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PSA: Do not inform yourself through NintendoSoup (now a banned source)

Oct 25, 2017
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EDIT: This was about Nintendo Soup . Com but the website has been fortunately banned from era in the course of this thread, hence the "******" in the post.

I've seen a recurring trend over the last few months/a year that the website **************** started gaining a lot of attention with threads being made relaying their news. I'd like to point out how it's currently probably the worst and most fake news-filled video game news website you could possibly inform yourself on.

On top of having generally no filter at all, using often twitter reactions to make generalizing articles or just any fan youtube videos (see this for instance), they also show a tendency of making huge leaps and using japanese sources without understanding a word of the language. A few examples:


This thread was made based on one of their article pointing out how one (1) reddit user managed to get a cancellation of their digital preorder of Pokémon SwSh. This article however didn't mention the important fact that anyone can get a digital preorder cancelled once for any motive, as per a global Nintendo policy. This is plain controvery stirring over misinformation.


This article, saved through Webarchive, mentionned how Gou (upcoming co-protagonist of the Pokémon anime) was announced as non-binary in a japanese article. There was never any mention of that in said article, only that he was meant to look like an androgenous pretty boy. Once the fake news was spread long and large and being called out, they amended the article saying that they were mistaken due to "the limited japanese language" which not only is kinda racist, is also proof that they don't know shit about the language.


Here they were responsible for kicking the misinformation about Nintendo apparently asking fans for what they fant relating to the future of Mother through a survey, were the only thing they actually did was asking fans of the series to write out and submit their favorite things from each of the Mother games, as well as general information about the order they played the games in and such. Once again a case of not knowing shit about what you're writing about.

On other generally shitty things, here they are exposing someone's public info in an article reporting the fake Grinch leak, which is definitely what you'd expect of a news website obviously

The further you dig, the more misinformation, assumptions and fake news you find. I highly recommend you to double check the source and original article when you find an article from Nintendosoup and, preferably, inform yourself on other websites. Here's a couple I'd personally recommend instead:

https://gematsu.com -> useful for all sorts of news, extremely up to date and generally has what you're looking for unless it's very specific. Probably my favourite game news website, highly recommended.

https://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/ -> if you're looking for Nintendo-only websites, I also would recommend that one. It's prioritizing quality over quantity and while it doesn't have all the very small and generally not important news, everything that matters get reported without bullshit.

http://www.nintendolife.com -> to complete the NWR coverage, if you want a broader look but still focus on Nintendo websites, this one is good too and generally doesn't make mistakes when they report stuff.
 
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Biestmann

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Oct 25, 2017
3,914
Gou being non-binary was too good to be true, so I had a feeling this was the case. Still, thanks for the heads-up.
 
May 21, 2019
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Is Go! Nintendo & Nintendo life legit I follow them on twitter?
Nintendolife is fine imo, Gonintendo is only a slightly less problematic Nintendosoup as someone already said here. Not to mention they link to Nintendosoup constantly so you're going to see a lot of the same stuff that site posts without even realizing it.
 

Serebii

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Oct 24, 2017
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Nintendo Soup often spread misinformation, google translations and just make articles of things like a couple of person's tweets and treat it like it's the main community.
 

Bane

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Oct 27, 2017
1,772
I only noticed them yesterday with that thread and was surprised how many people were believing it off of the incredibly vague info given. I really do not get why the thread wasn't closed.
 

ERAsaur

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Oct 25, 2017
370
And they’re not banned on here because...?
They manage to fly just underneath the radar enough to where their legitimacy isn't brought into question, so that's probably why.


If someone ever says something way off-base around me I usually find out NintendoSoup is at the core of it, they just aim for whatever angle will get them the most clicks. The National Pokedex debacle is doing wonders for them at the moment so they're really hammering away at that.
 

ggx2ac

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Oct 25, 2017
2,469
And they’re not banned on here because...?
Not enough awareness. I tell people not to share "X game sold out in Japan" Nintendosoup articles in media create threads because they make it sound like the game is selling out in all of Japan when it's only sold out in one store that they point to from online webpages of said store.
 

