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Site News: Happy "Nintendo Life" Anniversary!

Posted by Anthony Dickens

Time to celebrate, it's been exactly one year

Some of our more regular guests will remember that on this day last year we merged our three Nintendo sites, Virtual Console Reviews, WiiWare World and the original Nintendo Life together to form what we now call "Nintendo Life". To celebrate we hope you enjoyed some "classic" themes across those sections of the site today.

It's been a fantastic first year for us and that's largely thanks to the dedicated team of writers we've managed to assemble. Whilst both Virtual Console Reviews and WiiWare World were successful in their own right, we've seen a massive increase in traffic since the merger, over 7 million visits - although some may disagree, it's proven to have been the right move to make.

We're now looking forward to our second year as one of the leading independently owned Nintendo-centric websites and we hope you all stay along for the ride. We've got a whole heap of features (some of which we've been promising for a long time) that should be ready soon, we'll be increasing our output across all formats, reviewing even more games and attending more top industry events - for example, Nintendo Life will be live from Nintendo's Media Briefing at E3.

Whilst we'd like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal staff who write for us in their own free time we'd also like to thank you for visiting and reading what we have to say - without you we wouldn't be here.

Thanks for your continued support - Happy Anniversary!

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User Comments (90)

Cipher

#2

Cipher said:

Has it only been a year?! Good lord, it seems a lot longer than that...

In a good way, of course! Love the site, it really has become one of the biggest Nintendo sites there is - one of the world's leading ones, no doubt.

TheBaconator

#3

TheBaconator said:

A year already! Seemed like yesterday when I had to go on 2 different web sites to get all Wii Shop Channel news. Good Times.

odd69

#5

odd69 said:

Thank you guys for reviewing Wiiware games for us. This site has great writers and a awesome community. I'm just glad to be apart of it.

antdickensAdmin

#6

antdickens said:

Thanks guys, we hope to grow even bigger this year and finally get around to doing some of things we've been promising. It's going to be a great year!

#7

said:

Except for the xboxps3 trolls and pseudo Nintendo fans that abound here, this is a great place for everything Nintendo related. Congratulations!

sykotek

#8

sykotek said:

Been visiting since the site was Virtual Console Reviews. Thank you and Happy Anniversary!

get2sammybAdmin

#9

get2sammyb said:

Oh it has been a year hasn't it? I remember all the "lol... April Fools?" comments. Happy Birthday NintendoLife! :)

zane

#16

zane said:

1 Year of lovely people to game with all over the world and new friends to. Thank you Nintendo life and crew. You are the awesomeness! CONGRATS!!!

metaknave

#17

metaknave said:

Congrats! I've only been here for 2 or 3 months, but have lurked since the merge. I can't wait to see the new features! :)

Maxsh

#21

Maxsh said:

Happy anniversary, chaps. I didn't realize it was this time already.

Courtest1

#22

Courtest1 said:

Happy Anniversary!! I literally go on your site at least 4-6 times a day to see what's new! Every morning as well with a bowl of cereal! Keep up with the good news!!

MasterGraveheart

#23

MasterGraveheart said:

Wait, so YOU'RE the ones who did away with the old Virtual Console Reviews page! Oh well, it created something new and awesome, so I won't complain, lol. Happy Anniversary!

KnucklesSonic8

#25

KnucklesSonic8 said:

One year already! Can't believe it. I do miss WiiWare World but Nintendo Life still was a great decision. Here's looking forward to another year!

Deviant_Mugen

#27

Deviant_Mugen said:

Happy Anniversary, NintendoLife... :)

@Ant: Can't wait to see what new features you have in store for us, and I definitely can't wait for NL's coverage from E3...

astarisborn94

#28

astarisborn94 said:

This is an fantastic site and remains one of my favorite Internet sites to date. Let's keep this awesomeness up.

Radbot42

#30

Radbot42 said:

It feels much longer than that since I have started coming here. I wouldn't mind doing some reader reviews either.

