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The word on the street is that Future Publishing Limited might be shutting down their print division. This includes all three official console magazines for this country: Official Xbox Magazine, PlayStation: The Official Magazine, and Nintendo Power.

Needless to say, that's a huge blow for gamers who prefer to absorb info via the printed page. Yes, such folks still exist, albeit in clearly dwindling numbers. I'm a big fan of Nintendo Power myself, as some may know by now, and I'm confident that others will be equally bummed to see its passing.

But at least there's something else on the horizon to somewhat help fill the hole. Not too long ago, NES-Bit announced that they would be producing a print publication of their own. An open call for submissions was made on their forums, and the since updated original post might be a clue as to what one should expect form the upcoming first issue.

This includes a look at animal and human abuse in certain games, import titles that utilized the Power Glove, how some games have aged over the years, plus a head to head comparison of NES titles and their Wii Virtual counterparts. And most recently, it was noted that it'll finally be ready by the end of this week.

The plan thus far is to offer a hard copy, which might be easier to obtain in the UK, since that's where the site is located, or electronically, in the form of a PDF. But for those who want something to read asap, the site has also just posted PDF copies of Total! Magazine, another Nintendo specific publication that ran in the UK between 1991 and 1996. The first issue and a 1993 special are what's available thus far, with more to come. It too was published by Future.