Nintendo Everything: Site updates

September 2015 Patreon giveaway winner

nintendoeverything-patreon Posted 3 days ago
By (@NE_Brian)

A few months ago, Nintendo Everything launched its Patreon page. And in August, we held our first giveaway on the site. Those who are pledging $5 or more are eligible for our Partreon giveaways.

We gave away a gold Mario amiibo in August. September’s giveaway was Kid Icarus: Uprising, and I’d like to announce that Glenn Davis is the winner of the game – congratulations! We’ll be in touch shortly to send your reward.

I’d also like to take a moment to announce our prize for October: Super Mario Maker. Just like all of our contests on Patreon, everyone is eligible regardless of their region. So long as you’re pledging $5 by the end of the month, you’ll be automatically entered.

We have a bunch of rewards on our Patreon page ranging from entry into our special Hall of Fame to sneak peeks at upcoming content. If you’re not interested in pledging, that’s totally okay. One thing that would help us immensely though is to ensure that adblock is disabled on Nintendo Everything. We’re not in the best financial situation at the moment!


Patreon update #2

nintendoeverything-patreon Posted 1 week ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Giving this a final bump to the top! There are only a few days left in September, so we’ll be choosing a winner for our second giveaway next weekend in all likelihood.

Hey everyone!

A new month is here, so I wanted to update everyone on our Patreon.

Our Hall of Fame page has been updated again with a list of everyone’s names. If you’re pledging $1 and have chosen to receive a reward (a couple of you opted to not receive any rewards), you’ll be automatically included on the page. Please let me know if you’d prefer to not be on there, or if you want a different name in the Hall of Fame.

Next, we have some giveaway business to take care of. Those who pledge $5 are automatically eligible for our monthly giveaways exclusively for Patreon. Our first ever giveaway, which took place during August, was for the gold Mario amiibo. The winner of that prize is… Corey Buttel! We’ll be in touch shortly to arrange for the shipping of this reward.


This month’s giveaway is for a 3DS game that is very close to my heart: Kid Icarus: Uprising. Everyone pledging $5 or higher is eligible to receive this prize, regardless of their region. It will likely be a code that you can download from the eShop, but we may offer it as a packaged version depending on the winner’s region.

I think that’s mostly it! Of course, if you’re pledging $3+, you can also get some sneak peeks of things like features and certain news items before they hit the site. You can find our full Patreon page and lineup of rewards here.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us thus far. Every little bit helps!


Come join our news team!

NE Logo with BG Posted 1 month ago
By (@NE_Brian)

It’s that time again, folks! We’re seeking a news writer to handle the site for a few hours on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Here are the relevant times:

– 1:30 AM PT – 4:30 AM PT
– 3:30 AM CT – 6:30 AM CT
– 4:30 AM ET – 7:30 AM ET
– 9:30 AM in the UK – 12:30 PM in the UK
– 10:30 AM in Europe (CEST) – 1:30 PM in Europe (CEST)
– Want your timezone but don’t see it listed? Specify in the comments!

If you’re interested in writing news for the site, send in an email here along with the region you’re located in and I’ll get back to you with more information. Please keep in mind that this is a non-paid position. Thanks in advance for your interest!


We’re hosting another Super Mario Maker live stream on Tuesday

super-mario-maker Posted 1 month ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Hello everyone! We’re planning another Super Mario Maker live stream for Tuesday. Like last time, it will be hosted on our YouTube page.

We’re currently planning on having the stream begin at 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT. Also like last time, it will be an hour long.

If we make any changes to our streaming plans, this post will be updated with relevant information!


Patreon update #1 – first giveaway, Hall of Fame update

nintendoeverything-patreon Posted 1 month ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Update (8/29): Giving this a bump to the top. It’s your last chance to be eligible for our August giveaway!

Original (8/2): It’s the first weekend of a new month, so I thought now would be as good a time as any to share a first update regarding out new Patreon!

