It’s been over a year since we started NintendOtaku. That time has flown by. I’ve been through a lot, changed a lot. I’ve learned a lot, too. My interest in journalism has grown tenfold – leading me to start other projects, like a Twitter news account surrounding the Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru franchise (Yuki Yuna is a Hero). This newfound obsession of mine never would have come to fruition had I never taken the plunge and started NintendOtaku. Likely as the result of this, my desire to make NintendOtaku even better has grown, as well – and for a long time now, I’ve struggled to decide what exactly is the best way to move forward. I didn’t know what I wanted NintendOtaku to be.
I don’t want NintendOtaku to be like every other news site.
I don’t want it to be another GoNintendo, another NintendoEverything, or another AnimeNewsNetwork.
I want it to be something unique, it’s own thing, something I – we – can truly be proud of.
And after a long period of thinking, turning in my sleep, and reading countless articles on how to be a better journalist, I think I’ve finally come to a conclusion.
Journalism is a skill. Like anything else, it needs to be cultivated. You need to strive to improve. Keep getting better and better. And it’s this philosophy that will be the driving force of the site from now on. It’s not about finding a format and keeping to it. Yes, we need to be consistent, but that’s a different matter. NintendOtaku should keep growing, changing, getting better and better. So, that’s what we’re going to do from now on. We’ll be rethinking everything from the types of content we produce, to the way we structure our articles, everything. Iterating, trying to improve upon the last.
So, putting the motivational speech aside, what changes can you expect from us right now?
Well, firstly, besides attempting to be more consistent, we’re going to report on any big anime/manga series news as it happens. So, anything like Naruto, Dragon Ball, My Hero Academia, that kind of big – we’ll report on as soon as possible. Bear in mind though, we do unfortunately have lives around working on the site, and it isn’t big enough to be our jobs. But we’ll write up articles whenever we’re free. As for Nintendo, we want to focus on primarily first and second party news from now on. With anime/manga, we want to report on everything because it’s an art-form that we love. But with Nintendo, we only like Nintendo games. We don’t want to talk about whatever random games released on the eShop this week, because we don’t care about that – and we don’t feel qualified to talk about that.
If we attempt to talk about something we have very little knowledge about, or aren’t at all passionate about, the writing quality noticeably isn’t as good. If we don’t think we can do it the full justice, we don’t feel we should talk about it at all. That said, there will be some exceptions. We’ll talk about some third party games on a case by case basis. There are a variety of factors that we’ll consider – such as our personal interest, public interest, the developers’ relationship with Nintendo – but to give a recent example, we’ll definitely be talking about the recently released River City Girls, and reviewing it. That said, I’m ordering the physical edition from Limited Run Games, so that coverage will have to wait until I receive my copy.
That said, if something is announced via an official Nintendo source – such as a Direct, or at E3 – we don’t want to just ignore it. So, we’ll quickly list those types of announcements at the bottom of a round-up article. To explain what I mean better, let me put it like this – if xyz developer announces something for Switch we won’t report on it, but if Nintendo announces something for xyz developer, we’ll mention it.
Anyways, we’ll talk about any first/second party Nintendo news as it happens, too (rather than throwing them in a Daily Round-Up). You might’ve noticed we’ve already begun doing this. We think this is best, because by the time a Daily Round-Up is released, most people will have heard about the news and no longer care. We’re still going to try and have these articles be the highest quality of writing they can be, of course. All smaller anime/manga news, and anything Nintendo we really feel we can’t put into a standalone article, will be put into a Weekly Round-Up. Doing these weekly rather than daily will make them little easier to keep up with, as we can work on them slowly throughout the week, whereas trying to get one out per day got quite stressful (granted, there would be less news to include now, but still).
We also want to start doing a lot more investigative journalism and long form type articles – like retrospectives, complete histories, or anything that comes to mind, really. We’re going to work on these slowly, in the background. These articles will have the most work and research put into them, and we really hope you’ll look forward to them. We have a lot of ideas. We should hopefully have one or two released by the end of the month. In addition, once we get our Patreon back up and running, we’re going to release these a day early for our Patrons. Don’t worry, news articles and reviews will never be held back for Patrons.
Also, YouTube. You may have seen we began uploading our podcast recently, and we’re going to start uploading regular videos there soon. It’s hard to put into words exactly the kind of content we’re going to put on there, but we don’t want the YouTube to replace our articles – just to offer another perspective, of sorts. We’d really like it if you watched a YouTube video on a topic, you also read the corresponding article. We can’t force you though, of course. And we do want to also make it that both kinds of content can be enjoyed separately. Again, hard to put into words.
But yeah, that’s about it. Thanks for making it all the way to the end, and thanks for bearing with us all this time. This has been weighing on me for quite a while, and I’m glad to have finally found my answer. We hope you’ll stick around for the next chapter of NintendOtaku.