Thursday, September 22, 2011

A moment of reflection, while we hit 50k views

When I started this blog, I did not image it would attract a lot of visitors. I hoped it would reach fellow enthusiasts, but did not expect there would be many out there.

Although Nintendo is a popular brand, there are zillions of sites and blogs already dedicated to it. I believed the particular angle I choose (toys and games from 1965-1983) would be of limited interest in this videogame day and age.

We passed the 50,000 blog view mark today!

However, 7 months and 43 posts later, the page counter passed the 50,000 views mark. Surpassing my expectations by far!

beforemario on Kotaku

From the start there has been a steady increase in the number of readers. After beforemario was featured on Kotaku some time ago, this increased even more.

The post on the Nintendo Light Telephone also proved very popular. It was reposted on many sites, including and sites from Germany (here and here), Spain (here) and Russia (here).

beforemario on

The blog draws a diverse readership from all corners of the world. To all of you I would like to say: thanks for reading!

I would also love to hear your feedback about the blog so far. What do you like, what can be improved. What's your favorite bit and what are you missing? Do you read it occasionally, or religiously?

So, what do you think? Please post your comments below. Thanks!


  1. Congrats! If I think of any helpful feedback, I'll add it, but at any rate, keep up the good work.

  2. I read the blog every time there's an update on its/your Twitter.
    I'm really into Nintendo history and this blog is pure gold. I hope it will evolve into an "After Mario" someday :)

  3. Congrats! I really love this blog, waking up every morning hoping to see an update. There really isn't anything I can say is in need of improvement. I just hope that when you reach the last of the toys, you broaden your coverage, I really don't want to see you stop. Information on the first arcade games, or profiles for important Nintendo employees would be great!