Content Review Power! Make Up!
Pretty writers of love and justice, Tanuki Bridge!
You might be noticing things look a little different here but that’s all right – you’re not going crazy, you’re just seeing our new, fresh coat of paint for the first time! Five years have passed since we were on the cusp of Nintendo’s first high definition console and a group of friends enthusiastically embarked on a mission to spread their passion for the Kyoto-based company across the web. During that time, we’ve made wonderful friends within the games industry, led the charge for a Bravely Default localisation with Operation Brave, met the voice of Mario and much more!
The current landscape of the industry is very different to when the Wii U was announced and is about to undergo yet another major change; the NX and Virtual Reality are on the horizon and the current market leaders are preparing to shake up our understanding of console generations with PlayStation 4 Neo and Project Scorpio. At EGX a couple of years ago, Will and I had our first experiences with Oculus Rift and were blown away – as gamers, we’re excited by all the new possibilities, stories and gameplay on the horizon. Which is why after many lengthy debates, we have decided to tear the platform wall down and let you know what we’re loving or looking forward to, regardless of system.
You may have also noticed something else that’s new – if you scroll up to this article’s featured image, you’ll see Takami Chika from Love Live! Sunshine!! smiling at you, as well as headers for “Anime/Manga”. Even in our WiiUAndMii days, we didn’t keep it a secret that many of our writers also love Japanese anime; after all, we did use every possible opportunity to write about it. While attending industry events and writing for other websites, I came to realise just how lovely the UK anime industry is and how so many people have been united by the stories I love, so we want to share the joy of anime with you as well!
We do however, respect that our readers came to us for our Nintendo content, so I want to reassure you all that this won’t be changing. Our scope may be changing, but our staff and love of Nintendo isn’t – I was giddy with excitement when my copy of Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE was dispatched this morning and in fact, all we talked about last weekend was where The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may fit into the series timeline! That may have even influenced the topic of the latest Hyrule Weekly…
With all this talk of content being added, there is one thing being removed however: news. With Nintendo Directs, conferences and social media, companies have much greater direct communication with fans than they used to, so we’d likely just be repeating information you heard earlier when we could be focusing on more unique, engaging content instead. That’s why we made the decision to move forward without news and put all our energy into informative reviews and interesting features that we hope you enjoy more than something you’ve already read in a tweet.
Choosing a new name was without a doubt the hardest part of this transition, but we wanted our enthusiasm to be a bridge connecting you to the tanuki, a playful and mischievous symbol of Japan and of course, a cheeky nod to the Tanooki Mario suit and our WiiUAndMii origin.
In closing, it’s worth mentioning that the new website is still in beta as we go back and update older articles to ensure links still work and redirect to the right places; so if you notice something that isn’t working as it should, please let us know and we’ll get on it!
We hope you’re looking forward to the new, diverse content coming to Tanuki Bridge!
Josh A. Stevens
Tanuki Bridge Editor