Welcome to the New Nintendojo

Thanks for checking out the new Nintendojo! Find out about our new design and content.

By M. Noah Ward. Posted 06/09/2010 01:39 6 Comments     ShareThis

Welcome to the New ND

Thanks for checking out the new Nintendojo! As one of the oldest Nintendo fan sites out there, we decided we wanted to do more than put a new face (and content tool!) on the same thing you can find at 50 other fan-run sites. Going forward, we’ll have weekly, themed issues of content where we will celebrate, critique, laugh and get nostalgic over topics that are relevant to Nintendo fans old and new alike.

If you’re a fan of The Escapist Magazine, you’ll love what we’re doing here. We have no illusions of becoming the new Escapist– we just want to give you Nintendo fans something unexpected each day you check out your favorite game sites. Instead of seeing the same news story or reviewed game you saw ten times in the last five minutes, you’ll get something to chuckle at, debate or feel like sharing. We’ll also be getting more into video than before, and we’ll be including new, fun content pieces that aren’t always “500 words about item X.”

We’re not forgetting what got us here– we’ll still be writing reviews and previews, recording our podcast, creating two weeks of E3 2010 content and giving you the daily news in a fresh, nightly summary format. Our reviews are also going to have an easier-to-understand letter grade scoring format, and they will feature our iconic mushrooms to help you quickly see the highlights and lowlights of every game we review. Further, we’re expanding our commenting interface to cover more of our stories and bringing our polls back from the dead, giving you more ways to interact and giving you nifty Ninja Points and belt rankings for doing so.

If you’re wondering what’s happening to our last 12 years of content, it’s still here too in an archive, and we’ll be migrating it into our shiny new site’s content tool, which will make all stories even easier to comment on, search through and subscribe to. We have several RSS feeds now, and you can subscribe to them to get your Nintendojo content faster than ever before.

Please note that we’re still in a beta state. We wanted to get as much of the site ready for you as we could before E3, but we plan to clean up and expand it throughout the summer months.

Before wrapping up, I’d like to thank Drew Strickland for doing all of the heavy lifting in creating our new page layouts as well as installing and custom-modifying WordPress to take us into the future. Drew’s very good at what he does, if you’re looking for someone to work on your site. And if you’re wondering about the design and supplementary graphics, well, that’s me.

That’s not to overlook the content– the Nintendojo Staff is incredible and has been creating terrific content for weeks to make this redesign a success. There’s so much fun stuff to share with you– now we only have post it up each day and see what you think. I’m so thankful to have such a great group of guys here powering the heart of Nintendojo.

And that’s it. We hope you like the new Nintendojo and want to hear what you think about it. So register a Nintendojo account, join our forums, send us an email or fire off a tweet, and let us know what you think.

— M. Noah Ward, Editor-in-Chief

P.S. Like what you see? We’re always looking for great new folks to join the team, and now’s as exciting a time as ever to write, record and film at Nintendojo. Check out our hiring page to send in your app!

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