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Site News: How was 2013 for Nintendo Life?

Posted by Anthony Dickens

Killed it

Whilst 2013 might not go down in history as a vintage year for Nintendo, it draws to a close with Wii U sales seemingly on the increase and 3DS still holding its firm dominance of the handheld market. For us, here at Nintendo Life, 2013 has been a fantastic year - our best yet.

If I had to choose a single highlight of running a gaming site like Nintendo Life, it has to be seeing the progress and development year on year. Not all of our visitors are aware of our humble beginnings and that the site was born simply out of love for Nintendo games by three friends in England and now sits proudly as the most visited independent Nintendo site on the web. We’re not backed by a large publishing company and we don’t take direction from anyone but ourselves and our readers.

Websites generally measure their success on visits and pageviews, which basically converts to how many different people you can ‘reach’. In that respect we’ve had a great year, practically doubling our traffic compared to 2012. This year we’ve served up 70 million pageviews across the globe on a total of 27 million visits to the website - that’s an average of 2.22 pages per second for the entire year.

If you work that out into the amount of human time spent on Nintendo Life during 2013, that would be 223 years 323 days 09 hrs 42 minutes and 02 seconds - woah, that’s a long time.

Our team served up a total of 4,230 news stories & features with the top 3 most visited being Katy’s informative Guide: How to Spot Fake Paintings and Statues in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and team articles: Feature: Pokemon X & Y - All You Need to Know to Get Started and Feature: Our Top 10 3DS Games - Summer 2013.

Reviews weren’t in short supply either with our team publishing a whopping 434 reviews in 2013, the top 3 most visited were: Pokemon X & Y (3DS), Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) and Harvest Moon: A New Beginning.

Team members here in the UK also had some time away from the site in September at the Eurogamer Expo hosted at Earls Court in London, where we hosted our very own Nintendo Life Street Pass Zone; that was a lot of fun.

We’ll be back at EGX London (as it’s now called) in 2014, tickets are expected to go on sale during early April and we would love to meet you there!

In July Thomas and Anthony embarked on the Great Edinburgh Run (10k) dressed as Mario & Luigi and managed to raise just over £1,000 for UK games industry charity GamesAid.

Nintendo of Europe also gained two former Nintendo Life writers earlier this year, Mike Mason and Andy Green, who both discovered a secret warp pipe to Frankfurt, Germany. It was an honour for us to have them on our team and we wish them all the best in their new roles at Nintendo. We love you guys.

However Mike and Andy aren't the only heroes - we have had a total of 47 different contributors to Nintendo Life this year and we would like to thank them all for taking part, they are:

(Editorial): Damien “Virtual Console” McFerran, Thomas “Hero of Time” Whitehead, Darren "Shinobi" Calvert, Anthony "F-Zero X" Dickens.

(News & Features): Andy Green, Orla Madden, Tim Latshaw, Martin Watts, Lee Meyer, Liam Doolan, Mike Mason, Katy Ellis, Jon Wahlgren, Rory Cocker, Christopher Costabile, Conor McMahon, Lewis Childs, Gaz Plant, Kerry Brunskill, Thomas Jones, Dylan Newcome, Joshua Phillips, Olly Jones, Javier Santana Panero, Jeff Lowe, Kai Jackson, Ken Barnes.

(Reviewers): Philip J Reed, Ron DelVillano, Morgan Sleeper, Dave Letcavage, Corbie Dillard, Stephen Kelly, Marcel van Duyn, Robert Hughes, Patrick Elliot, Jamie O'Neill.

(Guest Posters): Andy Robertson, Anthony John Agnello, Alex B, Alice Le Tissier, Graham Ellaby, Greg Giddens, Jeremy Thain, Michael Westgarth, Rob Burgess, Tom Lenting.

Along with trying to provide you with the best quality Nintendo content we also work hard at making Nintendo Life a friendly place to hang out and meet friends; this is no easy task and we make a special thank you to Des for her tireless efforts this year keeping our forums friendly and safe. We also thank Raylax and DarkwingLz for joining Des in her quest for peace on planet Nintendo Life!

You guys kept the moderation team busy too, posting 245,617 comments, 411,359 forum posts and 6,866 forum topics; Oh hai there SheldonRandoms, CanisWolfred and GuSilverFlame!

There are a few other thank you’s for 2013; firstly all the awesome guys at Eurogamer (aka Gamer Network) - Rupert, Matt, Simon, Mark, David, Tom B, Ben and Tom P. Secondly the fantastic team at Nintendo UK - you know who you are and you’re all brilliant. Thirdly all the other great websites that remember to link to our articles.

