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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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the_kernal
Sat Jul 24 21 05:29pm
Rating: 2

This makes me unbelievably happy. Not just because a website I love and a podcast that has become a major part of my life for years is returning but because you're finding your passion again. A sign of healing. I'm so so happy and hope your recovery keeps going strong, you wonderful man!

wiired
Sat Jul 24 21 05:55pm
Rating: 1

Return of the Mack!!! This, sir, has made my weekend! Time to have a brewski in honor of the WONDERFUL NEWS! :-) :-)

Great to hear you are coming back! We will all be here waiting when you are ready. Smile

Great can't wait to see you return! Please take care of your self.

This is wonderful news! There's been a great void in my life without this site and the podcast so I'm beyond thrilled to read this post. I can't wait to see it take on it's new shape. Welcome back RMC!

Glad to read this update and hear that you're doing better and making progress. The site is secondary, but I'm happy that that will continue as well.

Take care, RMC. God bless.

8_bit_boy
Sat Jul 24 21 09:00pm
Rating: 1

Beyond happy to hear this!! My muscle memory means I keep finding myself coming back here from time to time only to be reminded the site went dark. I've kept hoping for it's return because these past months have taught me that there really isn't any Nintendo news site quite like this one. I found myself very out of loop without GoNintendo. It's amazing how much of my Nintendo fandom exists because of this place. I don't know if I even knew when I made my last post but I just want to make it clear - this site is very important to me and I'm so glad to hear things are turning around for you RMC! Whenever it happens, I'll be there for the podcast's return for sure!! I can't wait!

Awesome! Excited for that day to come. The new revamp sounds great. I'm even tempted to ask about the staffing, but it's not nearly that time yet. Have a great day!

This honestly brought tears to my eyes. Kevin, I am so glad you are able to bring the site back. I truly love the work you've put in to this site!

Glad to hear! I think it's safe to say we're all rooting for you. Here's hoping 2021 ends on a high note! Been a long time reader/watcher/listener, but don't interact much, just wanted to hop on and wish you all the very best! It's okay to get knocked down in life, just always try your best to get back up. Thank you for all you do RMC!

Omg! I’m so excited!!
I am just giddy with delight
It’s Christmas in July
Yesterday I was thinking how much I missed your podcast and really wanted it back. I hadn’t checked the site in a few days but waking today I thought I should. Wow what great news!
I’m so glad you are returning and can’t wait to see how 2.0 comes to reality
It’s gonna be so awesome

Welcome back, we missed you too. I always kept a tab open hoping for your return.

This made my heart drop and my eyes well. I'm not a very active member but I've visited your site every day since the the first trailer from twilight princess was released. And I have done the same even when the posts stopped coming.

Welcome back RMC. We missed you

The Return of the King of Nintendo News!

YES! This is the best news ever. Take your time. I'm glad you're doing a bit better, we're all here rooting you on still! I'm excited for the future of GoNintendo! Please take your time. We never left. <3

Welcome back, RMC. I missed you too.

Hell yeah!! Welcome back brother! This has been my source of Nintendo News since 2006! So stoked that you are coming back and LOVE the podcast! I'm eager to see some new blood here and some great content!

From a purely selfish standpoint, I am so glad to hear this.
No other site can substitute for gonintendo, as this hiatus has made all too clear.(and the reason I still out of habit check here daily.)

That said, please don't rush into anything until you are sure you are ready. Even if your workload will be reduced under 2.0, it's never a bad idea to be overly cautious until you're positive.

I'm sure myself and all other fans of this site would be more than happy to wait beyond 2021 for a successful return, rather than see you push yourself too much too early.

That said, best of luck getting everything moving again. I'm sure it will be a lot of work. Whether the 2.0 launch ends up being sometime in 2021 or later, I'll still be here looking forward to your and the gonintendo team's content.

Clicking on my GoNintendo bookmark is muscle memory at this point, so I'm extremely happy to hear the site will be back at some point.

Overall though, its not just the site, I've definitely missed you RMC.You've brought me such great and uplifting content over the years and ill be happy to see you back in whatever capacity you're able.

That's really great to hear RMC! Glad to hear you are up to working on the site again. Hope you are doing well, and can't wait to hear from you again.

Can't wait to see you back in action!

I was filled with such joy when I read this. I am looking forward to seeing the site come alive again because it is a great resource. But I was most happy for RMC as it meant he is slowly finding a (new) sense of normalcy after his traumatic experience. It will be good to have RMC back.

Yay, just heard the news! I am so happy!!

That was the best P.S. ever!!

Excuse my language here but I'm so fucking happy to see you back, dude. We've all missed the hell out of you. I'm glad it seems like therapy and time has been helping you make progress. Take care and know that we're all here to support you.

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