Nintendo World Report Announces Patreon Campaign

by the NWR Staff - April 19, 2016, 2:03 pm PDT
Total comments: 36

Remove us from the shackles of the search engine optimization god

After 17 years, we've finally sold out - to you.

Starting today, Nintendo World Report has launched crowdfunding through Patreon. For as little as $1 a month, you can see exclusive Nintendo World Report content, as well as have influence on the site at higher tiers.

Depending on your generosity, we may be able to produce exclusive podcasts, bring back classic NWR content such as Patreon-backed developer interviews and magazines, and even eliminate all advertising from the website.

Thank you so much for your support, and let's make Nintendo World Report better than it's ever been!

Click here to access our Patreon page.

Talkback

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorApril 19, 2016

How much do I have to pay to be able to ban anyone I want?

Oh, wait...

fred13April 19, 2016

I'm considering joining just for the podcasts. LOVE RFN and I enjoy Connectivity. Hopefully the $300 podcast will be great.

MythtendoApril 19, 2016

How much to let me join in on a podcast? LOL

TOPHATANT123April 19, 2016

I'm in, let the shackles be released.

KhushrenadaApril 19, 2016

How much for The Funhouse?

I feel I might be able to buy that forum property pretty cheaply thanks to the residents living in it.

nickmitchApril 19, 2016

Excited for the improvements to the premium forums.

Triforce HermitApril 19, 2016

I'll support you even without the perks. I don't mind and I like the site. To get it updated I would gladly donate.

DasmosApril 19, 2016

After taking so, so much over the years, I guess I can give a little back.

ejamerApril 19, 2016

In for a modest monthly contribution.
NWR has already earned it.

broodwarsApril 19, 2016

There's too much other stuff these days demanding my money for me to fund this (and honestly, I'm tired of stuff going to Patreon in general), but I wish the site well if this is the only way it can survive these days.

sudoshuffApril 19, 2016

I'm in!

OedoApril 19, 2016

More than happy to pitch in a little bit every month. NWR is one of the few remaining gaming sites where I enjoy the content and posting in the forums. Here's hoping it continues to stick around and get better for a long time.

MythtendoApril 19, 2016

Quote from: broodwars

There's too much other stuff these days demanding my money for me to fund this (and honestly, I'm tired of stuff going to Patreon in general), but I wish the site well if this is the only way it can survive these days.

Some people do better stuff with it than others. I am not a big fan of locking good stuff behind it. Pat the NES Punk has a bi-weekly podcast called the Completely Unnecessary Podcast, Patreon supports get a video version of it (though he posts clips on YouTube) and gets the podcast a day earlier. That is a good use.

ShyGuyApril 19, 2016

Will James get a raise?

ShyGuyApril 19, 2016

But seriously, throw in new forum software as a stretch goal.

If I get a Patreon badge, does that mean I am unbannable?

Evan_BApril 19, 2016

I will definitely back this as soon as I have a steady flow of income.

You guys have put together a great site and I wish you luck.

broodwarsApril 19, 2016

Quote from: Mythtendo

Quote from: broodwars

There's too much other stuff these days demanding my money for me to fund this (and honestly, I'm tired of stuff going to Patreon in general), but I wish the site well if this is the only way it can survive these days.

Some people do better stuff with it than others. I am not a big fan of locking good stuff behind it. Pat the NES Punk has a bi-weekly podcast called the Completely Unnecessary Podcast, Patreon supports get a video version of it (though he posts clips on YouTube) and gets the podcast a day earlier. That is a good use.

Really, the only Patreon I'm considering funding is Easy Allies, and that's just because I loved GT so much and those guys do so much really professional video work no one else really does well.

EnnerApril 20, 2016

Good luck! Though, it looks like you might not need to much of it.


I've been looking at the Patreon tiers to see where the ad-free site experience is. Given how much time I spent on this site, I would love to pay to have it ad free.


EDIT: In fact, ad free is pretty much all I want. Anything else is extra.

ejamerApril 20, 2016

Ad-free tier would be an appealing option - I often find the ads on this site to include cleavage-filled shots for random mobile games. Without a smart phone these ads are useless to me but the artwork they often use makes looking at the site at work or even around my kids embarrassing.


I'm not really a fan of limiting content to supporters, as making sure the site is appealing to everyone seems like an important way to grow content and user-base. Time delays are ok, I guess.




It's a shame that Broodwars doesn't consider the site worth supporting at all, but everyone has to make their own choices about where to spend their limited resources. I do appreciate the wide variance in support levels offered. Committing to a $12 or $24 donation over the course of a year shouldn't be hard for most. If this site is something you use and get regular enjoyment from, that's not a high threshold. I was able to go a bit higher because we are in a good place financially (and let's face it: as a Nintendo gamer I'm not spending much money on games these days).

lolmonadeApril 20, 2016

Quote from: Khushrenada

How much for The Funhouse?

