It wasn’t until 2018 that Prima Games, one of the largest strategy guide publishers, announced that they would no longer publish physical strategy guides. Prima Games, which has been creating physics-based strategy guides for video games for the past 28 years, is shutting down, according to Publishers Lunch. Today’s report reveals that Prima Games, the company behind the strategy guide you see on every game store, is shutting down after nearly three years. Last week, Prima Games, the dominant force in the video game guide print industry, announced the closure of Prima Games, which will begin in the coming weeks and continue until the last office closes on March 14.
DK will close Prima Games in the spring of 2019. All offices in Roseville, California, Indianapolis, Indiana, and New York, NY are closed. We have contacted publishing company DK to confirm that Prima Games is leaving Prima Games, although the company’s licensing manager has responded to another strategy game resource on Twitter that is also suggesting a closure.
We were contacted by a lawyer representing one of the gaming companies and suggested that there might be problems. Nowhere did it explicitly say that Nintendo shut down hand-drawn game guides, but given how well Nintendo handles just about any fan use of its licenses, it’s pretty clear what happened. Last week, the game’s hand-drawn manuals had to be removed from Kickstarter due to legal issues with an unnamed company (guess which one).
A Kickstarter campaign known as Hand-Drawn Game Guides wanted to revive the nostalgia for old game strategy guides by releasing three guides to some of the popular NES NES games. The Kickstarter for hand-drawn game guides has shown its beauty.
The creator of the hand-drawn game guides, Philip Summers, knew that launching his brilliant storybook-style Nintendo game guides on Kickstarter was a legal risk, but he was willing to take the risk. Philip Summers’ latest work was a special guide to The Legend of Zelda for the NES, which quickly sold out and was released in several copies. Let’s hope that Summers can still somehow create her beauty, both through official channels and through a complete overhaul of the game’s hand-drawn manuals. According to Summers, the purpose of his great image was to replicate the feeling of watching a good game guide as a kid, with all the wonders and spectacles that came with it.
Sometimes I skimmed through the guides to find all the secrets in the game, and other times I picked them up simply because I liked seeing the graphics and details about the worlds I was about to dive into. You remember the excitement of opening your doors to classic strategists. Before the Internet was commonplace, if players wanted to know some amazing secrets and tips to help them get through the game, they considered purchasing a strategy guide. Just like dialling a number for help with a game (which I did with Monkey Island 2 in the early 1990s), the advent of the Internet has made physical strategy guides almost obsolete.
Or maybe you didn’t have access to the manual and created your own maps and strategies, carefully working on your favourite games to find the best path to victory.
Prima Games has expanded over the years to focus on game-specific strategies, gaining credibility among gamers with a wide range of guides. Previously, Prima was a handprint of Dorling Kindersley, a division of Penguin Random House Penguin Random House, and produced printed strategy guides with turn-by-turn game playthroughs and other information such as character sheets and motion diagrams.
By March 14, 2019, Prima Games was acquired by Asteri Holdings, which will close press operations and instead ask Prima to provide online gaming strategy guides as well as distribute gaming news. Prima and Brady, the two largest publishers of video game strategy guides in the US, merged in 2015 to become Prima Games after their parent companies, Random House and Penguin, in turn, Random House, their respective parent companies, merged in 2013 year. Dorling Kindersley was a small publisher operating out of an apartment building-style home office in Roseville, California when owner Ben Dominitz contracted writer Russell DeMaria in 1990 to create a strategy guide for video games, originally titled Secrets of the Games. Prima Games is a US publisher of strategy guides for video games.
Strategy guides marketed as “official” are written by the game distributors themselves or licensed by a specialized publisher; Prima Games (a division of Penguin Random House) and Piggyback Interactive (a division of Simon & Schuster) specialize in writing official guides for various companies. The RPG genre is our favourite when it comes to game guides and maps, but we also make walkthroughs for strategy games, adventure games, action RPGs, MMOs, and more. Our game guides are available on our website, but we also encourage you to download PDF files or read our guides in ePub format on e-readers, smartphones and tablets. In existence since 1990 and despite still being on the shelves of many gaming stores, it looks like the long-awaited demise of physical strategy guides has begun.