Last - but not least - you, yes you. Without you, the readers, it would be kind of pointless running this website and time and time again you’ve made it worth our while. We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage this year - it’s been great for us - and we’re looking forward to an even more exciting 2014 ;)

You’re awesome.

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User Comments (136)

Windy

#1

Windy said:

It's my favorite site to visit looking for stories and Tidbits about my 3DS Habit. Thanks for a great year to the entire Staff at NintendoLife!

DestinyMan

#5

DestinyMan said:

Nintendolife is hands-down my favorite video game site. I can't say how many times I visit this site a day, so I've absolutely contributed to the insane number of views and posts it's accumulated. Kudos to all the moderators who constantly keep the article comment sections and forums nice and clean and to Phillip for having the seemingly mundane task of reviewing so many terrible games.

2014 will be an even bigger year!

Alphack3r

#6

Alphack3r said:

I still remember finding you guys through VCreviews :') NL has since been the ultimate source for all things Nintendo for me, and even though I'm not super active on here, I have you guys set as homepage on all my computers just to keep tabs on what's happening with the big N :) awesomesauce!

Azooooz

#7

Azooooz said:

WOW, I have been following Nintendo news since wiiwareworld website, and now here I am now in NintendoLife.

The only Nintendo news I look for and worthy to read is NintendoLife. You guys are awesome. I hope you continue what you do best.

ledreppe

#8

ledreppe said:

My first visit was earlier this year, and a day hasn't gone by without several visits a day! I'll certainly keep coming back next year.

Nibelilt

#9

Nibelilt said:

Happy new year guys. :) My favourite memory this (err... last) year was going on the chat stream at E3. It's great to see the site grow, I noticed it's been more active this year. Thanks to all the staff for all your hard work on NL- I think it's really admirable.

Baum897

#10

Baum897 said:

Well, no surpirse :D
You guys are the best news site for Nintendo-related stuff. I just joined some months ago, can't even remember how I got here, but I enjoyed reading the articles ever since.

Keep up with that amazing work, you all are doing

Gioku

#12

Gioku said:

I'm basically here all day every day, hahaha! This is my favorite site ever! :D

And look at that @GuSilverFlame! You got mentioned in an article! :)

JaxonH

#16

JaxonH said:

Thank you Nintendolife staff- you guys do an excellent job with this website and have created something truly special for us fans. It feels more like a closely knit extended family than a website, it really does. We all share the same enthusiastic passion for gaming and Nintendo is our common denominator.

Yoshis_VGM

#17

Yoshis_VGM said:

This place saves my Nintendo sanity. I know that I can come here and not have to deal with any absurd "Wii U has no gamez!" or "Wii U is dead!" or "Nintendo is doooomed!" statements. Thanks for all your hard work and here's to a great 2014!

sinalefa

#19

sinalefa said:

I spent around 4 years on IGN, then I joined this site looking for some variety. I left IGN and never looked back.

Thanks to all the staff and the readers for making this a special place to be. Have a Happy New Year everyone!

treeofmana

#20

treeofmana said:

Sometimes I forget that you're not officially connected with Nintendo. Yours is always the site I turn to for Nintendo news and reviews. Even if you aren't the first with breaking news (which sometimes happens due to time disparity between you and me on the west coast of the USA), I wait to read your take on things first. Thanks for the great work! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

JonnyKong

#23

JonnyKong said:

I've only been a member for two months, but I've been lurking for a year or so before that. I don't know why I decided to take so long to sign up, but I'm glad I did. The forums seem to be full of really lovely people, and it makes a refreshing change talking to people who are so like minded.

Keep it up guys, you're definitely going to be my number one site in 2014.

Geonjaha

#24

Geonjaha said:

I spend far too much time on this site. That's a compliment to you guys running it. ;)

Sparx

#25

Sparx said:

Found this site sometime after e3 and have enjoyed the articles and community (even though I don't post much). Guess I just like the fact that there isn't a nintendoomed atmosphere here unlike everywhere else. Keep up the good work!

XFsWorld

#26

XFsWorld said:

Haha, I'm surprised Rayman Legends Delay isn't one of the top viewed pages because it had a ton of comments!

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Falchion

#27

Falchion said:

I started visting wii u daily early this year, but once i realized that website is lame, I came here. A needed a new place for my nintendo fix once nintendo power was cancelled... And this place is amazing!

PuppyToucher

#28

PuppyToucher said:

Used to visit ign on the daily, but I felt that they were lacking in nintendo news and so did another using because in the comments someone suggested this website and I have been on it everyday since. Great job guys!

