Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance
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The website as of March 16, 2021.
|Language||English, German, Italian|
|Dates of operation||2010 - present|
|Date opened||February 14, 2010|
|Creator||Archaic, Porplemontage, and Jason|
- 1 History
- 2 The wikis
- 2.1 ARMS Institute
- 2.2 Bulbapedia
- 2.3 Dragon Quest Wiki
- 2.4 Fire Emblem Wiki
- 2.5 F-Zero Wiki
- 2.6 Golden Sun Universe
- 2.7 Hard Drop Wiki
- 2.8 Icaruspedia
- 2.9 Inkipedia
- 2.10 Lylat Wiki
- 2.11 Metroid Wiki
- 2.12 NintendoWiki
- 2.13 Nookipedia
- 2.14 Pikipedia
- 2.15 Pikmin Fanon
- 2.16 SmashWiki
- 2.17 Starfy Wiki
- 2.18 StrategyWiki
- 2.19 Super Mario Wiki
- 2.20 Wars Wiki
- 2.21 WikiBound
- 2.22 WiKirby
- 2.23 Xeno Series Wiki
- 2.24 Zelda Wiki
- 2.25 Former members
- 3 External links
- 4 References
The Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance, commonly abbreviated as NIWA, is a collaboration of a network of independent Nintendo-oriented wikis. The alliance was started in early 2010, and has since grown to contain 24 wikis as of March 13, 2021.
The Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance was started when Zelda Wiki, a wiki covering The Legend of Zelda series, sought affiliation with Bulbapedia, a wiki covering Pokémon, in January 2010. A suggestion was made soon after to create a network of independent Nintendo-oriented wikis. This suggestion was agreed upon and soon after, Super Mario Wiki, a wiki containing information about the Mario series, was contacted to join the network with Zelda Wiki and Bulbapedia. The staff of the three wikis collaborated to create the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance, which was finally launched on February 14, 2010.
The Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance currently includes 24 different wikis.
The ARMS Institute covers ARMS, a fighting game developed for the Nintendo Switch. It was founded on May 1, 2017 on Miraheze and become independent the following month. It joined NIWA on June 22, 2017.
Bulbapedia contains information about Pokémon. It was founded on December 21, 2004, by Liam Pomfret. It includes articles for all species of Pokémon, the various Pokémon games, the Pokémon manga, and more.
Dragon Quest Wiki
Dragon Quest Wiki joined NIWA in late March 2012. The wiki covers the Dragon Quest series and was fairly inactive until late 2009 on Wikia where a new admin joined and a year later, it went independent.
Fire Emblem Wiki
Fire Emblem Wiki contains information about the Fire Emblem series of video games. It was founded by Eliwood (also known as Yusei) on August 26, 2010. The wiki joined the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance on April 20, 2011, which was also the day that Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, the first installment in the Fire Emblem series, was released in Japan.
F-Zero Wiki contains information about the F-Zero series of video games and anime. It was founded at Wikia on November 6, 2007, and was later moved to independent hosting on January 2, 2011. The wiki was publicly launched on July 24, 2011, and finally, on March 16, 2012, F-Zero Wiki joined the NIWA.
Golden Sun Universe
Golden Sun Universe contains information about the Golden Sun series of role-playing fantasy video games. It was founded at Wikia in late 2006, and later moved to become independent and part of NIWA on November 25, 2010.
Hard Drop Wiki
Hard Drop Wiki contains information about the Tetris brand of video games. It was founded in March 2006, until it was moved to the harddrop.com domain in July 2009. Hard Drop Wiki joined NIWA on January 17, 2014.
Icaruspedia contains information about the Kid Icarus series of video games. The wiki became independent on January 8, 2012, and was able to become a part of NIWA on March 23, 2012.
Inkipedia is the ever-growing go-to source for all things Splatoon related. Though founded on Wikia on June 10, 2014, Inkipedia went independent on the 18th of May, 2015, just days before Splatoon's release. Its aim is to cover all aspects of the series, both high and low.
Lylat Wiki (abbreviated "LW") contains information about the Star Fox series of video games. It was founded in early 2010 by Justin Folvarcik. Along with project head Tacopill, Folvarcik made Lylat Wiki independent.
