In March I laid out expected changes and the future plans for Nintendo News, but today I’m here to give readers an update on the situation.
Eight months ago I made the decision to move back to Japan to pursue my career in the IT field. Those plans haven’t changed, and the time for me to pick up and move 7,000 miles away is rapidly approaching. I’ll be officially leaving behind the arduous 14-hour days of writing about Nintendo — as a hobby — at the turn of 2017. Instead, I will focus my time and effort on retirement. At nearly 40 years old, I’m not getting any younger; many people set their sights on retiring in their mid ’60s, but I plan to retire in my mid ’50s.
That said, it’s finally time for me to wind down from Nintendo News and funnel my energy on the important matters and tasks involved with moving across the world — I don’t have an option. Thankfully, Japan’s not a foreign world to me or my family; I have lived there on two previous occasions for a total of four years. When I head back this January, my new job could potentially keep me there for many more years, and I’m perfectly OK with that.
As for Nintendo News, published news stories, reviews, interviews, and other written content will naturally slow drastically. We announced that earlier this month on our social network channels. Our team of talented writers and contributors have done such a remarkable job, and I thank them for their tireless efforts, patience, and countless hours spent making Nintendo News a better place for readers to visit. Unfortunately, our team does not have another editor-in-chief on deck. That may change in the future, but I’m not currently seeking someone to fill that position.
Until further notice, anything published will be based on the very limited free time I have to write or edit. However, the Nintendo News website, along with its dedicated server, will continue to operate and live on. Once settled in Japan, I will provide everyone with another update about what’s going on with me. Until then, I want to thank everyone who follows us and appreciates our written news and content. Who knows, maybe I’ll start a blog about my Japanese shenanigans or something.