SmaMan

#33

SmaMan said:

Happy Birthday to the longest running April Fool's Joke!

Okay, we get it, you can split back into VC:R and WWW now...
...guys?
/jk

Giggsy

#35

Giggsy said:

Well done guys. As a former member of staff I can safely say you are some of the best people I have ever worked with. Great site, keep it up.

rhythmheavenfan

#37

rhythmheavenfan said:

Wow! Time really does fly by so FAST! It really doesn't seem like it has been a whole year since the merger of the websites.

cheapogamer4life

#38

cheapogamer4life said:

Mmmmmmmmmm cake.....
Oh, happy birthday as well Nintendo Life!!!!!
Heres to celebrating many more with you guys and gais. :)

Aenaida

#40

Aenaida said:

The VC Reviews site layout was a nice nostalgic touch. :)

Happy One-Year Anniversary, NL!

Mabbit

#41

Mabbit said:

isnt the real anniversary of NL on November 9th?

and hasnt it been 4 years?

MetalMario

#42

MetalMario said:

THIS HAS ONLY BEEN AROUND FOR A YEAR?!

Dang I thought it was here for MUCH longer than that.

But whatever. Happy Birthday, NL!

WolfRamHeart

#43

WolfRamHeart said:

Happy Anniversary Nintendo Life and congratulations on being the best darn site for everything Nintendo related on the internets!:)

Knux

#45

Knux said:

Happy 1st anniversary, NL! I was here before NL merged with VCR and WW, and it has grown! :)

Machu

#46

Machu said:

I used VCR and WWW for some time, it was the only place on the web that had reliable and well written reviews on each. The same can still be said for Nintendo Life, but now it's even better. You guys rock!

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Twilight_Crow

#47

Twilight_Crow said:

Happy Anniversary Nintendo Life!
You guys are the best, talking points, news, reviews just name it, you own it ;). And thanks for helping me invest my valuable "wii"points since fhe days of WWW and VC-R :).

@aNt New features are coming?! YAHOO! :D, thanks for working so hard on the site.

Slapshot

#50

Slapshot said:

Happy B and A Day ;)
Great job on the great site and looking forward to another great year!

vikingscool

#51

vikingscool said:

Wow, happy 1st Birthday to Nintendo Life! I love your website! This is best thing for me! Unlike Nintendo Power that don't have video files or not free, but Nintendo Life has better features, video, and it's free! :)
Way to go, Nintendo Life even I love your April Fool's Day! It's best AF's day.

y2josh

#52

y2josh said:

Great to be a part of the community. Thanks for the awesome work you guys/gals do.

Saddler

#54

Saddler said:

Congratulations guys, this really is a very valuable site. You are the sole source of info on many Wiiware titles in particular. If it wasn't for you, people would have no idea what a lot of the Wiiware titles are about. You've made a substantial impact on that service, and done a better job promoting it than Nintendo themselves.

sonic_brawler95

#55

sonic_brawler95 said:

Happy Birthday NintendoLife. :)
This is my favorite site because its filled with people who love video games (esspecially Nintendo) as much as I do! :D

MmBuddha

#58

MmBuddha said:

It was a happy day when I discovered this site. I've been checking it multiple times every day since. It's by far the best source of Nintendo news and reviews on the net, and just as importantly, the community is great too. Happy anniversary.

smetloos

#61

smetloos said:

congrats! by the way: what are those "a whole heap of features (some of which we've been promising for a long time) that should be ready soon"?

Rensch

#62

Rensch said:

Congrats!

I joined the site last summer to discover the old VC Reviews site which I had visited occasionally for a few times wasn't there anymore.

I really liked the site so I signed up.

JimLad

#66

JimLad said:

Happy Anniversary!
I found you just by looking for a Nintendo site on google, yours was one of the first I tried and I never looked back.
The coverage is just excellent, keep it up.