Gioku

#31

Gioku said:

@antdickens you're very welcome! You guys have created such an awesome site here - it's definitely my favorite place on the internet! :)

DRLAdmin

#32

DRL said:

Wow. You guys are totally awesome. Thanks for being the best readers we could ever ask for. :)

rjejr

#33

rjejr said:

Has it already been more than a year since James left? I still miss that guy, he was always quick w/ a joke and seemed to have a really good sense of humour.

As a father of 2 I'm glad to see Andy Family getting a lot of coverage this past year.

Thanks everybody, and here's looking forward to a happy 2014, I just know it will be even better.

KodyWB-98

#36

KodyWB-98 said:

This site isn't just one of the best Nintendo themed sites around- it's also one of the friendliest. I've only been a member of this site for almost 2 years now, but over the course of that time, I've had a memoriable experience.

DreamyViridi

#37

DreamyViridi said:

It's an honour to be part of such a great community. The site itself is one of the very few reliable Nintendo sites, but unlike the others; this site is clean and the mods are strict yet friendly. I'm on every day whenever I can, and I've been here since September 2012. Thank you for all of your efforts. ^^

I shall always live a Nintendo Life so long as this site forever stands tall!

Ailingforale

#38

Ailingforale said:

Congrats on all the traffic, and thanks for all the hard work. You're may #1 site right now for news and stuff, so I appreciate it!

MJKOP

#39

MJKOP said:

I only discovered Nintendo Life this year, I visit multiple times a day and I love it. Your hard work is much appreciated, well done and happy New Year to all

antipop621

#40

antipop621 said:

Thank you to everyone who works on the site. It has become my favorite source for Nintendo news.

Luna-Harmony

#42

Luna-Harmony said:

Great unto date everyday with news .. thank you Nintendolife for all the handwork you put in.

GuSilverFlame

#43

GuSilverFlame said:

NL is the best Nintendo site I've found so far. things here are great and well organised but whoa that's awesome! I can't believe I got mentioned in an article! :D :D :D that's a good way to end the year! this year was amazing for me(other than a few problems at college but that's over)
oh and thanks for telling me @Gioku I was out of NL since a little after our battle!

t1redmonkey

#45

t1redmonkey said:

I love the site and all the news you report, there's loads of Nintendo related stuff I'd never know about if it wasn't for NL :)

GearsOfWarU

#46

GearsOfWarU said:

Thank You for all the wonderfull Nintendo Wii U & 3DS News ... I used to follow IGN ... But I am now an Avid NintendoLifer !!!!! Happy New Year

AlexSora89

#47

AlexSora89 said:

No, wait, I've given my wishes for a happy new year in way too much of a hurry.

So, in the remaining thirty minutes of this new year's eve,
I'm going to write down my wishes right here;
this is for @ThomasBW84,
and with such a nice guy, who could ask for more?
This is for the one and only @Damo,
nicer than Zelda, tougher than Ganon;
one is for that @Pachterkid,
now that he's banned, he won't troll as he did;
@dudey300, she's got the power,
just as graceful as a Fire Flower;
one for @antdickens, who wanted to say hi,
if I knew the name tags, it's thanks to that guy.
I'd like to thank the stuff as a whole,
but my rhymes won't suffice for them all,
so aside from my thanks and a banned-user joke,
I propose a toast with a glass full of Coke:
for all of you guys here at NintendoLife,
who care about us as would a loving wife,
let's not think about what might have been,
and look forward together to 2014!

Tasuki

#48

Tasuki said:

Even though it has changed alot from when I first joined, it still is my favorite site and the community is still one of the best the internet has to offer.

Thank you all for your hard work.

Tasuki

#50

Tasuki said:

Oh and I forgot to add that along with James, and now Mike Mason and Andy Green getting jobs at Nintendo of Europe that just means that you guys must be doing something right. Congrats to the both of you and good luck at your new jobs.

SCAR392

#54

SCAR392 said:

I agree with the article :P

I've been on the site since 2009, except I had a different username.

Matthew94

#55

Matthew94 said:

You guys are good but a few things need improved. The soapbox articles are just doogeyoopsiepoodlepoopie at this point and so is any time you talk about tech.

Watch the language -LZ

thedanman64

#58

thedanman64 said:

When it comes to the world of Nintendo, this site is my only trustworthy source.
What I like about Nintendo Life is how positive it is. Not just from the staff, but from it's users as well. People just seem to get along so well and you really get the sense that everyone here loves Nintendo as much as you do.

