A Change in Plans and Our Future

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Nintendo News Update: A Change in Plans and Our Future

Today is an interesting day to share news with our readers, but it’s quite likely not the typical type of news you’d expect to read from us.

The last news post we published was on March 3, where we shared information about the latest Splatoon update. Since then, I have been thinking about my future and, in turn, how it will impact the future of Nintendo News. As a result, there will be some changes that take effect immediately, and I feel it’s only fair to lay them all out in front of you.

What happened?

Simply put, I’ve decided to move back to Japan this fall — this time to Yamaguchi. There, I will continue my career in the IT field and pursue my degree in East Asian studies. The majority of my time will now be focused on preparing for my full-time job, learning more about the Japanese language and culture and, most importantly, enjoying life with my wife who has fully supported my passion for writing about Nintendo. My limited free time will be spent traveling around Asia, playing video games, and writing for Nintendo News.

How does this affect me?

Most notable, the frequency and volume of news published on Nintendo News will naturally be greatly reduced. It would be truly amazing to have someone with an understanding of fundamental news journalism take over for the site by writing news. If anyone is interested, please contact me. In the meantime, or until I can devote more time to writing, our video guru Davin Hester plans to make “Nintendo News Weekly” videos highlighting newsworthy topics that surface each week; Davin and I recently discussed this and he plans to post the first video for that series starting this week.

Occasional reviews, interviews, and features will also be slowed down as I won’t be able to spend as much time editing and writing. On that note, Kerry-Lee Copsey’s review for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be published no later than tomorrow. We also have an indie interview, conducted in person by Adam Miller, going up some time this week.

Is that it?

I think so. At this time, I can’t think of anything else I’d like to add. I feel I have covered all relevant points for our readership. I want to make it perfectly clear that this isn’t a “goodbye, Nintendo News” announcement. We’re not going anywhere, we’re just going through a change. And trust me, it’s very difficult to pry myself away from the website like this. However, this life change is an exciting time in my life, and I have embraced it with open arms. I hope you can understand. Plus, I look forward to sharing more Nintendo-related Japanese experiences with everyone. Of course, I also look forward to eventually focusing more time on writing for Nintendo News.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of our readers — new and existing — for supporting us. Without readers, we wouldn’t be doing this. And if it weren’t for our wonderful writers and contributors, our readers wouldn’t have anything to read here — it sort of works like an ecosystem!

Best regards,
Kevin McMinn
Editor-in-chief

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Kevin's a snobby (but classy) tea extraordinaire, seasoned sushi connoisseur, and cold weather lover. He also likes Pokémon, exploring Japan, and has perfected the art of making the perfect matcha.

21 COMMENTS

  1. I love reading your articles and I thank you for letting us know what your plans are.
    All the best in your goals and your future! God Bless.

  2. I sent in my request! I really love Nintendo News! I have been reading since October and I am sad that you are leaving, but I hope you have fun in Japan!

  3. Wow man, I’ve really loved reading all of your articles, it’s going to take some getting used to, to not see as many of your articles as usual (if I’m going to be honest, this makes me a little sad). Anyways, best of luck in Japan, man!

    • Hi Carter,

      Thanks so much for the kind words and support. We’ll continue to do the best job that we can during this time of change.

      • Okie dokie.

        Kind of like to note that for the benefit of other readers, particularly younger ones (teens) though. One can’t just “move to Japan” unfortunately, you do have to be invited, essentially, in some manner.

  4. I know how hard it is to step away from a website that has been given so much love and effort.

    Good luck in achieving your next goals!

  5. Crap, I’m totally not qualified for that, but I hope someone who is sees this, because I love getting the little updates in my inbox a couple times a week, and would be sad to see them go. (Or at least be less frequent.)

    But best of luck in all your doings!

      • Sorry, my comment came off as far more negative than I had intended, seriously, do what you want and have fun doing it. Good Luck!

        • No worries! I actually never felt it had a negative tone, but thank you for your concern and consideration, Noah!

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