I feel I might be able to buy that forum property pretty cheaply thanks to the residents living in it.

It sure as heck isn't park place, more of a Baltic Avenue.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorApril 20, 2016

I did demand a Pateron-exclusive forum.

I got shot down.

I should just declare the Funhouse pateron-exclusive and ban anyone who posts in it without supporting the site. :p

broodwarsApril 20, 2016

Quote from: ejamer

It's a shame that Broodwars doesn't consider the site worth supporting at all, but everyone has to make their own choices about where to spend their limited resources.

Just not enough money to go around, man. Just had to drop $530 on a car repair a few weeks ago. I wouldn't rule it out in the future, but right now I don't really have expendable income to throw at sites like this.

rygarApril 20, 2016

I'm happy to support my favorite podcast. Thanks for the great work.

ejamerApril 22, 2016

I'm surprised this post isn't a sticky post at the top of the page and/or in the images section.
Seems like that might garner additional attention and more Patreon supporters.

ejamerApril 22, 2016

Quote from: broodwars

Quote from: ejamer

It's a shame that Broodwars doesn't consider the site worth supporting at all, but everyone has to make their own choices about where to spend their limited resources.

Just not enough money to go around, man. Just had to drop $530 on a car repair a few weeks ago. I wouldn't rule it out in the future, but right now I don't really have expendable income to throw at sites like this.

Hey - no worries. I fully understand how scarce money can be and how everyone has to make individual choices about how to best use what they have.  Some people honestly don't have a extra $1 per month to offer.

lolmonadeApril 22, 2016

For the dummies & patreon illiterate, anyone mind answering me when are the funds withdrawn from your account each month?  At a cursory glance, I couldn't find this info on the website.


I just realized I've been active on the forums for almost 6 years now..., so if I can get answers to these, then I think I can commit a few bucks a month to a website which has provided me hours of good podcast material, interesting articles to read, and a community which I enjoy being a part of.

TOPHATANT123April 22, 2016

I think it's the 1st of every month.

rygarApril 22, 2016

It's the 1st of the month as said above by Tophat.  I'm not sure I was given the date until I received the confirmation email.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorApril 22, 2016

So... I want to speak for a second about why I gave to the NWR patreon drive.

It has nothing to do with my extensive history with the site, my mod status, or my love of Nintendo.  Heck, sorry, NWR - but I rarely listen to the podcasts (just don't have time... gimme an article to read!).

NintendoWorldReport is one of the very few websites that focuses on gaming and Nintendo.  Sure, there are occasional sales pieces or other newsy things - and those are okay.

But what we don't get are the "GamerGate" things (from either side).  We had a thread on it that was pretty unmemorable, but never any real site-wide discussion.  When a forum member made some nasty comments about a prominent female rumors source, they were shut down, hard, and with virtually no objection - because it's clear we are a welcoming community that just won't tolerate it.  The recent kurffle with Ms. Rapp - I don't think we even had a thread on it (and, honestly, without reading Reddit, I likely wouldn't have heard anything about it, nor did I even know who she was beforehand) - because it's not games.

We may all s*** on Ian or complain about s*****y mods doing a s*** job, but we still have a decent amount of respect for our fellow gamers as people - and this is a community I want to be a part of.

Hey all - thanks for the support so far. It means the world.


In retrospect, starting the Patreon the weekend before PAX East might have been a dumb idea since I was basically out of commission for 4 days. But feel free to ask any questions here and I'll answer to the best of my ability.

Geez, now I sorta want to back just because this is a place where UncleBob posts.

LucarioApril 25, 2016

Wow, Bob didn't know you had it in you! ;D

ResettisCousinApril 27, 2016

What I'd support: a flat goal pledge drive that is equal to last year's hosting and domain cost, plus maybe 15%. Compare your alexa rank over time to nintendolife, a much newer site. You don't get Patreon pledges and then a 'renewed commitment to creating original content' follows. It's the other way around. The site has history and talent, yes. Let's freshen up the drapes. And it's the same cabal of posters commenting on every article. The community is stagnant.

The comparison to Nintendo Life is very flattering. Keep in mind they have several full-time employees. We are all doing this for fun.

A flat goal pledge drive would just mean we break even every month. If we want the site to grow and develop in any way, that won't happen by doing that.

ShyGuyApril 27, 2016

$10k stretch goal to reveal Greg Leahy's face.

ejamerApril 27, 2016

Nintendo Life is a nice looking site. I appreciate their dedication to reviewing digital content, although those reviews are not as good as they once were for a variety of reasons.


A goal to emulate their growth would be fine, as long as that goal doesn't compromise the quality of content provided here. (Personally I find original content from NWR to be more colorful and more critical - both qualities I appreciate because I don't want/need another bland news aggregation site.)

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