First order of business: giveaways. Starting today, those who are pledging $5 or more will be automatically entered into an exclusive giveaway for a gold Mario amiibo! We’ll be choosing a winner once the August payments have been processed (end of August/very start of September). If you’ve donated $5 or more during the period, no action is needed on your part – a winner will be randomly chosen. Something else to keep in mind: each Patreon giveaway is open to all regions.


One final note about giveaways: those who are pledging $5 or more are as of today eligible for automatic entry into any giveaway we hold right here on the site. That’s in addition to the monthly giveaways held for $5+ pledges on Patreon. It’s basically two bonuses in one!

Our Hall of Fame is now officially open for business, and you can find it right here. This is our small way of showing appreciation to each person who is looking to help the site out financially.

Other things that happened on Patreon during July (for $3+ pledges):

– Sneak peaks of two features before they hit the same
– Sneak peak of one news item before it hit the site
– Just a Chat in MP3 form

I think that’s it for now. Thank you so much to those who have supported us thus far. Every contribution, no matter how little or large, is truly appreciated.

Nintendo Everything’s Patreon can be found here. If you’re wondering why it was even set up in the first place, please read this post as well as this one.


Come watch our Super Mario Maker live stream on Thursday

super-mario-maker Posted 1 month ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Dennis just recently managed to get his hands on Super Mario Maker. A review will be coming a bit later, but we wanted to take the opportunity to show the game to you guys later this week.

We’re currently planning on live streaming Super Mario Maker for about an hour on Thursday via our YouTube channel. It may change to Twitch, but we’ll keep you updated before the event begins.

Our stream should kick off at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT. An archived version will also be made available soon after.

In terms of the stream, definitely let us know if there’s anything particular that you’d like to see and whatnot. There are some limitations in terms of elements that we’re allowed to show (mainly amiibo), but we’ll take everything into consideration!


The state of Nintendo Everything’s comments

NE Logo with BG Posted 2 months ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Hi everyone. I really feel as though this post is necessary so that we can address the state of the site’s comments.

So. Over the past several years, there’s been very little moderation on the site when it comes to comments. As of late, however, I’ve noticed – with others pointing this out to me as well – that things have become a bit on the sour side.

I’ve mentioned this a couple over times over the past few weeks, but I don’t want our comments to become toxic. While I won’t want to name any names, it’s easy to come across cases of this on a number of well-known websites – gaming and non-gaming. This is something I’ve been keen on avoiding since the site launched many years ago.

I’ve touched on this already, but Nintendo Everything is a games website. We talk about Nintendo games. Things are supposed to be fun and light-hearted. Of course, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for serious discussions and heated debates. But I believe there comes a point when comments can become detrimental, and there’s nothing to be gained from certain types of discussions.

It’s a matter of where we draw the line. To me, attacking and/or harassing others shouldn’t be acceptable. When we’re being overly mean to each other, what’s the point of having comments? Why can’t we have comments that are welcoming to all types of people?

I don’t intend to take moderation too seriously here. I think people should be able to say what they want to at the end of the day. But ultimately, when things seem like they’re getting out of hand, that’s when I feel I need to step in.

The one thing I’ll say is that I believe we should be able to respect each other. If we can’t even do that, then that is pretty sad in my book.

I don’t know what else to say. I’m looking to accommodate everyone. Some people will want no moderation, while others will want plenty. Some people will think that we’re taking things too far, while others will be on the opposite end of the spectrum. I’ve seen both sides of the coin. If nothing that I’m saying isn’t resonating with you, well, I don’t know how to respond. All I can say is that I’m doing my best. It isn’t easy.


Let’s try out this Patreon thing

NE Logo with BG Posted 2 months ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Running Nintendo Everything is extremely difficult. It can be very stressful. So much of my time and energy is poured into the site every single day, and I usually don’t have much time to relax. I have my hands in so, so many different areas of the site, including plenty of things that aren’t immediately visible to those who visit.

