Sunday, October 1, 2023

One Year of Nintendo Watcher

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I started the Nintendo Watcher website.

But, turns out, it’s been just that long.


Last year, I started this website with one goal in mind: to write about how much I love Final Fantasy X.

I was fresh off a replay of the Switch port of the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster, and I couldn’t stop thinking about how good it was. That game took me right back to the launch of the PlayStation 2, one of the most important times in my life of playing video games. 

I had a Switch before I played the remastered version of Final Fantasy X, but it wasn’t until I finished my playthrough that I wanted to be part of the Nintendo gaming community. At this point in my life, I was only able to play through this hefty 50+-hour adventure because of the Nintendo Switch’s hardware.

Because of handheld mode, I wasn’t forced to be tied to a TV.

And because of the Switch’s instant-on feature, I could pick up and play without waiting for the game to boot up.

All of that to say, the Nintendo Switch changed the way I play, enjoy, and think about video games. And I was so inspired by YouTube personalities. I couldn’t get enough of Johnny Millenium’s emotion over on the Happy Console Gamer channel, RGT 85’s hot takes on the news of the day, Metal Jesus’s rare game hunting, Shelby and Matt’s comedy on the Girlfriend Reviews channel, and so many more.

I wanted to add my voice to this huge community of Nintendo content creators.

So I did.

I launched the Nintendo Watcher site in December 2020 and haven’t looked back.

At first, Nintendo Watcher was just a website where I would publish articles about games I was passionate about. Nobody visited the site. Nobody read what I was writing. I was doing it for me.

Today, I’m still doing it for me. But now, we’re getting traffic. We have a small — but strong — following. 

I want to thank all the individual contributors that pitch and write news stories. (They’re all taking a well-deserved break until the beginning of January.)

And I want to give a big shout out to Matthew, Crocomire Rock himself, co-host of the Nintendo Watcher Podcast, frequent contributor to the website, and one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. Oh, and a great friend.

Next year, you can look forward to getting more from me. I want to write more. Find even more contributors who are passionate about video games. Keep the podcast going. Get a regular streaming schedule. And start producing more video content for YouTube. 

(Wish me luck.)

Thank you for all your support over the past year.

Thank you for following.

Thank you for liking.

Thank you for clicking.

Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for subscribing.

Whatever you do, thank you.

Justin McGee
Justin McGee
Lifelong Nintendo fan. Follow me on Twitter @PuffyRedShirt

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