3DS Buzz – A Fond Farewell
As our focus switches from news to community spirit, your humble writer takes a moment to thank you all for your support.
It’s been an emotional day for all here at 3DS Buzz, with our sudden shift in focus from updates to forums and community camaraderie having taken more than one reader by surprise. Having been fortunate enough to be contributing to the site for almost two years, your humble writer wanted to take the opportunity to thank our readership and community for their loyalty, optimism and sharp sense of humour ever since the site began.
Many of us have been following 3DS Buzz since before the system itself was launched, including myself. When the opportunity for the site to grow came along, I was fortunate enough to be plucked from the ether to have a thoroughly enjoyable time helping to bring the latest and greatest 3DS updates to you lovely lot. And what updates they’ve been! From a console that launched with no browser, no eShop and a launch lineup lacking in some big names, the Nintendo 3DS is now expanding monthly into new directions, with big titles and forgotten franchises alike finding a new home on that stereoscopic screen of splendour.
Every day has thrown up a new surprise and a new reason to remind us all why 3DS ownership really is the cat’s pyjamas. I’ve been fortunate enough to write for a warm and engaging community who have more than accepted my penchant for piratical references and outright silliness, and to know that so many of you have been out there reading the words of myself and my fellow writers has been consistently humbling and gratifying.
It’s surreal in a way to think that from tomorrow onwards I’ll no longer be contributing to the site, let alone excitedly conveying to you all what the titular ‘buzz’ about the 3DS actually is. But as a fan of the system, it’s been an amazing privilege not only being on the forefront of the system’s growth, but relaying it to all of you and seeing the discussions it fosters in turn.
It’s the sincerest hope of us all that you’ll continue to find new friends, play more games and continue talking about the state of play for that eccentric little handheld that could. Rest assured that though I’ll no longer be writing for you, I’ll still be gaming alongside you in earnest; perhaps soon I’ll see you on the circuit in Mario Kart 7, lose disastrously to your ace serves in Mario Tennis Open, help you hoover up some spectres in Luigi’s Mansion 2 or doom my entire squad to your tactical moxie in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Which I’m so bad at, by the way, I made a wonky webcomic about it.
Talking of which, I’m off writing for a corporate magazine alongside my contributions to PopBucket soon (two other writing gigs I somehow muddled my way into), but there’s no reason not to keep in touch. My peculiarity and associated doodlings can be found in abundance over on Twitter, should you in any way wish to subject yourself to the burblings of a madman.
As the focus of 3DS Buzz changes, it falls to you, our ever-stoic community, to keep the spirit of 3DS discussion alive. I reiterate that it’s been a tremendous honour furnishing you with 3DS news and discussion over the years, and this will forever be a role I’ll look back on with fondness, pride and a sense of the warm fuzzies that you, yes you, helped put there.
Now, enough of this soppiness! There’s a mansion to vacuum, an army to march to embarrassing oh-snap-hit-the-Home-menu-and-don’t-save-that doom, the princess of Hyrule to save, plenty of online racers to jostle for the lead with… and that’s before we get to Pokémon X and Y, Fantasy Life, the localisation of Bravely Default, the courtroom drama of Ace Attorney 5…
Something tells me that we’re only just getting started!