3230ru

#67

3230ru said:

CONGRATS!! ! You guys running the best Nintendo site so far. Content, design, update, sense of humour - everything is great here! Thank You and Happy Anniversary!

Kevin

#69

Kevin said:

Has it really been a year since VC-Reviews unfortunately got merged? Wow. Time really does fly.

ueI

#70

ueI said:

I'm glad last year's April fools joke turned out to be true. Unlike this year's joke...

JamieOStaff

#71

JamieO said:

Happy Anniversary Nintendo Life! I really love this site, although I am very much a newbie compared to many of you guys. I visited VC-Reviews and WiiWare-World for a long time, but I did not actually join them as a user. I only joined Nlife as a user in Aug. 2009. Compared to many of you, I am really quite quiet here. I have work and study reasons for that, but I can't wait to be more actively involved in a few Nlife shenanigans, when I have more time. I find the Nlife community to not only be knowledgeable, but they are super-friendly with it.

I love the extent of its merged coverage, from the old to the modern, the crusty carts to the shiny discs. There is so much to learn about gaming here. It is Nintendo-tastic! The extent of the Wii, WiiWare, DS and DSiWare cover is brilliant. Plus, because of the links to Virtual Console and retro, it also covers my fave old systems like SNES, Mega Drive, Neo Geo AES, N64 and PC Engine.

If anyone knows me, it will be clear that retro gaming is my main thing and I treat Nlife as being part of my education. There are honestly not that many places that you could find a dedicated retro review analysis of the likes of: Earthbound (SNES), Densetsu no Stafi 3 (GBA), DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure (SNES), Ironclad (Neo Geo), Jack Bros (VB), Ordyne (PCE) and Space Manbow (MSX). Talk about awesome! Nlife is a history lesson for me.

Cheers lots, to everyone at Nintendo Life. Roll on E3 '10! I am grateful, lucky and privileged to have taken my own (admittedly extremely small) part in this great site. Congratulations. :)

RaylaxStaff

#72

Raylax said:

Happy birthday, NintendoLife! Really can't accurately describe how awesome this place is, but I guess the previous 73 comments of nothing but praise probably got that message across :P

Here's to more years of excellent Nintendo journalism.

Sean_Aaron

#73

Sean_Aaron said:

It was thanks to people linking to WiiWare World and VC Reviews in the EG forums that I found this place and in the early days of Wii ownership was the definitive place to do reasearch on what classic games I could get for my PAL Wii.

I never would have dreamed I'd end up writing here, much less being a site admin - it's definitely been a lot of fun!

TKOWL

#74

TKOWL said:

Those changes ultimately made this site better. Happy 1 year of happiness!

WanderFan91

#75

WanderFan91 said:

Happy Belated Yearniversary, NintendoLife! :) :) :) :) :) :)
You're the best website of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)
I love participating in this site's forums. :) :) :) :)

SnaffyTheGator

#81

SnaffyTheGator said:

Happy Birthday! Splats a Chocolate cake into my face! I, Snaffy, wish you many years of sucess!
Notes: My dream is to make a sucessful cartoon, 'Gator Down Under.' Snaffy will often do crazy things!

super-nintendo

#83

super-nintendo said:

This is a really great site. I have enjoyed the news, reviews, and community. Keep up the great work and I hope you guys have many more!!! :)

Now go get some inside information on the Nintendo 3DS. (just kidding) :P

bestbuck

#84

bestbuck said:

Happy Anniversary, I love this site. The days of buying magazines are well over, keep up the good work

cheapogamer4life

#88

cheapogamer4life said:

Only 90 comments so far. I would have thought a Article like this one would have gotten far more. Hmmm.. wonder if it has anything to do with the DSiware prank :(........

Watchful_Eye

#89

Watchful_Eye said:

Even though I dont comment things too often, I like the warm and "familiar" feel of this site. Keep it up :)

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