Prima Games, a Staple of Video Game Guides, is Shutting Down

End of an era.

Prima Games, a staple in the video game guidebook space, is shutting down in Spring 2019 according to representatives of Penguin Random House. has an update from the Dorling Kindersley division of Penguin Random Houses which announced it has come to the "extremely difficult decision" to discontinue the U.S.-based Prima Games imprint by spring 2019. Prima offices in New York, Indianapolis, and Roseville, California will be affected though there's no word on what will happen to employees.

Prima Games was first founded in 1990 and became a regular necessity for gamers who wished to know all the secrets and cheat codes for a game in the pre-internet age. My copy of the Pokemon Red and Blue guide was so used it literally fell apart on me.

Prima was purchased by Penguin Random House along with fellow guidebook publisher Brady Games and the two were consolidated under Prima in 2015. There has been growing competition from online guides and other free resources as of late. Prima began offering premium book products with extra features and behind-the-scenes look into games featured for the guide.

Unfortunately for gamers Prima appears to be shipping its last books early next year. Pre-orders for Prima guides are still up for several early 2019 video game releases.

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