I would also like to say thank you to all the staff members, for doing such an outstanding job with this site. Your commitment to bringing us all the latest news and reviews is extraordinary. You all work so hard for us, that I'm glad it hasn't gone unnoticed by the N Life community. Just reading some of the comments on this article really shows what Nintendo Life means to us all.

Once again, thank you to everyone at Nintendo Life. Have a happy new year and here's to another successful year for N Life!

WiiULoveGBA

#59

WiiULoveGBA said:

@antdickens Much respect and praise. I started visiting game sites since I was quite young starting in 1998 with RPGamer and Gamespot among others. But the last few years I've kept it parked at NL and by far it's been the best site I've come across. It was thriving at a time when my tastes in games had totally shifted and consequently I stopped frequenting game sites. Sad to see outstanding contributors like James go and also a more part-time Corbie, those guys really captured my attention. But @Damo has done awesome in place of James and keeps the retro bumpin. @ThomasBW84 keeps me glued to the features daily. @DRL and the other awesome reviewers and news posters that get it hyped for new releases with their great and timely content. Could go on.. but it's being said above me and I just wanted to echo the sentiment and chime in with a congrats to having a pretty singular website and for the huge success in 2013

Ichiban

#60

Ichiban said:

Whenever i need to take a dump, I always read Nintendo Life! Cheers for making even the most painful toilet adventure enjoyable!

Jeremyx7

#61

Jeremyx7 said:

OMGOSH! Did you all see that?! I'm mentioned in the credits!! The part where it says 'you, yes you the readers' OMGOSH! They're talking about me because I read there stuff!

Jeremyx7

#62

Jeremyx7 said:

Those are some seriously big numbers btw Nintendo Life! Good job this year on a.....well a good job done. :3

TruenoGT

#63

TruenoGT said:

One of the best sites on the 'net. You do an awesome job and I love visiting for the informative and friendly content!!

zipmonStaff

#66

zipmon said:

:) Thanks to everybody here for making Nintendo Life what it is - the staff for keeping things running smooth & always steering the ship towards exciting new adventures, my fellow writers for knocking it out of the park this year (and making me spend way too much on games after reading their awesome reviews), and to the readers & commenters for being the kindest, coolest group of gamers anywhere on the net - seriously. You guys are the best!!!

Happy Year of Luigi 2 everybody!!! Let's make it the best one yet! :D

kendorage

#67

kendorage said:

Used to lurk at ign, eurogamer, and wiifanboy recently. Heck, used to even visit nintendojo and nintendorks(remember them?) Before them. Now I only have nintendolife bookmarked. Friendly place and good site layout. Congrats on 2013 and here's for a great 2014.

(From a current wiiu/360 owner and future ps4/xbox1 owner)

Razzle

#71

Razzle said:

The sheer amount of reviews your team puts up is impressive, It's only part of what has made Nintendolife my favourite gaming site. Thanks to everyone and I hope your success continues!

Icefreak45

#72

Icefreak45 said:

Thank you for making this site, keeping me up to date with the Company that will always have my heart. You guys are great and truly deserve all the attention you've gotten this year. Heres to an even better year in 2014 :3

Ukulele_Wizard

#74

Ukulele_Wizard said:

This is hands down the best site to go to for reviews for anything Nintendo and the fact that you guys take the time to do all this is really fantastic. I can't praise you all enough, so all I'll say is this was a fantastic 2013 and I'm looking forward to 2014!

Maskeraid

#75

Maskeraid said:

Golly, there's a smilie in an article! Alert the Media!

Here's to NintendoLife in 2013, may it be around for many years to come.

element187

#76

element187 said:

Been a fun year for being a Nintendo fan for sure. Can't wait to read all the editorials and soap boxes from the NL crew in the new year.

Stu13

#77

Stu13 said:

I bookmarked this site as soon as I found it back during the summer and have visited it daily ever since. Hands down the best place for Nintendo news and game reviews. To the point that I will wait on downloading a game until NL's review is posted. Utterly professional, but with an air of humor that I absolutely love. The forums are also lively and thankfully free of the hateful cynicism that often runs through it's peers. This site and it's contributers deserve continued success and I will keep heaping on those page views to hopefully help with that.