All of that said, there’s a reason why I continue working on Nintendo Everything each day, and it’s quite simple. The bottom line is that I love it. I love writing about Nintendo in one form of another. I love being able to share updates with those who stop by. I take pride in the fact that many people get enjoyment out of the updates I post. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Nintendo Everything has become very much embedded in my daily life, and the site means an incredible amount to me. You all are very important to me as well.

I want to keep working on Nintendo Everything for as long as I can and in the same manner that I have been these past few years. There’s just one major roadblock that has cropped up as of late.

Earlier this month, I put up two crucial site-focused posts. Both of them were financial related. The site, and myself in turn, are struggling in this area. The ads we have on Nintendo Everything help, but they aren’t bringing in the type of revenue that is needed to avoid a major change. I asked for some guidance from you all, and one of the top suggestions was Patreon, which I’ve now decided to pursue.

What is Patreon?

Patreon is sort of like Kickstarter in a way. The campaign we’ve set up allows for people to donate a set amount to the site each month. This can be as low as $1, or something higher. The pledge amount is completely determined by you. Pledges can be changed from month to month if that’s something you’re interested in, and you can even choose to completely cease pledges at any point.

I’ve set up a few different rewards similar to other Patreon campaigns you may have come across. The base reward ($1) is entry into our Hall of Fame, which is now live on the site. We’ll be adding in names – sorted by pledge amounts – once the first month has passed. There are other rewards as well, including access to our Patreon feed where you’ll receive sneak peaks at updates coming to the site, entry into special monthly giveaways, and more.

Something I do want to stress is that Patreon isn’t impacting our coverage of Nintendo in the slightest. We won’t be locking content away behind it, and everything will proceed on Nintendo Everything as normal.

The end!

I have no idea what to expect from Patreon. Heck, this thing could potentially bomb bigtime. But I truly want to thank everyone who will be supporting us through Patreon, and hopefully the site can continue on for years to come!

Nintendo Everything is now on Patreon here!


Let’s get serious for a moment (part 2)

Logo Posted 3 months ago
By (@NE_Brian)

Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating! Even if you have nothing to do with the holiday, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.

Last week, I put up a pretty important post on Nintendo Everything. If you haven’t already seen it, I’d greatly appreciate if you’d give it a look since it’s very critical to the site’s future. The gist is that, from a financial standpoint, I have some concerns, and I feel like something will need to change sooner rather than later in order for things to continue as they are now. Ultimately I’ve just wanted to continue handling the site in the same manner that I have been for the past eight years, am I’m hoping that some of the suggestions you threw my way will allow for that.

The kindness you’ve shown thus far has been overwhelming. I can’t thank you all enough for the positive sentiments, words of encouragement, and overall support you’ve shared. It truly means a lot to me, and I can’t say that enough.

Over the past few days, I’ve been taking the time to really look at and reflect upon all of the comments left in last week’s post. There were two main suggestions that were brought up, and both were donation-related. One idea was to add a donation link (ex: PayPal) to the site. The other, which was suggested more than anything else, was Patreon. Patreon is something that I may very well pursue, but I feel like this post (and subsequent feedback once again!) is necessary before anything can happen.

So what the heck is Patreon? Many of you seem to be familiar with it already, but it’s certainly worth an explanation regardless.

Patreon would allow anyone who visits Nintendo Everything to donate to the site each month. That could be as little as $1, or something higher – it’d be entirely up to you. You’d also be able to cancel or change your donation amount from month to month. Patreon is more than a donation service though. It would also allow me to provide everyone who chips in with a few “rewards”.

At least for now, the idea of Patreon seems like the smarter way of approaching the situation when compared to a donation link. With the former, you guys would have complete control as to how much to donate from month to month. I also like the idea of providing something in return, even if it wouldn’t be huge.

I think that’s it for now. Just like last week, I’ll be reading up on everything you all have to say in the comments below. I realize that we already had a pretty big talk and Patreon was one of the top suggestions stemming from the previous post, but I really did feel like one more discussion was necessary before proceeding with anything. Based on last week’s comments and how people respond this week, I’ll be making a final decision on how to proceed very soon.