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GoNintendo will be back in action sometime this year

I've never been one to bury the lead or tease things out, and I'm continuing that tradition today. Just like the title says, GoNintendo is going to make a return to daily updates sometime in 2021.

When in 2021 will we be back to usual? That's a question I can't answer yet, as there's a ton of stuff I have to do before we're ready to go. This isn't going to be a straightforward return to the old ways. My goal is to give GoNintendo the "Version 2.0" update that it has desperately needed for years now. Don't worry, as everything you love about old GN will very much be a part of the revamp. That said, if things go as I'm planning, there will be major changes to delivered content and the people putting it together.

One of my main goals for the revamp is a greatly expanded team. I'm going to be 40 in just over a year, and I can't keep cranking out content like I did for the last 18+ years. I need to give myself a regular schedule where I can walk away from the computer at a certain time of the day, while at the same time knowing someone more than capable is stepping in to take the next shift. I'm going to be casting a very wide net to see who wants to try things out going forward, and I'm hoping that includes some of the familiar faces that have worked on the site before. I haven't even reached out to those people yet, but if all goes well, we'll have a great mix of names your recognize alongside fresh-face newcomers.

Along with that comes a greater focus on Features. That won't be at the expense of news, mind you. Anyone on staff will be able to put together opinion pieces, reviews, previews, interviews, and more. That includes myself, as this new approach to work will give me more free time to create expanded content. The hope is that our team will have a reliable schedule of all this content going forward, and it will be showcased in a way that will be easy to find, while also being spotlighted. If people are going to work their butts off on these features, I want to make sure they get time to shine.

Obviously, the site itself will have to be reworked as well. I've always been hesitant to do a complete overhaul, but if there were ever a time to do that, it's certainly now. Again, I haven't reached out to the people behind-the-scenes to make this happen, but I'll certainly be turning to them first. If they're on-board with all the work ahead and minutiae, then we'll make it happen. Perhaps we'll even bring in some others to help out with that side of the site work. One way or another, we'll make sure that retooling happens. GoNintendo has long since needed a fresh coat of paint, and the only excuse for it not happening was me dragging my feet and getting caught up in the day-to-day news postings.

Lots and lots to do, and an end-goal of launching things before 2021 closes out. I wish I could give you a better answer as to when, but I really don't know. Truth be told, I've spent every day since my last post thinking about what my future looks like. There was a long time there where I thought I was officially done with GN, and I only just came to an final decision a couple days ago. I've been mulling over a ton of stuff, thinking about what life looks like from here on out, all while going to therapy and trying to find my new normal. While doing all that, there was one thing that kept bouncing around my brain. I couldn't stop thinking about you guys.

I can't express how much I've missed all of you. This community has meant so much to me over the years, and you've helped me reach heights and achieve things I never thought possible. So many amazing moments in my life are directly tied to your support. Memories I'll never, ever forget, people I've become close with, connections to my idols, and so much more. The last 5+ months ripped me from all of you, and the site in general. Having that connection severed impacted my life so much, and in ways I never would have considered. I honestly lost part of who I am, and I'm still feeling that now. Working on GN and creating content for you guys bled into so many other areas of my life. You're the connective tissue that holds everything together for me. Again, that connection was torn apart with an unforeseen event, but after a lot of soul searching and uncomfortable convos, I feel like it's time for me to repair that connection.

What's the site going to look like while I work towards the relaunch? My itch to write has been almost unbearable, so I might drop in from time to time with some features. Please don't expect any schedule for that content. It'll be when I have something to write about, and when the motivation hits me. My complete focus is on getting GN ready for its relaunch, so all the other stuff is superfluous right now. That said, you can expect posts on site progress, ideas for the relaunch, general status updates, requests for new staffers, and more. Long story short, the site's not going to be what it used to be during this rebuilding process, but it won't be completely dead either.

With all that said, the long road to getting GoNintendo in tip-top shape begins. There's sure to be bumps, struggles, and issues along the way, but I promise you it's happening. I'll give everything I have to make that a reality.

Thank you for your support through this entire mess, as it's the reason why I've arrived at this path forward. Your emails, texts, social media posts, and so much more...they all matter more than you could ever know. I understand there's frustration in not knowing what I've gone through, but you've also shown great respect and restraint in letting me heal. I don't know that I'll ever feel like I used to, but I definitely have a great passion inside to revive GoNintendo. It's taken a long time to figure out what I need to do, and now that I've arrived at that realization, I'm incredibly driven to tackle the work ahead.