Lunapplebloom

#78

Lunapplebloom said:

Thank you NL for being here all this year and for every year in the past as well. :) First time I came here was when the Wii had first come out. I usually waited to read Nintendo Power, or look things up on IGN when it came to Nintendo news. But once Wii VC and Wiiware came around, I wanted a place that I could get instant info on all the downloadable gaming goodies that where on the service. I then discovered Nintendo Life, and this slowly became my number one source, especially for reviews. I've lurked the halls for many years before I joined to join in on the conversation back in January of 2012, and have been enjoying the time here even more ever since.

I'd like to say thank you to all the editors, mods, and community for making this my go to place for Nintendo news, and info. I look forward to the many more years to come.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)

SheldonRandoms

#79

SheldonRandoms said:

I was on my break at work, so I decided to check out Nintendolife on my ipod, and too my surprise, my name was listed in the article (So in a way, @Gioku revved up a fryer that was already revved up). Believe it or not, I found out about this website because of Mario calculator. I wanted to know if it was a scientific calculator or not, so I decided to rev up that search engine, and read a review, and the first review I saw was on this website. I came back for more reviews, until one day, I was like "I check out this website alot, so you know what, i'm going to make an account", so I did that, and hear I am today. I guess what i'm trying to say in this breaking of the fourth wall comment, is thanks everybody (Well maybe not everybody :P) for............bacon dvd cases (I still gotta keep the randoms alive in my username, so thanks everyone for making this site swell).

(Also the fact that my name was listed first obviously means that I commented the most in the forums.........right?).

sonic_brawler95

#81

sonic_brawler95 said:

I may not post a whole lot, but I pretty much checked this site a few times everyday since I joined in 2009. Keep up the great work, everyone. Here's to a stellar 2013, and hopefully an better 2014!

Gioku

#82

Gioku said:

OK, well if people are posting their stories of joining this site... I'll join in!

I joined in February 2012, shortly after I got my 3DS; I wanted to find a good Nintendo Forum I could join. I wasn't exactly looking for one at the time, but I stumbled upon this thread... and I joined this site later that day. :P

Best site I've ever joined. :)

Uberchu

#83

Uberchu said:

Yeah I viewed 2.22 nintendo life pages ever second. GET ON MY LEVEL!

I'm only .22 of a person though, not sure where the other .88 went. D:

Giygas_95

#85

Giygas_95 said:

Happy New Year! I love this site!

I actually joined January 20th of 2013. I'd been a reader long before that ever since my brother introduced me to the site, but that was the day I finally joined. I've really enjoyed the reviews and talking points. Keep up the good work, guys!

Oh, and I'd like to thank @Philip_J_Reed for some of the most hilarious reviews and articles! I seriously laughed out loud on occasion!

Also...

YOU CANNOT GRASP THE TRUE FORM OF NINTENDO LIFE!!! ;)

NavySpheal

#86

NavySpheal said:

I started on this site earlier this year, and I still can't even remember how. It was a fateful encounter on whatever day in 2013 I first visited. Not a day has passed when I haven't woken up, and looked at Nintendo Life for the day's news, even before reaching full consciousness. You group here have my full support.

Artwark

#87

Artwark said:

Ok first happy new year to all and to Nintendo as well as Nintendo Life.

Second, WHEN DID THIS SITE STARTED? HOW IS IT MORE THAN 200 YEARS that NintendoLife has been????? Nintendo has been around for 125 years!!!!!!!

DamoAdmin

#88

Damo said:

@AlexSora89 Thanks for that! :)

Seriously, without you guys, this wouldn't be possible. Thanks and let's have an even better 2014!

MrZanctom

#89

MrZanctom said:

Happy new year Nintendo Life staff and readers! You guys are all awesome and this year on Nintendo Life was amazing! I know that 2014 will be even better than this year for Nintendo Life and for Nintendo as well!

Hunter-D

#90

Hunter-D said:

You're an absolutely amazing group of people taking time out of your hectic lives to give fans the world over a website full of quality Nintendo coverage.

Here's to a an even better 2014!

Zodiak13

#91

Zodiak13 said:

I only check 2 sites daily, NL, and a Notre Dame Football site called One Foot down. The reason for both, I love Nintendo and Notre Dame Football, and they both have a great group of people writing articles as well as great commentors. I love the comment section, even if I don't post as much as some folks, I read almost all articles comment section, even if the story presented is "meh" to me.

Also, the moderators do a great job here, even if I have been on the wrong end of a deleted post. The rules have been followed very consistantly, which is how it should be. Hope 2014 is a great year for everyone, even people who like Sony and Dudebro games :P. Long Live Nintendo Life!!!!

Mallard

#93

Mallard said:

Great site for nintendo news, but most censored site on web outside of China.

antdickensAdmin

#94

antdickens said:

@Mallard we enforce our rules, unlike lots of sites, which isn't about censorship more around common decency and respect for other users.

