Cloud Nine Updates: April 2018

Hey guys! It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these, but now, it’s time for a comprehensive update on Cloud Nine content, progress, and goals. First up, I’d like to thank all readers for checking in so regularly. As cliché as it sounds, it really means the world.

In regard to more serious matters, we have a lot to talk about today. The future of Cloud Nine, the kind of content you might expect to see this summer, and the focus of the entire website. This won’t be a short read, but I’d still appreciate it if you could give this post a quick skim. Now then, let’s get right down to business.

Site Identity & General Matters

New visitors to Cloud Nine may be confused as to what kind of website they are looking at. There’s no readily apparent theme that ties everything together. An obvious solution to this problem might be to rebrand and rename the site – but I actually don’t want to do that. Here’s why.

In 2011, I ran a Super Mario Bros. forum. Eventually, I lost interest in it and shut it down. In 2015, I ran the Amiibo Dojo. Eventually, I lost interest in it and shut it down. Noticing a recurring theme? When I grow bored of something, I tend to shut it down. I created Cloud Nine in June 2017 to “fix” this problem – its broad name and URL mean that it can represent any kind of content. Whatever I feel like posting will fit here because there is no central theme.

I’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate: Cloud Nine is not an amiibo training website. Sure, amiibo training is a primary focus, but it is not the primary focus. If it were, I’d still be running the Amiibo Dojo, not Cloud Nine.

You might not be aware of it, but there’s plenty of other content on offer at Cloud Nine as well. Super Mario Odyssey, Kirby Star Allies, and Pokémon are all represented – and those are just a few examples of games we cover. If I had to come up with a goal, a “vision” for Cloud Nine, it would be to build up a strong resource of credible gaming guides and information.

Even then, I’ve posted a few things here at Cloud Nine that do not relate to gaming. I’ve created an archive of my art over the years, for one. My point is, Cloud Nine’s purpose is more of a “catch-all” website for anything I’d be interested in writing about. I hope you all as readers can understand that, and that you will continue to read new content as it releases. Speaking of which…

Moving Forward: New Content

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been trying to broaden Cloud Nine’s horizons. Over time, there’s been less amiibo training content and more content relating to… well, everything else. This has been done deliberately. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS are starting to die down, and as a result, there has been a significant drop in overall interest in amiibo training.

In the future, Cloud Nine’s content will focus primarily on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch amiibo training guides. Until the game releases, however, Cloud Nine’s content will focus on other games: Super Mario Odyssey, Kirby Star Allies, and Pokémon are just a few examples of what I have in store for you all. I hope this shift in content is welcomed, and that you all can appreciate it as much as you have with Cloud Nine’s amiibo guide series.

On the subject of Cloud Nine’s amiibo guide series – I actually update them behind-the-scenes quite regularly as instructed by the community Discord server. I’m going to continue to do this for the foreseeable future, but there will be no major format updates to the guides from this point on. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS’ amiibo metagame is fizzling out, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch‘s amiibo metagame will (hopefully) take its place. I’m going to write an all-new set of training guides for the Nintendo Switch iteration of Smash in a timely manner, and it’s going to be great.

Conclusion

In the gap between now and the release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch, Cloud Nine will have plenty of new and fresh content to offer. In particular, I’m going to be finishing up the Super Mario Odyssey guides – because there are a lot of them left to complete. Again, I hope you all understand that Cloud Nine is not exclusively an amiibo training site, and that you might feel inclined to read content here that isn’t about amiibo training. As the site broadens its horizons, I hope your horizons are broadened as well. That sounds terribly cheesy, but oh well. You can be sure that I’ll be working hard behind the scenes to bring a continuous stream of site content to you all. Thank you again for visiting so faithfully! If there’s anything you’d like to suggest, please use the Contact form. Until next time!


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