Monday, September 17, 2007

NSider forums closed

Nintendo of America has closed its official forums, NSider. In a statement on the site, the move is described as an ´indefinite´ closure:

Nintendo is working on a major overhaul to to support the continued success of Nintendo DS and Wii. As we prepare for this huge site update, Nintendo must unfortunately close the Nintendo NSider Forums message boards indefinitely beginning Sept. 17, 2007. (...)

While their future remains uncertain, (...) remember also that the unique features available with Nintendo DS and Wii give Nintendo the opportunity to communicate directly with fans, while also enabling fans and friends around the world to communicate with each other. (...)

Starting Sept. 17, existing NSider Forums will be available in Read Only format for one week. Private Messages will be disabled. On Monday, Sept. 24, the forums will be removed from public view.

In a mail sent to all NSider members with at least Sage status, which I received in July 2006, Nintendo of America added:

The Nintendo NSider Forums have been indefinitely closed. (...) We know that this may come as disappointing news to you, but we want you to know that we sincerely appreciate the contribution you've made to the community. The Nintendo NSider Forums would not have been the same without great contributions from Sages like you. Even though the forums have closed, we still value your opinion and care about what you think.

We have created an online survey exclusively for Sages to get your feedback on the Nintendo NSider Forums.

In the survey, I wrote the following commentary:

The NSider forums were always maintained in a spirit of ´laissez faire´ and I welcomed that. While reasonable but critical posts (mine included) are regularly deleted over at the Sony PlayStation forums, NSider allowed a high degree of criticism, even obvious trolling and flaming. Overall, I believe that the forums were self-regulating, with so many reasonable posters, Sages and Knights of Hyrule keeping stupidity and ulterior motives at bay.

I would have wanted a system like NeoGAF, though, where thread-posting rights are a hard-earned luxury and are often and easily revoked. I am shocked to see NSider closing shop and can only hope that this great community is only closed temporarily. With Nintendo´s tremendous success, gamers need a free and open platform like this one.

EDIT In fact, the Nintendo of Europe forums are also down. There is only talk of a ´temporary´ downtime, however, and technical difficulties are given as a reason.

We have temporarily suspended the community forums as we're resolving a security issue. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Source: NSider
Thanks to: TSA, Fatnickc


fatnickc said...

This might not be related, but the Nintendo of Europe forums (or at least the UK part of them) have been closed for a few months now.

Anonymous said...

N-Sider down? Oh, no - where will everyone go to complain about Smash Bros. updates, casual games, and how much Wii sucks?

This is truly a sad day in the respective histories of freethinking, honest debate, and the poor sap who runs the website to which they all flock.

Craig.Baldie said...

hey Falafelkid, do you know if this is related to the "surprise" that Reggie hinted at coming near the end of Semptember....?
Time is quickly running out for him

Unknown said...

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Anonymous said...

Come on, guys! It's so obvious that this has something to do with the surprise Reggie hinted at.
I think they are moving the forums to the Wii combined with the new Mii-Channel. Does only the question remain how we are supposed to type in textmessages. Hopefully we see some DS/Wii interaction here.

Jake said...

unannounced keyboard support + closure of forums + updatable internet capable wii = wii forums channel

Anonymous said...

maybe wii forums channel, but they also could be integrating miis with the forums somehow. Both go pretty much hand in hand.

Anonymous said...

Hi Falafelkid!
Is this your Star Wars game?

Maybe you can find out if it's just a PS2 port or if it is a "real" Wii version.

Anonymous said...

nsider was a forum filled with fags like smashking and tomnookssontommy. good for them, their useless ranting on random shit like pichu got the forums shut down. who gives a fuck about pichu anyway?? no one. since the forums are now closed, now they may actually get laid or something.

fatnickc said...

Well, it seems the two might be connected now - Nintendo of Europe have announced that the NoE forums will not be opening again.

fatnickc said...

Sorry, the above link didn't seem to work, so I'll do it in lines.

Anonymous said...

hey ials mom

wiis has sold much more than crappy ass ps3/xbox360. that proves that wiis are much better. gay ass fucking punk, who the fuck do you think you are, saying it sucks? i hear whatever you play has glitches- like your gay ass xbox shit.

yeah, nsider was a forum of fags amd spam, but them > you in terms in having a life.

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