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The front page of NSider on February 26, 2006

The Nintendo NSider Forums (NSider) was an official online community hosted by Nintendo of America, as a subdomain of It used the Lithium Technologies forum software. The Nintendo NSider Forums were essentially an online branch of Nintendo Power, and its members were called "NSiders."

The NSider Forums was officially launched on November 24, 2003, the same day that received an overall. NSider's original user base primarily consisted of user accounts transferred from Hyrule Town Square, an online community originally designed to promote The Legend of Zelda, with the addition of an improved version of the Digichat NSider, a chatroom that was open at certain times that could be only accessed by members. The NSider Forums' accounts were shared with My Nintendo accounts, so therefore subscription numbers could be tied to a posting user's account.

On September 17, 2007, the Nintendo NSider Forums were closed permanently in response to another site redesign. This resulted in many fans creating their own successor to the NSider Forums.


Different incarnations of NSider have been around since 1995, when Nintendo first launched a website on AOL. Previous incarnations of the NSider Forums were referred to as Nintendo Power Circuit, Loudhouse, The Ancient NSider, The Old NSider, Digichat, The Old Days, Hyrule Town Square, and The New NSider.

  • In 1995, Nintendo created an AOL website, keyword: Nintendo. This website contained a community of sorts, made up of a couple of chat rooms, the most popular being the Power Circuit.
  • In 1997, Nintendo moved its website to the World Wide Web, where a new community was created, named the Loudhouse. The Loudhouse remained until the middle of 1998, when Nintendo overhauled their entire website to become NSider.
  • As NSider grew, the number of members increased, and security issues were found within the iChat system, resulting in the system shutting down in 2000.
  • In 2001, "Old NSider" was created which was only open to Nintendo Power subscribers.
  • In April 2003, Nintendo opened Hyrule Town Square which gradually opened to the general public.
  • On November 24, 2003, all boards from the Hyrule Town Square site were transferred to a newly designed "NSider" forum powered by Lithium Technologies. The official "Off Topic Board”, known as the Power On, quickly became swamped with a plethora of Chat and Role-Play threads and was soon replaced with two official ones.
  • On July 14, 2004, The NSider forums were reorganized once again. General discussions and game play help boards were consolidated into one board. Furthermore, a board designated strictly for Role-Play Threads, known as the Power On (RP), was created. Shortly after these new changes, a major security exploit allowed the Power On board to be hacked. As a direct result, scripts including ".cgi”, ".php”, and ".pl” were indefinitely banned.
  • In March 2005, A Game play Help for Newcomers board was added. Eight months later, several new boards were added to promote the Nintendo DS's Wi-Fi features.
  • During the summer of 2005, spam threads were at an all-time high on the Nsider Forums and the retirement of the Power On board was considered amidst protest from valid contributors.
  • On December 15, 2005, NOA_Andy announced that due to high amounts of spam and abuse on the forums, the Power On (RP) and Chat threads would be retired.
  • On December 21, 2005, the administration staff on the NSider Forums created The Archive, a section on the NSider Forums where users can view and read threads from previously retired boards. As of June 6, 2006, the Archive contains forty-two different boards.
  • On June 6, 2006 as part of NOA_Andy's plan to "keep the forums moving forward" the Epic Center was retired.
  • On June 16, 2006, "Bronsen," a Knight of Hyrule, temporary created a chat thread to reward NSiders for a week's worth of good behavior. The Chat thread, entitled "Nintendo Underground" was initially planed to last for only six hours, but instead carried on well into the following morning.
  • In August 2007, fans of Super Smash Bros. Brawl were asked to vote for their favorite Super Smash Bros. character on Nintendo Forums.
  • On September 17, 2007, Nintendo closed the forums. The message hints at a forum overhaul, and encourages fan forums in the meantime.

Closing message[edit]

Nintendo NSider Forums Update

Nintendo is working on a major overhaul to to support the continued success of Nintendo DS and Wii. As we prepare for this huge site update, Nintendo must unfortunately close the Nintendo NSider Forums message boards indefinitely beginning Sept. 17, 2007.