Metroid Wiki (abbreviated "MW") contains information about the Metroid series of video games. It was founded on January 27, 2010, by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc and Zelda Informer, a website with content related to the Zelda series of video games.
NintendoWiki (also referred to as "N-Wiki") contains information about Nintendo itself, including articles regarding games and people who have or do work for Nintendo, amongst other things. It also serves as a hub for every member of NIWA. It was founded on May 12, 2010, by the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance team.
Nookipedia contains information about the Animal Crossing series of video games. It was originally founded in August 2005 on Wikia by Aeryka. At the time, it was known as Animal Crossing City. Animal Crossing City decided to merge shortly after its fifth anniversary with an independent wiki known as Animal Crossing Wiki, due to dissatisfaction with how Wikia was running the wikis that it hosted, including the implementation of a mandatory new skin known as "Oasis". After the merging, the wiki was renamed to Nookipedia.
Pikipedia (also referred to as Pikmin Wiki and abbreviated as "PW") contains information about the Pikmin series of video games. It was founded in December 2005 by Dark Lord Revan at Wikia. In September 2010, Pikipedia became an independent wiki.
Pikmin Fanon (abbreviated "PF") is a wiki for fan stories (also known as fanon) revolving around the Pikmin series of video games. It was founded on November 1, 2008, by Rocky0718 at Wikia, and became independent on September 14, 2010.
SmashWiki contains information about the Smash Bros. series of video games. The wiki was originally two separate wikis; there was SmashWiki, which was founded by Gideon and hosted by Smash World Forums, and there was also Super Smash Bros. Wiki, which was hosted by Wikia and founded by Alexir55. On February 29, 2008, SmashWiki merged with Super Smash Bros. Wiki on Wikia, the result usually referred to as "SmashWikia". Then, on September 28, 2010, SmashWiki became an independent site after many users were not satisfied with the way Wikia was running the site.
Starfy Wiki was founded on May 30, 2009 by BattleFranky202 and focuses on The Legendary Starfy video game series, developed by TOSE for Nintendo. The Wiki will attempt to document all things related to Starfy, from element of storyline, gameplay as well as real-world references.
StrategyWiki contains collaborative video game strategy guides for both Nintendo games and games unrelated to Nintendo. It was founded in December 2005 by Brandon Suit with the desire to improve on existing strategy guides. In December 2008, Scott Jacobi founded Abxy LLC to operate and own StrategyWiki as a community.
Super Mario Wiki
Super Mario Wiki contains information about the Mario series of video games and covers related series and crossovers, including Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario, and Super Smash Bros.. It was founded on August 12, 2005, by Steve Shinn.
Wars Wiki contains information about Nintendo's lesser-known Wars series of video games, which includes Advance Wars, Battalion Wars, Game Boy Wars, and Famicom Wars. It was founded in February 2009 by JoJo and Wars Central.
WikiBound contains information about the Mother/EarthBound series of video games. It was founded in early 2010 by Tacopill.
WiKirby contains information about the Kirby series of video games. It was founded on January 24, 2010, by Josh LeJeune.
Xeno Series Wiki
Xeno Series Wiki contains information about the Xenoblade Chronicles, Xenogears, and Xenosaga series. It was founded on February 4, 2020, and it joined NIWA on March 13, 2021.
Zelda Wiki contains information about the Legend of Zelda series of video games, including news regarding the series. It was founded on April 23, 2005, by Jason Rappaport. On March 8, 2017, Zelda Wiki moved to Gamepedia, who now host the site. Gamepedia itself was acquired by Fandom, owners of the Animal Crossing Wiki (formerly Animal Crossing City), in 2018.
Donkey Kong Wiki
Donkey Kong Wiki contained information about the Donkey Kong series of video games. It was originally founded on Wikia on May 25, 2008, by a user with the username of Wiki443556. The wiki joined the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance on November 12, 2010, after becoming independent. It shut down in 2018 and its content was moved to Super Mario Wiki.
- "Zelda Wiki is joining Gamepedia". Gamepedia Help Wiki.
- Cecilia D'Anastasio (December 13, 2018). "Twitch Sale Of Curse Media Will Combine Two Popular Gaming Wikis". Kotaku. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
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