Cookie

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Oct 26, 2017
1,326
I hadn’t heard of this website before but that Pokemon cancellation thread seemed like straight bullshit from the source. This site should be blacklisted on Era.
 

Transistor

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Oct 25, 2017
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Thank you for bringing this up. Staff is aware of these issues and it is currently being discussed internally.
 

boy power

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Jul 29, 2019
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Gou being non-binary was too good to be true, so I had a feeling this was the case. Still, thanks for the heads-up.
I feel like this undermines the importance of representing cis male identified people who present more androgynous or feminine. Gou isn't lesser because he is not specifically labeled as non-binary.
 

Biestmann

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Oct 25, 2017
3,914
I feel like this undermines the importance of representing cis male identified people who present more androgynous or feminine. Gou isn't lesser because he is not specifically labeled as non-binary.
Don't get me wrong, Gou looks amazing. I just really don't think the industry is ready for a non-binary protagonist. I just don't see that happening.
 

HOUSEJoseph

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Oct 27, 2017
437
What? GoNintendo is great. I love how they provide more news than you would think about. Sometimes they provide information I’m looking for that no one cares about.
 

Meatwad

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
2,069
USA
That website is garbage. Of course I don’t listen to it.

GameXplain and NintendoLife are currently the best for Nintendo news
 

Meatwad

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
2,069
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Oct 30, 2017
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Imagine following any Nintendo site when GameXplain exists
GameXplain doesn’t cover many of the smaller details that pop up, and watch a 2 minute video is just worse than a 30 second article, personally.

Honestly, I am kinda disappointed to see them shift more and more towards being a news site in video form, though I understand it was was necessary for them.
 

Gartooth

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Oct 25, 2017
6,617
GameXplain doesn’t cover many of the smaller details that pop up, and watch a 2 minute video is just worse than a 30 second article, personally.

Honestly, I am kinda disappointed to see them shift more and more towards being a news site in video form, though I understand it was was necessary for them.
Yeah their video feed is pretty tedious to essentially see 2 minute videos for a brief headline. I typically use blogs if I just want a list of random Nintendo news bits and facts.
 

Forkball

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Oct 25, 2017
5,181
Ever since the Switch hit it big it seems like there has been a flurry of Nintendo news sites. My timeline is full of the same story from five different sources with wildly dramatic headlines.
 

Emily

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Oct 24, 2017
1,273
They sure loving writing about any Twitter drama they can find on Masuda.




 

Septimus

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Oct 27, 2017
349
Yeah they suck bad. GoNintendo is not that far off from them either. NintendoLife is okay ish but man, there always seems like there's never really a perfect source/good site. Always some minor bad details.
 

Gartooth

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Oct 25, 2017
6,617
I've been using the JapaneseNintendo blog a lot recently for quick headlines. They report on a lot of Japan-only stuff and mobile game announcements which may be filler to some, but I find it pretty interesting typically.
 

TheMoon

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Oct 25, 2017
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Blacklisted. Thanks.

How is Nintendo Everything?
"fine" in the grand scheme of things

www.perfectly-nintendo.com doesn't get enough credit honestly. the site is not so much about being fast with news and doesn't cover all the tiny gossipy things but if you want to read something that has actually been properly researched before it's been posted, go there. a good supplemental site to check.
 

TheMoon

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Oct 25, 2017
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Nintendo Life is run by Chris Scullion, former editor of Official Nintendo Magazine UK. Yep, they're the most legit one out there.
Chris doesn't run any site other than his own, tiredoldhack.com. He's currently writing the SNES Encyclopedia, a follow-up to his NES Encyclopedia from earlier this year. He contributes to NLife occasionally with reviews and stuff.