For more than four years, these NSider Forums have fostered engaging, robust debates, a strong community and friendships. While their future remains uncertain, in the interim we invite our fans to build on the spirit of community by starting their own Nintendo discussion sites. Remember also that the unique features available with Nintendo DS and Wii give Nintendo the opportunity to communicate directly with fans, while also enabling fans and friends around the world to communicate with each other.

Nintendo has the greatest fans in the world, and it is because of their support and passion that Nintendo DS and Wii have become so hugely successful around the world. We hope that the faithful Nintendo community members will look forward to the future games and website updates that will enhance Nintendo's global community of Wii and Nintendo DS owners.

Starting Sept. 17, existing NSider Forums will be available in Read Only format for one week. Private Messages will be disabled. On Monday, Sept. 24, the forums will be removed from public view.

To visit the Read Only version of the NSider Forums, click here. Thanks for your understanding and continued support. We'll see you soon elsewhere on the Web.



There were numerous boards on the Nsider Forums including, Power On, Technical Support, Fan Art, Newcomers, and Review Board. In addition to those, there were also several other Nintendo franchise themed boards as well as a cluster of boards to endorse Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection products. The following is a list of boards in order of there appearance.

The Bulletin Board[edit]

The Bulletin Board is a board that only admins can edit. It usually talks about new Nintendo website updates and news about NSider.

Gameplay Help for Newcomers[edit]

The Gameplay Help for Newcomers board was created designated as a place for newly registered users to spend their first three days on the forums before heading out to various other parts of the forums. The board is strictly exclusive to new members, and for game plays help discussions, as any other message foreign to the theme will be locked or deleted.

Technical Support[edit]

The Technical Support board offered NSiders a place to exchange information pertaining to technical issues on the forums with their fellow peers, administrators, and moderators. It also offered tutorials for helping NSiders make signatures or learn more about the forums.

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Boards[edit]

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Boards were a list of boards featuring the different Wi-Fi-compatible games, general discussions, and FAQs.

Before the NSider Forums were closed, the boards included:

Console & Handheld Boards[edit]

The console and Handheld boards were multiple boards where you talk about the console or handheld. The following is a list of boards under this topic.

Franchise Boards[edit]

The franchise boards were boards based on popular franchises or recent games. The most popular were the Mario, Zelda, and Super Smash Bros. boards. The following is a list of the boards in the order of there appearance.

Review Board[edit]

The Review Board serves as a place where NSider users can submit reviews of video games they have played to their peers. If a review is extremely well written and detailed, it can be chosen by a group of judicatures to appear on the Community page for the official Nintendo websites.

Fan Art Board[edit]

The Fan Art Board offers users a place to submit artwork based on a Nintendo related theme. It is also a place for NSider users to show off their signatures and exchange advice on how to make better ones. Every month, the Nsider's hierarchy usually holds a contest to determine which item of artwork is the be st.

Similar to the Fan Art board, the Fan Fiction board allows NSider users to create stories or scenarios for their favorite video game characters. Every week, the hierarchy of the forum will select the best and most well written story for the "Best Fan Fic of the Week". Recently, a new workshop has been created as a place for NSiders to receive suggestions and analytical reviews from their fellow peers for their Fan Fics.

Power On[edit]

Power On was a place where users could talk about off-topic subjects unrelated to Nintendo. Since its creation in 2003, the board has undergone much transformation in attempts to control spam and other threats.

NSider Chat[edit]

The NSider Chat category provided NSider users with several chat rooms, which are referred to as "Live Forums”. NSider users were able to communicate to one another in real time using a Javascript interface. Each live chat session usually only lasted for three hours, from 3-6 PM Pacific Time on weekdays. The NSider's hierarchy often provided users with special discussion topics or trivia games during each session.

There were three permanent chat rooms:

  • Nintendo HQ, formally the "NOA HQ", is the only chat room that is primarily moderated by Nintendo employees.
  • Ask Andy, a special chat room that is open on the first Wednesday of every month. NOA Andy will allow participants to ask questions or address various issues pertaining to NSider.
  • Trivia HQ, a chat room where NSiders can hold their own unofficial trivia games.

User ranks[edit]

As with various other online communities, the administrators of the NSider Forums have instituted a ranking system for users to advance through as they spend time on NSider. A user's rank is determined by the quantity of a user’s messages, page views, time spent online and other participation factors. As users move up in the ranking system, they will gain specific privileges, such as the ability to post images, edit posts, or display a signature.