Triforce83

#95

Triforce83 said:

My favourite site for all my Nintendo goodness which i check several times a day to see if anything new has been posted. 2013 was one hell of a year so with all the great games due out this year lets hope 2014 is even bigger and better, especially for the amazing Wii U (more sales and bigger games) :)

mch

#96

mch said:

Happy new year!! And thank you for the old one!
Stay objective and you´ll stay great!
My new year´s resolution: to use less exclamation marks!!!

Spanjard

#97

Spanjard said:

Happy new year! Fantastic site. You guys made me buy way more games than I should have. My favourite reviewer: Guy with a beard in a rain coat(yellow?), not sure what his name is lol.

Oh and honor to MadAussieBloke for giving me most laughs. May he never be banned!

MrGawain

#99

MrGawain said:

Well done. In no way should you think that it lessens the achievement that a 3rd of your 27 million visitors were me.

MAB

#100

MAB said:

I would like to thank the Wii U Gamepad for bestowing the ability to pause my games, check-out NL, place a GIF from my bookmark page then go back to playing my games as quick as a flash ;)

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Eddsnake

#101

Eddsnake said:

Started coming here 3 or 4 years ago for the excellent virtual console coverage, but am visiting the site more and more now that IGN's Nintendo team is so threadbare. Keep up the great work guys.

clavier141

#102

clavier141 said:

NL is always the first website I go to for reviews when I'm considering a 3DS game. They always tell me everything I need to know. Great job NL, and I hope you continue to grow in 2014.

TreesenHauser

#104

TreesenHauser said:

Nintendo Life is basically the only website I come to for my Nintendo related news and such. If it wasn't for you guys I wouldn't have a way of knowing what's coming to the eShop until the shop updated. The reviews, editorials, features and articles are great too!

Keep up the good work. Thanks for having such an awesome website for us all to come to!

JJtheTexan

#105

JJtheTexan said:

I was a regular reader of VC-Reviews before the merger, and stayed along afterward. I'm glad I did!!!

MoonKnight7

#106

MoonKnight7 said:

I just discovered this site this year and I've been coming here very often ever since. I've seen many nintendo sites (mynintendonews.com is one of them) but it is the equivalent of a middle school gym class. The comments are just filthy and rude. I fully respect Nintendolife's opinions and appreciate the fact that it has become a great digital place to hang out. Here's to 2014, and thanks for the great articles.

AhabSpampurse

#107

AhabSpampurse said:

I'll be honest, in 2012 I predominantly visted IGN, CVG and Kotaku for my Nintendo news... since discovering this little gem of a site I visit on average at least two to three times a day. Great work guys, I couldn't name a better Nintendo site even if I tried.

Prof_Clayton

#108

Prof_Clayton said:

I'd like to thank @PhillipJReed For writing that hilarious Christmas Wonderland 3 review... I can still show that to friends and they laugh at your jokes! :D
And @ThomasBW84 has also done a wonderful job of writing the daily articles, and the information is always spot on and is updated as soon as new info comes out.
@Damo I'll be honest, at first I was a little skeptical of you stepping into your new role, but over this year you've really convinced me you know what you're doing and are a worthy sucessor! :D
@theblackdragon Thanks for all the good times and helping out with all the noobs (some of them are very annoying) and you definitely help make this site very user friendly~
And finally, @antdickens, thank you for all of the updates this year, putting up with my emails about new info you usually already had, and making this site in general.
I tip my top hat to all of you, and hope this next year is exponentialy wonderful!

BinaryFragger

#109

BinaryFragger said:

This is without a doubt the best Nintendo site. I especially love how the writers are unbiased and aren't afraid to call Nintendo out on their mistakes. Company-specific websites/magazines are often run by rabid fanboys (I'm looking at you, Nintendo Gamer magazine) but Nintendo Life is not afraid to post article such as "New Year Resolutions for Nintendo."
I really enjoyed the year end developer interview series too. Great site, I hope it's around for many years to come.

B3ND3R

#110

B3ND3R said:

I came to this site after my beloved Nintendo Power magazines sadly stopped being made. Needless to say, I am extremely grateful for all of you at Nintendo Life for bringing me the quality news I got once a month, except now every day :)

ted-k

#112

ted-k said:

@antdickens @Mallard And I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates that this site enforces its rules. It seems to keep away the vulgar obnoxious trolls. Keep up the good work! Best Nintendo site with the best community.

