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It Is Time for a Switch.

by John Rairdin - February 2, 2018, 7:00 am PST
Total comments: 11

The site directors keep getting smaller.

I’m assuming that you’ve already read Neal’s post. If you haven’t you’ll likely find this one extremely confusing. Neal has given me the incredible honor of assuming the role of site director for Nintendo World Report. It is a daunting task and one I do not take lightly. As YouTube videos have always been my preferred method of communication, I'll refer you to the below video for information on where I want to take the site.

For those of you, however, who aren't in a position to watch a video right now, allow me to sum up my feelings on this change. I am, first and foremost, a fan of Nintendo World Report. I was 7 years old when this site took on its earliest incarnation. I grew up reading this site and listening to the podcasts. It means a lot to me. So to be given the opportunity to help chart the future of this site, is absolutely amazing.

I joined the site in 2014 to help launch NWRTV. Since then we've posted over 2000 videos, those videos have garnered over 20 million views, and earned us about 36,000 subscribers. If you add up all the time people have spent watching our videos, the number you're left with isn't just minutes, hours, days, months, or even years. Viewers have spent just over one century watching our content. Now don't get me wrong, not all those videos were from me (though I did reveal the size of Xenoblade Chronicles X's map on the day Fallout 4 released, and made a pretty damn good Zelda timeline theory). No, those videos came from everyone here at Nintendo World Report. Our outstanding written content found new life and a new audience, thanks to this staff's willingness to try new things and expand Nintendo World Report. In fact, just a few weeks ago our beloved Radio Free Nintendo Podcast made its debut on NWRTV as well.

What Neal Ronaghan led us to create in NWRTV is exactly what I hope to create across a multitude of platforms, while still maintaining this site as the core of what we do. The staff, and myself, aim to drive Nintendo World Report to reach new heights in the coming years. After all, Neal managed to pull us through the slow Wii U years, now its time to switch into a higher gear.

Neal and I will be talking about the future of NWR and answering your questions on NWRTV tomorrow afternoon.


SorenFebruary 02, 2018

I'm expecting all hands on deck for future Star Fox content. Don't let me down John. We're here for you!

nickmitchFebruary 02, 2018

One of the requirements for the job must be the name John.

Best of luck with the new role! The site seems to always be in good hands.

MrPandaFebruary 02, 2018

I, for one, welcome our new Star Fox-loving overlord.

Congratulations John on your new role! You make amazing videos, and I look forward to seeing what you bring to NWR!

BeautifulShyFebruary 02, 2018

So would you say that the site will becoming more like the Switch in that it will be a hybrid of ideas and content?

Ian SaneFebruary 02, 2018

"I was 7 years old when this site  took on its earliest incarnation."

Oh my God, I'm old.  When I was 7 the World Wide Web didn't even exist yet.

Anyway, congratulations, John!  I'm sure you'll do a great job. :)

LemonadeFebruary 02, 2018

I have seen a lot of John's work on YouTube, Im sure he is a great fit for the role as Director.

I very much like the idea of more video content, specially video reviews. There have been a few of them recently, but I would like to see many more of them. I know its not always possible, but I think the goal should be to have a video version of every review.

ShyGuyFebruary 02, 2018


ejamerFebruary 03, 2018

Oh no!  When you say Switch, you really mean "Change"?  That sounds horrible and terrible and...

Oh wait, it's John?  Well that's not so bad. Heck, I can get behind this.
Le roi est mort, vive le roi!

Good luck with the new responsibilities, looking forward to your reign. :D

KhushrenadaFebruary 03, 2018

Quote from: ShyGuy


That really is the perfect gif for this news.

OedoFebruary 03, 2018

It's good to know that the site will continue to be in the hands of someone who started out as a fan and really cares about it, and someone who fully understands what makes Nintendo World Report special. As I said in Neal's thread, I've immensely enjoyed the content the site has put out since I found it (be it written content, videos, or podcasts), and I'm sure that will continue with you at the helm, John!

Quote from: John

I grew up reading this site and listening to the podcasts.


Won't somebody think of the children?!

Congrats. Let me know if I can help. I'm here. Watching.

Mostly just watching.

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