List of ranks[edit]

Rank Post number Number of days Page views Game series
Goomba 0 0 0 Mario
Cappy 0 3 Days 300 Kirby
Piranha Plant 67 3 Days 475 Mario
Tektite 92 3 Days 562 Zelda
Octorok 193 7 Days 1,575 Zelda
Snifit 317 10 Days 2,003 Mario
Boo 402 15 Days 3,131 Mario
Moblin 561 18 Days 5,797 Zelda
Bob-omb 680 21 Days 8,787 Mario
Shy Guy 990 25 Days 12,487 Mario
Koopa 1,212 30 Days 14,890 Mario
Paratroopa 1,681 33 Days 18,480 Mario
Chain Chomp 1,953 37 Days 25,049 Mario
Tingle 2,206 40 Days 30,457 Zelda
Kremling 2,601 45 Days 35,479 Donkey Kong
Lakitu 3,100 49 Days 42,015 Mario
Bounty Hunter 3,352 52 Days 45,123 Metroid
Gerudo 3,605 53 days 49,427 Zelda
Ing 4,103 58 Days 53,839 Metroid
Hammer Bro. 4,587 58 Days 56,598 Mario
Noki 5,047 62 Days 64,329 Mario
Pikmin 5,678 69 Days 72,490 Pikmin
Djinni 6,427 80 Days 80,260 Golden Sun
Yoshi 7,412 83 Days 86,131 Mario
Kong 8,641 102 Days 102,540 Donkey Kong
Pianta 11,257 135 Days 124,604 Mario
Pokémon Trainer 14,034 149 Days 140,355 Pokemon
Warpstar Knight 17,349 167 Days 182,461 Kirby
Fox Brigade 21,415 180 Days 224,775 Star Fox
Killer Bees 23,467 194 Days 316,906 Zelda
F-Zero Pilot 26,434 207 Days 360,243 F-Zero
Smash Master 30,589 227 Days 410,279 Super Smash Bros.
Metroid 33,732 238 Days 451,627 Metroid
Hero of the Winds 35,113 263 Days 525,145 Zelda
Plumber 37,213 336 Days 610,434 Mario

Lithium Technologies Administrator[edit]

  • Lithium Technologies has provided the NSider Forums with specific employees committed to supervise and maintain the forums.
  • Basic tasks for a Lithium Administrator include dealing with technical issues, mending security exploits, and manipulating various settings.

Administration and Moderation[edit]

  • Message boards were controlled and moderated by Nintendo employees (called NOAs) and volunteer users (called Knights of Hyrule).
  • Lead by NOA_Andy, Administrators and Moderators were responsible for the upkeep of the bulletin board system and the "Live Forums" chatrooms. Also, they ensure that all content on the forums is consistent with the rules and regulations.


  • Users who have distinguished themselves as productive and noble members of the NSider Community were eligible to gain a special status that is accompanied by many benefits.
  • Sages were able to post on two exclusive boards and receive promotional items from Nintendo of America. They were also allowed to display ninety pixel signatures, edit/delete their posts, wear one of a few special Sage-Only icons, have their threads floated, and have their screen names accompanied by a Triforce icon. Every Sage is sent a special Triforce pin not available anywhere else and a certificate proving their Sage Status signed by forum administrator, NOA_ANDY.
  • In order to become a Sage, users must be selected by the Nintendo of America (NOA) staff, and prove their worthiness by submitting a three hundred word or less review of any Nintendo game.

Special Ranks[edit]

  • There were a multitude of special ranks that were given to users for achieving excellence in online events.
  • Users can also gain special ranks at whim of an administrator in the spirit of fun to commemorate a holiday or special event.
  • Depending on the rank, a user is granted or in some cases denied specific privileges for a certain amount of time.
  • Examples of special ranks include "Noob", "Pickle Army Supporter", "Duck Patrol", "Mysterious Agent", and an umpteen number of ranks that have been discontinued.


There have been a plethora of contests, both official and unofficial on the NSider Forums. The following section contains a list of the most recognized and distinguished contests on the NSider Forums as well as a brief summary.

