Nintendo Everything: Site updates

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

nintendoeverything-patreon Posted 9 hours ago
By (@NE_Brian)
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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.

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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.

 

The state of Nintendo Everything’s comments

NE Logo with BG Posted 1 week ago
By (@NE_Brian)
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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 weeks ago
By (@NE_Brian)
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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 4 weeks ago
By (@NE_Brian)
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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.

 

Seeking a news writer!

Logo Posted 1 month ago
By (@NE_Brian)
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Hi everyone. Quick site update!

Kira is sadly stepping away from her main position on the site due to personal work responsibilities. That means we have an opening for a news writer.

We’re looking for someone to help out on Wednesdays and Fridays. You’d be posting news each week during the following times:

– 1:30 AM PT – 4:30 AM PT
– 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 – 1:30 PM in Europe

If this is something you’re interested in, get in touch here! I’ll follow up with everyone who sends in an inquiry.

 

Let’s get serious for a moment

Logo Posted 1 month ago
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Let’s Talk is on a one week break so that I can give the spotlight to a very important site topic. The feature will be back in full force next week!


With each passing anniversary on Nintendo Everything, I’ve thought about doing this forever. I can’t properly express how much I love the site, and how it’s become extremely embedded in my daily life.

There’s very little that I won’t do for Nintendo Everything – whether that means putting it ahead of my personal life, sleep, health… you name it. For nearly eight years, that’s the way things have been. That’s largely because I love being in a position to write about Nintendo in some form. I also take great happiness in knowing that I’m able to share updates about the company with you all.

Everything sounds fantastic, right? Well, in reality, that isn’t entirely the case. I think I may have been in denial a bit in terms of how long Nintendo Everything can continue on. Okay, that probably sounds way too dramatic. Let me try to explain what’s been on my mind and why this post is even necessary.

Over the past year or two, I’ve been taking a serious look at Nintendo Everything’s (and my own) financial situation. I need to be completely honest here and admit that it’s not the best. It’s why I’m putting up this post today, and why I’d like to have a discussion about the site’s future.

Running a site, as rewarding as it is, can be very taxing. The financial aspect alone has been extremely stressful for me. Few people have known about this – maybe just a handful.

Nintendo Everything generates revenue through ads. Unfortunately, this is not at all the best/consistent source of income. The ads themselves cannot at all be relied upon. Companies act irregularly in terms of when they’re interested in advertising. The first half of the year is often filled with dead periods for ads. Throw in the fact that some people use Adblock, and the situation becomes a bit of a mess. Truthfully, the site isn’t exactly bringing in what it needs to right now.

Those are some of the reasons why I’m concerned about Nintendo Everything’s future. We’re not in an absolutely dreadful situation, but we’re not in a good one either. It’s very tough for the middle-of-the-road sites to survive. We’re not backed by any major corporation, we’re not part of a network, and I run everything independently.

At the end of the day, I don’t want anything to change. I don’t want us to have to team up with anyone else, sell the site, shut down, or anything along the lines. I just want to be in a position to continue doing what I’ve been doing for the past eight years or so.

So where does Nintendo Everything go from here? That’s what I’d like to talk to you all about today. I would really appreciate if we could have a discussion in the comments below about what I’ve tried to explain. Maybe you guys have some ideas about how I can go about things to improve the site’s situation. My ears (eyes?) are wide open, and I’ll be looking at everything you all have to say. Let’s turn this ship around!

 

Some email issues

Posted 1 month ago
By (@NE_Brian)
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Hey folks – quick site update. I’ve been experiencing email issues on my end for the past few days. Many emails slipped through and seemed to have disappeared, to put it simply. All problems have been fixed, but if you sent something in over the past week and were expecting a reply, please resend. Apologies for the inconvenience!

 

Do you have any further questions about Splatoon?

splatoon Posted 2 months ago
By (@NE_Austin)
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Hello. Everyone. (say this like Iwata does in the Nintendo Directs)

Nintendo was very kind to send us a pre-release build of Splatoon for review, and Brian and I wanted to try and get some video content about the game up before its release in a couple weeks. We were going to do a simple Q&A about the game, but since GameXplain already covered a ton of the more common desired information (as comprehensively and eloquently as they always do), we thought we’d ask first: is there anything more detailed you want to ask about the game? How mechanics interplay? How it feels to only have two maps in rotation? Something very specific about online play or whatever?

If you’ve got anything you want to ask, post a comment below, send us an email with the subject “Splatoon Question”, or tweet at us with the tweet beginning with “Splatoon Q:”.

Thanks everyone! We’ll look at the questions soon and decide if there’s reason enough for our own Splatoon Q&A video. Either way, we’ll have a video review when the embargo lifts and more video content before launch as well.

~Austin

 

Come take our new survey!

Logo Posted 2 months ago
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Giving this one final bump to the top. I’ll be closing the survey soon so that I can closely look over what you guys had to say!


Bumping this to the top. Thank you so much to those who completed the survey thus far. The feedback/comments/responses are very much appreciated and will hopefully allow us to improve! We received a ton more than I was expecting. I’ll be going through them all in the days and weeks ahead!


Surveys are not something that we’ve dealt with too much in the past. I’m changing that now! I have a fairly short survey that I would really, really appreciate if you could take a moment to fill out.


Take the survey here

There are several questions in there, but most are basically in the form of multiple choice/quick selections. Also, you can feel free to skip any question. I’m just looking for genuine responses! I can’t stress how important this survey is, and your feedback will help shape Nintendo Everything’s future. Thank you in advance!

 

Come join our news team! Night shift spot open

Logo Posted 3 months ago
By (@NE_Brian)
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Giving this a bump to the top. All emails that have been sent in have been responded to!


Kira is lessening her role on the site slightly to pursue some new opportunities and free up time. Because of that, we have a spot open for a news writer!

We’re looking for someone who can cover Nintendo Everything two days each week (between Monday and Friday) at the following times:

1:30 AM PT – 4:30 AM PT
4:30 AM ET – 7:30 AM ET
9:30 AM GMT+1 – 12:30 AM GMT+1
6:30 PM GMT+10 – 9:30 PM GMT+10

When joining the team, you’d initially pick the days that you’d be responsible for, though you’d need to stick with them. If you select Mondays and Wednesdays, we’d count on you being available during those days each week.

Please note that this is a non-paying position. I’d love to compensate our writers, and I feel awful that I can’t… but I just don’t have the means to do so. At all.

… anyway, I’ll also mention that you would only be responsible for news coverage, but your role could expand into areas such as reviews and features – depending on your interest of course!

I’m probably forgetting something, but I think that’s it! If you’re interested, send an email here and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.