Nintendo Everything celebrates sixth anniversary with first major redesign

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5 months ago by (@NE_Brian)
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Unbelievably, Nintendo Everything is celebrating its sixth anniversary today. That number alone – “six” – completely boggles my mind. When our doors opened in 2007, I could never have predicted that the site would still be alive and kicking today.

Now, it’s true that we’ve gone through plenty of other anniversaries since NE came about, but this one is particularly special. I wanted it to be special in order to commemorate today’s occasion. And so for the first time in Nintendo Everything’s history, we’re introducing a major redesign.

We focused on three primary aspects for the new site: the look, highlighted content, and room for even more content.

Let’s talk about the look first. This was the first and most important element we sought to improve. A new design is definitely something that was needed – it’s a long overdue change. To put it simply, the layout just didn’t look as pretty as it should.

The site has been completely redone with a blue/white color scheme. It looks nice, don’t you think? We’ve changed things up from the dark and dull design of the past and provided NE with a fresh coat of paint in hopes of invoking a more modern feel.

Next point. In the past, we’ve been missing a section for certain types of content. What I’m specifically referring to are more general videos, images, and news posts that don’t normally make the cut on Nintendo Everything. We originally took an approach to share content we felt was most important while filtering out potentially superfluous items. But really, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have room for extra, off-beat posts.

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You’ll now notice that the site possesses various “tabs” on the front page. The first, “Latest Content”, is where you’ll find anything and everything – it encompasses all posts in “The Digest” tab, as well as things we wouldn’t have covered in the past. It’s your one stop resource to the latest Nintendo happenings, whether it’s coverage of an off-beat video, impressive piece of fan art, or niche game (…Petz?!).

Latest Content is for those of you who want a little something extra in the world of Nintendo. Over time, I think we’ll see it continue to evolve with content. We’re hoping our dedication to expanded news items will ultimately give further meaning to the name “Nintendo Everything”.

The second tab, “The Digest” should be most recognizable to regular visitors. Posts included here are the regular items you’d typically find on NE – important news, videos, screenshots, etc. This is for visitors who enjoy accessing the site as is prior to the redesign. We may be just a tiny bit more strict on content and designate a few more posts to “Latest Content” instead, but you can always count on the most important posts to be added to The Digest.

Regarding the third tab, this ties directly into our goal of more easily highlighting our features. Every review, interview, and podcast, can be found here for easy access. We’ve also added in links for “Features” and “Reviews” in both our header and footer, giving you even more ways to find original items.

Quick overview

  1. Latest content: home to everything Nintendo. News, screenshots, videos. Viral videos, random videos, fan art, niche game coverage (like Japanese only-games, casual game coverage like Just Dance). No filter here! Everything is accepted.
  2. The Digest: strictly the important news items, videos, and screenshots similar to the way we’ve approached content in the past, prior to the redesign. Filter: won’t display non-important Nintendo items.
  3. Features: the latest reviews, interviews, podcasts, and other original content on Nintendo Everything.

Continuing on the theme of highlighting content, that’s where the five blocks you see towards the top of the page come in. Going forward, we’ll have the ability to push certain posts – a feature, an important news item, etc. – in your direction and ensure that they do not quickly disappear from the front page.

So that about covers the important stuff. Other things you should be aware of:

  1. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking to iron out any bugs and improve things further. This will come with new functionality as well. Some ideas we have in mind are being able to scroll through different items in the highlighted blocks area (currently shows top five, and that’s all), create a user system, give a couple more options in the ways you can view content, and enhance the games database further.
  2. The new site was a massive undertaking, so it would have been tough to re-launch two new websites at once. Still, I haven’t forgotten about Gaming Everything. There will come a time in the somewhat near future when we’ll bring over the same design and features, for the most part. You’ll find information about this on GE when the time comes.
  3. Nintendo Everything is best-viewed in Google Chrome. We’re fully compatible with other browsers, but for the best viewing experience, we do advise using Chrome.

With that, happy anniversary to Nintendo Everything! And thank you all so, so much for taking the time to visit the site. We wouldn’t be much without you guys!


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  • Hoggy110

    The site…it’s purty

  • LordDisco

    The site looks great, my friend! Keep up the good work. I’m a huge NE fan. :)

  • Thomas_NE

    Just a heads up that the Reviews menu button doesn’t fit on the menu bar (for me anyway), it’s awkwardly hidden behind the “Send us a News Tip” button.

    Does the Games button still being there mean you still plan on expanding that library, Brian?

    I really like the Recent Comments addition, makes it much easier to connect to the community. That being said, it says “No Recent Comments Found” sometimes.