2021 has been the worst year of my life, and has forever changed me as a person. It challenged me in ways I could have never predicted. I don't want that to be my story for this year. I want to make sure 2021 will end on a personal high point. To those who are still here and reading this, thank you for giving me the strength to push on. Here's to GN 2.0, gang!

P.S. ...and yes, the podcast is coming back!

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Great news RMC! Wonderful to hear you’re healing and planning to relaunch the site and podcast.

Such great news RMC, glad you're keeping well and that things are all going in a positive direction.

How exciting though, really looking forward to 2.0 and the big return.

Best wishes to you and all the gang💙

LET'S FRICKIN' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Oh man. I was totally willing to respect your wishes to leave the site to time but this is the best possible timeline. Take all the time you need preparing and making sure YOU'RE ready for this too. If there's anything we, the readers can do, please let us know too.

Reading this post gave me the warm fuzzies and chills altogether. In an everchanging world that seems to crumble a bit more every day, it's nice to know that someday in the future, GoNintendo will at least come back.

I'm glad you felt like you had the choice and weren't pressured into it and I hope this means you found a passion for writing and games like you had before. Much love.

Wow!! I don’t check in for one day and this news comes out! So happy to have you back Kevin and will be excited to see the new revamped GoNintendo! I am glad you have been able to heal enough to come to the realisation that you still get to live your life and one event does not define you. It will make for a different Kevin for the better!

I'm not one for many words so let me just say this: I wish you the best of luck and I'm really, REALLY looking forward to the future of Go Nintendo!

Glad to hear you are doing well. I can't wait to jump back into the world of GoNintendo.

"Let's Go Nintendo, let's Go, let's Go let's go!"

Perfect! I kept checking every single day! Your decision and thoughts are more or less the same thing I did & had for my stuff last year. The only difference being, there aren't any others available to take things up over here related to my subject, so I still keep doing everything by myself, but not at the point it affects my life in any way anymore as it used to in the past, dramatically. So do what you need to do, take your time, even if 2022 comes along, don't rush. The important thing is for you to be ready at the right time, and not feel the need to please anyone else or feel forced by any kind of situation.

Good news ! Welcome back ! I can't wait ^^

RMC standing there all hopeless, forlorn, alone.

Us: "On your left."

Glad to hear this. As promised I followed your twitter page and came back immediately Smile

My heart made a leap when I read the title.

Quite a rare circumstance, but I really felt it move about 2mm upwards, when I made my daily GoNintendo check-in yesterday, before falling asleep.

I a so so happy and I promise to behave well and be a good guest on GoNintendo in the future. The first question that formed in my mind was answerd last in RMCs post and my heart leaped again. Cant wait to see MomBrain and the Gang again.
Good times ahead !!

Yessssssss!!! I am stoked, great news! I can’t wait. I hope you are feeling a little bit better RMC. Remember, the best medicine is flarping in the dark.

Welcome back old friend. =D

Even though I thought this site would be dead forever, it's second nature to check this site everyday for updates. Great to hear it will be back.

RMC, thank you for the update; however most importantly you are doing better and seeing how you will need to have some more balance and breaks going forward.

Take care - ready to have a celebration party when the next phase starts.

Wow, so good to hear that RMC! Can't wait for the return, but take your time! We'll be waiting for you! Great to hear!

joeshabadoo
Sat Jul 24 21 01:48pm
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Beautiful news from a beautiful person. We never left, and we’ll be here to help cut the ribbon whee we n the time comes. The full anime arc is nearly complete and the power of friendship and love will topple any obstacle. This is not making light of anything you’ve been through and associated trauma, just me being overjoyed and substituting some humor to save me from a paragraphs long emotional ramble.

Three cheers!

LFG my dudes! I am very happy to hear this and can't wait for the next webisode of the GN podcaaaaaasstt

Great news. I’ve been coming back here time to time forgetting about the hiatus. Hope all is well with everyone.

That's great to hear, RMC! Can't wait for your beard to be typing again ;)

Amazing news RMC! Glad to hear you are coming back on your own terms at your own time table. Can't wait to continue supporting the great work that you do.

humanfart
Sat Jul 24 21 03:45pm
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This makes my heart so happy. We all miss GoNintendo and the magic you bring, RawMeat. Keep your chin up. There are a bunch of us rooting for you. We love you!

Take your time and continue to take care of yourself. The community is glad to have you back. Let us know if we can help you with anything!

Great to hear you're doing better!

Glad you're not giving up, RMC. Gotta keep moving forward.

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