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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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enthropy
Mon Jul 26 21 05:04pm
Rating: 1

I knew you'd be back, bearded one! =) You just cant let go of GoNintendo! And it's superb to read you are getting back on your feet.

I just hope too many people haven't given up on this site by when you get back. Still say you could let some people update a bit to keep the wheels turning.

So, gang! Let's make GN 2.0 even better than before! Smile

Incredibly glad to hear! Take the time you need, and we're all here ready for you!
Can't WAIT to hear your thoughts on things again.

corygodbey
Mon Jul 26 21 07:29pm
Rating: 4

YES! Makes me feel like we'll need an old-fashioned "bit and run" comic to celebrate the return!

Just when I got use to not checking Gonintendo everyday 24/7 like I use to now that changes later this year! Lol Glad to hear you are doing well RMC and am glad to see the new fresh GoNintendo when it launches later this year.

Man. I can't tell you how much I missed Gonintendo this year. It's been a staple news source for me for a decade.

Yes! This sounds awesome!
<3

So great to hear! <3

Great plan, I bet nintendo updated the 3ds firmware just for the occasion today :D

Wonderful to hear. I used to check this site all the time back when I was in high school. I look forward to the new content.

Good to hear. I've been checking in on the site like once a week for the past 5 months. Had pretty much given up hope. Time to re-add to my favorites haha!

Welcome back, RMC! I hope each day has been easier for you. So nice to hear from you. Smile

I'm so happy your back and willing to ride that horse again. It's not easy I'm sure however to take the pain and fears throughout our life and will yearn to move forward is the greatest aspect of life, something everyone one of us on some level feels.

I'm Glad GoNintendo will be back, NintendoLife just didn't do it for me. Too much clutter and unnecessary filler, I prefer just getting straight to the news and making a quick comment when the feeling strikes. Looking forward to the revamp, it'll be hard to top this style but I'm sure you can do it..

Awesome! Glad to hear you're feeling better, at least to the point that you can say what you just did. Take the time you need to get GoNintendo in ship-shape again, no rush.

And it looks like I definitely wasn't the only one regularly checking this site in the past few months, not by a long shot Smile

I'm really glad to hear you returning with a team this time! I'll be excitingly waiting here for the grand re-opening of GN.

I want to keep following this site so my future kids can read up on the tasty rumors and nintendo news they can get their hands on just like i did in my teens.

Keep up the good work RMC! See ya on here soon!

hawk
Wed Jul 28 21 12:56pm
Rating: 1

Terrific news! Thank you for the update, and I'm so happy to know I'm getting my favorite website back.

The idea of expanding and adding features has me worried, though.

To me, Gonintendo's biggest strength is its focus on just-the-facts news. No politics, no fluffy opinion pieces, and no "geek-news-but-not-game-news" time-wasting. No website does this as well as Gonintendo, and it's why no website has replaced it in my heart.

Adding opinion pieces from editors trying to justify their salaries could be the first step toward becoming another Kotaku. So please be careful! Even some other Nintendo news sites are well down this path. At another site I found a hokey article calling a fairly routine character death in Phoenix Wright a "Game-of-Thrones-level twist!!!" then proceeded to talk about the highly exaggerated "Women in a refrigerator" phenomenon in entertainment media to pad out her article. This is the exact kind of stuff I'd try to avoid.

Anyway, I'm absolutely thrilled you're bringing back the site, and I hope you'll make sure it keeps all the things we've loved about Gonintendo over the years.

THIS IS AMAZING NEWS!

I have been missing the podcast pretty badly because it has been a joyful part of my week for a long long time.

RawMeat…. Just wanna say I’m proud of you and behind you fully 100% whatever the new direction may be. You and the rest of the crew have always brought joy to my life, and it does my heart well to know that you are doing better as a person and an individual. I’ll be looking forward to consuming some great content from you guys, and to get back to listening to the podcast. I need some soundboard in my life!! :D

Cheers RMC. — Longtime fan HeyDuda32

So happy to see this! Can't wait for the site and podcast to be back, and I'm so glad you're working to turn things around!

I just want to reiterate how happy I am that RMC is getting back on the horse. I feel like I did when Nintendo Force was announced as the continuation of Nintendo Power. I remember feeling like not having NP show up in my mailbox was going to be a major void, but to this day I've never had to live with it because Nintendo Force filled the gap right away. So, really, this multimonth loss of the best Nintendo news on the net was actually WORSE than losing Nintendo Power in some way. I'm so glad RMC is coming back.

Soooooooo glad! Take your time, but hurry up. ^__^

Great news!! :D
I've been getting my Nintendo news elsewhere and it's definitely not the same.

I hope all goes well and if there's anything I can do to help, I'll do my best o/

This is fantastic to hear. GoNintendo is the best site because it covers absolutely everything, even games that have a very niche fanbase, like hunting and fishing sims. I'm going to moving my gaming to the Steam Deck once I get mine in January, but I'll still keep GN in my daily visit list simply because it's the best.

nuff64
Thu Jul 29 21 12:47pm
Rating: 1

This is great news! I'm relieved to see that everyone is okay.
I was getting very tired of going to other sites for news. Biased views, forced political input, bad takes.. I'm happy to see GoNintendo is set to return, bringing what's most important: News! GoNintendo feels like the Reuters of Nintendo news, and that's what I always love. Just good content. Glad to see the return!

Such amazing news! I am so happy to have come back and seen this headline. I kept holding out hope and well you made my day, week, heck probably month or even more!

I'm late, but welcome back RMC.

Everyone in the community might not get along or see things the same way, but it's still our community. Thanks.

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