different than most, in that we're combining two categories of supporters together – our existing subscribers and all-new fans who are just now joining us. For the most part, this campaign's rewards are 2015 magazine subscriptions of various types – digital, print or digital and print together in a combo.
If you've already been a subscriber with us, this campaign is the place where you'll renew your subscription for another year. We decided to offer renewals in this way for organizational purposes – all of our existing subscribers are getting Issue #13 as their last issue. It's the finale for "Year 2" of NF Magazine, and it's actually going to be released while this campaign is active. If you've enjoyed what we've done so far, then sign up for another year, won't you? Your continued support will mean that we can keep going for another year, and you'll get to continue getting new NF Magazine issues delivered to your mailbox, email inbox, tablet or other reader device for another year.
And if you haven't yet become a subscriber, or if you're just now hearing about our magazine for the first time, this is the perfect time to jump on board! Scroll through the different pledge tiers and look at the options we're making available – as mentioned above, some of them will allow you to get caught up on the issues you've missed while also getting your name on the list to receive our future issues for 2015.
And if you support this Kickstarter campaign, you won't have to wait to see the benefits of your pledge – the first issue of our new subscription cycle will be released in late March, just a few weeks after the conclusion of this fundraiser!
This campaign's going to carry on through mid-March, and you can keep tabs on its progress by coming back to visit this page, heading over to our home base on NFMagazine.com, liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.
Nintendo Power got unplugged – and that still stings, even two years later. But NF Magazine is here to keep carrying its torch forward into the future. Help us to do it, won't you? Join the Force of Nintendo fans!
Risks and challenges
Unlike many creative projects that come to Kickstarter to seek funding as only conceptual ideas or works-in-progress, NF Magazine has already been in production for over two years. We've created and published over a dozen issues so far, and we've gotten into the groove of what it takes to make new editions happen on time. There's very little risk involved here – we just need your help to gather the funds needed to continue doing what we've already been doing!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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