ChronoPower

#113

ChronoPower said:

I just joined a few days ago, and it seems to be a very well run site. Keep up the good work!

Pj1

#114

Pj1 said:

I found this site by accident in 2006 I was looking for a site that a magazine called N-Gamer were going on about, since then I've been hooked. I remember hooking up a lap top up to dial up internet and seeing that Mario Kart 64 had been released for the Wii VC service and when I got home I downloaded, I'm on the site daily and have been visiting daily since that day I found the site. Any way keep up the good / hard work people of Nintendo Life, I hope everyone who enjoys, writes on this site I'd like to wish them a Happy New Year!

VictahVonDoom

#115

VictahVonDoom said:

I just came here to read how full of poopiedoodlecacapoopsiedooples people can be..It's like AA but opposite... let us not admit that the Wii U haves a sales problem.

Happy New Year! Nintendo just remember it's going to get a lot worse before its gets any better.
Watch the profanity please — TBD

TheRealThanos

#116

TheRealThanos said:

Well done, NLife crew!
Well done to put up with all the BS from various users/visitors besides the usual pressure of maintaining a website and keeping it interesting and fresh. (and succeeding generously, by the way)
I joined this site more than a year ago, and haven't regretted it for a single day.
One small niggle, though: could you not device a sort of warning system that doesn't automatically change words in comments but gives the user the chance to correct/alter his own comment first?
All of us (probably) know full well that there are some things you just can't say, but we're also all human and sometimes things get overlooked or forgotten in the heat of the moment and I think that should be more of a consideration when applying rules or measures. I personally find it VERY intrusive to see something decidedly unmanly like poopsiepoodeldiedoo or ridicule my (or any one else's) comment, because that is really how it comes across, even if it is probably not meant as such. Most other sites I joined use either the yellow card or three strikes system and that seems to work just fine. And being an American, I don't see the harm in using sh** in a sentence. I don't know if there's a specific difference in perception about that between American and British/other European people, but to many of us it's not a swearing word per se, as it can also be used in a positive manner, e.g. 'that is some good sh**!' or 'that is the sh**!' when talking about games.
I can understand censoring any other word that is racist or vulgar, but on the other hand I'm quite surprised to find that you don't censor the word 'hell' which in some countries weighs far more heavily as a swear than the aforementioned sh** or even the F word.
Other than that I can only congratulate you on a great run, and here's to another great year for you guys (and girls) and a MUCH better year for Nintendo!

theblackdragonAdmin

#117

theblackdragon said:

@TheRealThanos: actually, we don't have an automatic system that edits things, it's just your friendly local moderation team. When someone posts a profanity here, we're sent a report telling us to check put the problem and any edits are made manually. If you don't like seeing your profanities edited into abject silliness, we humbly suggest you obey the Rules and stop using them here. Problem solved! :3

And if you're talking more about other users instead of yourself, the silliness is kinda the point — they're free to re-edit it into a different, not-profane word if they choose, and hopefully they'll remember the lesson next time. The silliness stands out. I don't personally like trying to re-word someone's comment to make it make sense afterward, because what happens when we guess wrong? It's an even worse situation to be accused of deliberately altering comments to express an opinion not the author's, that's why either i delete text or modify it into abject silliness so that the author's original intent is still clear, but never do i go out of my way to re-word things for the OP.

TheRealThanos

#118

TheRealThanos said:

@theblackdragon I get your point, but I hope you also get mine.
Of course you should obey the rules, that goes without saying, but it is very human to make minor mistakes and that happens to the best of us.
If I take myself for an example: I'm not constantly checking to see who reacted to my comments and in that time there can potentially be a lot of people seeing your poopsiedoodlewhatever-altered comment or, if you removed it completely, not even know what it was about anymore and miss the context of the comment in the first place. Heck, I myself may not even know what I posted there in the first place anymore if it's gone, hence the suggestion of a personal warning system, which would potentially also have a big advantage seeing as most people will check their mail way more often than the comments they made on a website, so they would probably also (be able to) get the warning you would give them much sooner and edit their comment accordingly. I think it's way too black and white to just say 'do this, but don't do that' especially in a user-based community. Nobody's perfect and we all slip sometimes, regardless of our good intentions and the community rules. If we wouldn't, we would be machines, not human.
Oh, and other than the occasional sh** here and there, I don't use profanities... ;) /end tiny rant.