Post of the Week Contests[edit]

The Post of the Week Contest is a contest in which selected judicatories decide on the best NSider user video game review. The contest is held once every week with the winner's review appearing on the Community section of the Official Nintendo website for one week.

Fan Art Contest[edit]

Each month, NSider users were given a nominated theme and invited to submit artwork featuring Nintendo characters which may be featured on the NSider Forums or in Nintendo Power Magazine. At the end of the month, a winner is chosen and receives a special forum rank, called the NSider Picasso which is held until the following month's contest.

Friday Trivia[edit]

Friday Trivia was a long term weekly contest held almost every Friday evening in the Nintendo HQ Chatroom. The Nintendo HQ Chatroom is usually renamed "Friday Trivia” or something related for the occasion.

While in the Friday Trivia Chatroom, NSiders were challenged to best their peers by being first to answer trivia questions correctly. Correct answers gives users options to mute or un-mute other users. After several rounds, a winner is chosen based on their performance. Originally, winners were given the privilege to stay on the live chat for an extra few minutes before it closed, but more recently winners have been rewarded with material prizes, such as random items from the Nintendo of America Headquarters, and a special forum rank called Trivia Assassin. The runner-up in the contest is awarded with a lesser special rank, called Trivia Underachiever, as well as an infamous pink screen-name font. On other occasions, winners of Friday Night Trivia an be awarded with other ranks, the most common being Tye-Dye Ninja.

As of March 2006, users can join the contest between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. PST, at which point no further users can join and the trivia contest starts. The game usually ends around 6:00 p.m. and winners were announced in the Trivia thread located on the Bulletin board.

Retired boards[edit]

These are boards that were retired prior to the forum's closure:

  • Clubhouse Games- Clubhouse Games board
  • Star Fox Command- Star Fox Command Board
  • Nintendo Kennel Club- The well loved Nintendogs board
  • Lost Magic - An online game for the DS
  • Nintendo Fusion Tour - Nintendo Fusion Tour Board for 2006
  • Tetris DS - Tetris DS board
  • Tony Hawk's American Sk8land - Tony Hawk's American Sk8land board
  • Epic Center - RPG board.
  • News from the Show! - E3 Board
  • Resident Evil - Resident Evil Board
  • Start Mayhem - Gameboy Advance SP
  • Pikmin 2 - Pikmin 2 board
  • The Crossing Guardian - Animal Crossing Board
  • Nintendo Fusion Tour - Nintendo Fusion Tour Board
  • Thirsty Jimmy - WarioWare Board 1
  • Pick It! - WarioWare Board 2
  • Jump in the Hole - WarioWare Board 3
  • Goalie - WarioWare Board 4
  • Don't Sink - WarioWare Board 5
  • Avoid It! - WarioWare Board 6
  • Xevious - Classic NES Series 1
  • Super Mario Bros. - Classic NES Series 2
  • Pac-Man - Classic NES Series 3
  • The Legend of Zelda - Classic NES Series 4
  • Ice Climber - Classic NES Series 5
  • Excitebike - Classic NES Series 6
  • Donkey Kong - Classic NES Series 7
  • Bomberman - Classic NES Series 8
  • General Pokemon Discussion - Pokemon
  • Pokemon Gameplay Help - Pokemon
  • Legend of Zelda General Discussion - Zelda
  • Legend of Zelda Gameplay Help - Zelda
  • General Gamecube Discussion - Gamecube
  • Gamecube Gameplay Help - Gamecube
  • General Gameboy Advance Discussion - GBA
  • Gameboy Advance Gameplay Help - GBA
  • Virtual Boy - Virtual Boy
  • Nintendo 64 - Nintendo 64
  • Super NES - Super NES
  • NES - NES
  • General Metroid Discussion - Metroid
  • Metroid Gameplay Help - Metroid
  • Classified Information - Cheats
  • Arena - Challenges
  • Power On (RP) - Interactive Stories
  • News - New Nintendo news.


The NSider Forums participants have criticized the forums for a couple of reasons:

  • The lack of adequate coverage by official Nintendo moderators to control inappropriate content
  • The user ranking system, which many deemed to be a possible cause of elitism
  • The Lithium and Administration staff are slow at responding to technical issues
  • The lack of user created personal avatars for regular and sage-ranked NSider users
  • The strict signature limitations for regular NSiders

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