    • Shortiloe

      For me it’s beside “Features” and fits on the menu bar. Mhh o:

      • Thomas_NE

        What browser are you using? I’m on Chrome. Resolution doesn’t seem to matter, I’ve hit the max-width. Here’s what I see: http://i.imgur.com/S3pE9aA.png

        • Brian

          Are you using the latest version of Chrome? I’m on Chrome right now and don’t see that issue.

          Also, Firefox doesn’t do so well at rendering fonts, so we need to go around and slap Mozilla!

          • Thomas_NE

            Yup, Version 30.0.1599.101

            Safari has the same issue as Chrome for me.

          • Brian

            Can you tell me what your operating system is?

            Also, Firefox doesn’t do so well at rendering fonts, so we need to go around and slap Mozilla!

            Looking into the recent comments thing. More games are coming to the database over the next few weeks and months. I’ve personally had to add each one individually, so… it takes awhile. We have over 700 thus far!

          • Thomas_NE

            Max OS X 10.6.8. Safari version is 5.1.10, also the latest available.

            If I change the padding from 13px to 12px on those menu items, everything seems to work fine.

            EDIT: Recent comments seem to work now! :)

          • Brian

            Comments thing should be fixed permanently soon, I hope. It’s kind of a problem on Disqus’ end, since we’re limited in the number of API requests we can make per hour. I’m now looking to increase the limit so that comments will always appear.

          • LordDisco

            I’m on Mac OSX using most recent Firefox right now, and the site looks great. Everything is in position, nothing out of place, and nothing is being cut off. Just so you know. ;)

          • Tiggy

            Did I hear…slapping? I’LL HELP :D

  • Shortiloe

    Looks very good! Now you should hire some1 or 2 maybe for the Comments-Section as they’re not very nice sometimes. :/

  • http://www.wheatleycopywriting.co.uk Neil Wheatley

    Fellas! It’s (Nintendo) everything I was hoping for and more!:D

  • wiiu4life

    The site is sexy and i’m loving it keep it up.

  • DStroke

    Hm although the old design was a bit rusty, I loved it because it was simple and had a great overview. Now the design is nice, but everything is so big and I have to scroll down to see 3 news except of 10 :(
    The new design looks very modern now, but i find it impractical for me, is there a way to change the look, make everythin smaller or the possibility to switch to the old design?

    But great work, ninevery is one of my top 3 news sites :)

    • Brian

      Sorry, but there isn’t much we can do! One of the complaints we often received was how the text was too small, not to mention other areas of the site.

      Maybe you’ll like our mobile site when we finally get around to it!

  • name111

    1. Site is WAAAAAAAY too narrow. Seriously, it’s 2013 and we all have widescreen monitors. This isn’t good at all.

    2. Title font is messed up. It only looks good when it’s zoomed. Pic:

    • name111

      …..

      • Thomas_NE

        Well, a wallpaper would be nice, I suppose.

    • Thomas_NE

      If you’ve got a responsive design you can over 980 pixels width, but I don’t see any other way. Since this one’s not responsive, I don’t see the problem. 90% of sites (yes that includes companies that paid tens of thousands for a site, like IGN, Edge, BBC, etc) have this width.

  • Kid X

    Wow, it looks so sleek, I will kind of miss the old Nintendo Everything though, I wonder how this will look on the 3DS browser (btw, I’m KIDNINTENDO)

  • catmario

    Wow!!! Good design!! It looks good!!!

  • Tiggy

    Wow this looks amazing Bri! So much cleaner than before. I’ll miss the old one to a certain extent but it was definitley time for a revamp. Well done to all of you and keep up the good work :)

  • oh-so-windy

    I use my gamepad for browsing and it looks great!

  • ehead

    Looks amazing! I welcome this change. Happy anniversary NE!

  • Sebastian

    looks good. but as that other person said, there are less news per screen now.
    if i was allowed three wishes:
    1. when i highlight text (for copying e.g.) i get white text on white background. please change that, as i can’t see what i’m highlighting.
    2. some sites can be browsed by skippping through posts via hotkeys(preferabbly j for next and k for previous)
    3. remove a little bit of the whitespace/padding between site elements(only vertically, horizontal looks fine)

    BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN I DON’T LIKE THE DESIGN

  • macmilk

    Love it!

  • gimmegimmekevin

    Congratulations guys! Site looks awesome.

  • Adrian Brown

    I’m been following you guys from around 2 years now, you are one of my direct Nintendo news sources and I’m happy to see you evolving. Nice look!

  • James

    love it

  • Brian

    I appreciate every single comment, guys! Glad to hear most of you think we’ve made a step in the right direction. More to come in the future!

  • Gabo

    Niiiiiiiiice! I have been out all day, I was looking forward to finally seeing this! Good job, Brian!

  • JayHexx

    Love the new design! good job!

  • jarop

    Congrats on the site design, looking great!

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