Obito_Tennyson

#120

Obito_Tennyson said:

I've only been here since July, but I have been active nearly EVERY SINGLE DAY! If I have missed a day for some reason, then I catch up because I have never seen another website that covers this much information about Nintendo. I have gained SO MUCH knowledge thanks to all of you, and now I know all about the company that I thought I knew for my whole life. Thank you all and good luck in 2014!!

theblackdragonAdmin

#121

theblackdragon said:

@TheRealThanos: We do generally try to leave love-notes when edits are made, a little 'please watch the profanity — (moderator who made the edit)' at the end of such comments helps people to put two and two together. That way, anyone reading it before you get the chance to fix it yourself knows you used a profanity and that it has been edited out by one of us, thus the silliness. :3

I do get what you're trying to say, and I know that while talking to Ant a while back one of us had thrown out an idea about a system that would have an alert for the user in question flash onto the screen if they had used a profanity in a posted comment, but the problem is that automatic systems aren't perfect and a lot of false positives are triggered — we don't want to scare people off from posting about having watched Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve last night, for example :3 E-mails are also not a reliable option — you have no idea how many warnings I've sent out in the past for exactly this sort of thing that went absolutely unheeded. That's why we do any required edits manually, and why the system is the way it is right now. We do appreciate the feedback, though! Maybe in the future we'll be able to do it another way, I know I'm all about stuff that makes less work for me in the long run :3

TheRealThanos

#122

TheRealThanos said:

@theblackdragon Yeah, I've seen the 'watch the profanity' edits. The thing is, that you don't know if somebody was just swearing or if, in between all that, there was actually a related/valid point that he or she tried to make, because you removed all of the text. So personally, I just get more curious. Now if I was quick and responded to that BEFORE any of you editing, then another member, who reads our combined posts AFTER you would have edited it, will probably not understand where my reaction came from unless I sort of repeated what the initial poster said (of course I would do that in less offensive words ;)) and THAT was one of the things that made me suggest the yellow card/three strike method.
But I can definitely understand the goal to provide yourself with as less extra work as possible, seeing as maintaining a site is work enough in itself, so I'm with you there.
I think that all in all we've come to a point of mutual understanding and that is enough for me. I'm not about 'forcing ones' opinion on someone', I'm more of a peace keeper type, hence the defense of myself and people that may inadvertently get carried away in their comments. But it's nice to end on a positive note. And please do take to heart all the good fortune that I wish you guys for the coming year (and well beyond) because this is one of my favorite sites, so I would like to be able to keep visiting. Happy New Year. Cheers!

divinelite

#123

divinelite said:

I like reading Nintendo life, even when I not play much Nintendo game. But nevertheless I find it is disturb me have to read you readers mock up xboxone/ps4 or even vita... I mean, I like reading good things for Nintendo, in the same time I don't like the sentiment to say bad things about the other consoles

BrightBeing

#124

BrightBeing said:

I'm only a recent convert from a website with an evil red directional pad that shall not be named. You guys showed up their Nintendo reporting too bad for me to stick with them. Good work in 2013!

technotreegrass

#125

technotreegrass said:

I came here for the reviews of the obscure eShop games that most websites won't touch, and now I visit the site at least once daily to read all the new articles. Keep up the awesomeness!

Revere

#126

Revere said:

This is easily the best Nintendo site on the web. Well done guys. And probably the best community of gamers to post comments I've come across.

datamonkey

#127

datamonkey said:

Congrats to the NL team, you and PushSquare are my first ports of call for Nintendo/Sony news!

[Honourable mentions also go to GoNintendo & VG247 :)]

MegaWattsAdmin

#128

MegaWatts said:

I've loved being able to play a very small role in the site's success. Well done to everyone involved and my personal thanks to all you readers!

KevTastic84

#129

KevTastic84 said:

Love to hear about the humble begginings and how it can grow to what it is today. Congrats guys, been a Nintendo Lover for 23 years now. This is the first site i've made a real effort with in an online community way. Here's to a great 2014

SuperconsoleAdmin

#130

Superconsole said:

Wow! Congratulations team :D I had no idea that Animal Crossing guide was doing so well, thank you to all of our readers and have a happy new year!

Emaan

#133

Emaan said:

I haven't been around NL as much lately, but I really enjoyed this year with everyone. Especially the Nintendo Direct days of course :3

mamp

#135

mamp said:

Features, talking points, and the fact that this site doesn't get crazy with rude internet people are the main reason why I love this site. keep up the good work guys you're doing an amazing job.

64supermario

#136

64supermario said:

@mamp I love that too, I feel as though this site has a much better community than other Nintendo sites or other gaming sites in general. Its actually what keeps me coming here, to see how the Big N community feels about certain subjects.

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