Amiibo Dojo Updates: January 2016

It’s been a crazy month here at the Amiibo Dojo. I got over 15 new amiibo to train and release guides on, and I won my first tournament, among other things. 2016’s off to a great start. However, it’s been a few months since I’ve updated you guys on the behind-the-scenes happenings at the Dojo. In this post, I’m going to explain what’s going on and what guides are coming up next.

The Work Load

I’ve been really busy with the Amiibo Dojo lately. I’ve been trying really hard to make it a great resource for all you amiibo trainers out there. Before we talk about the guides, I need to talk about something that I’ve actually never spoken of before. The work load here.

To say the least, running the Dojo takes a lot outta me. It costs money, but that’s not even important. Maintaining this place costs time, which I can never get back. With that being said, I feel blessed to have gotten the opportunity to open and run a site like this. So many people look at it every day, and it’s enough to keep me going.

Here’s my main concern: guide updates and new guides. Well, maybe that was a bit obvious. But please, stop to consider something for a moment. Aside from the Amiibo Dojo, I’ve got other stuff to attend to. I run a forum that’s been around for half a decade. I draw a comic every week. I have school. I have a job. I need to prepare for college. I need to start driving. My plate’s really full, actually. But back to the guides. Every day, I get requests for new guides, and also emails telling me that links in “old” guides are dead.

Updating Old Guides, and Inaccurate Information

I’m actually more concerned with the articles we’ve already got on the site. There’s a lot of them that need updating, and I’m the only writer here. I’m the only one who “works” here at the Amiibo Dojo. This ties into the work load that I was talking about. Here are all of the guides below that I still need to update before I’m happy with them:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Bowser
  • Yoshi
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Mr. Game & Watch
  • Donkey Kong
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Ganondorf
  • Toon Link
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Pit
  • Ike
  • Robin
  • Kirby
  • King Dedede
  • Meta Knight
  • Little Mac
  • Falco
  • Pikachu
  • Charizard
  • Lucario
  • Jigglypuff
  • Greninja
  • Duck Hunt
  • R.O.B.
  • Captain Falcon
  • Villager
  • Olimar
  • Dr. Mario
  • Dark Pit
  • Lucina
  • Shulk
  • Pac-Man
  • Mega Man
  • Sonic

That’s a lot. Want to know how long each article takes to write? It takes me about 2 hours to fully train an amiibo to level 50, fight it with my other amiibo, and take notes on it. Then it takes me about four straight hours of typing to come up with a guide I’m happy with. Now, as for the guides above – they all need to be updating. For some, it’s because they include information that I no longer agree with – mainly stuff like using aerial attacks and combos. For others, it’s because they don’t have the same format as my newest guides.

Let’s add the 2 hours it takes me to train an amiibo to the 4 hours of writing. That’s 6 hours total.

There’s 37 guides that still need to be updated. 37 times 6 is…222 hours I still need to spend. 222. Do you guys see what I’m talking about? I feel bad, because a lot of people read these old articles, and they aren’t at their best. The information within them is credible, it’s mainly the format that’s really bugging me.

Being Happy with the Guides

Cheezy title aside, being happy with my guides is also something I kinda struggle with. A lot of times, I’ll look at one of my guides and automatically say “I need to rewrite this”. Like my Ness championship guide. I used strategies in that guide to win a tournament. Yet, I look at it, and I say “y’know, this could be better gramatically”. Basically, when I look at one of my articles, I feel like, grammar-wise, it could be structured better. I don’t know how to describe it, really. I hope I’m making sense here.

Releasing New Guides

There’s still a number of guides I have not released yet. Peach, Wario, Diddy Kong, Sheik, Samus, Palutena, Fox, Wii Fit Trainer. Those are the guides I still need to release. But this bring up another new problem. Do I update old guides first or work on new guides?

I hope you guys see what I’m talking about. Now, despite everything I’ve said, I want to reiterate that I’m very glad to be running this website. I know I’ve helped a lot of people, and that gives me the motivation to continue on.

The next two guides are going to be Palutena and an updated Rosalina guide. Expect them this week – Rosalina will come first.

So, that’s pretty much the end of this (poorly-structured) Amiibo Dojo updates post. I just wanted to talk about the work load, and how much it is – why did I do this? I want you guys to understand that it’s not simple writing up a guide. I also wanted to talk about new guides I’m releasing. But there’s one more thing I want to say.

Thank you guys very much for using the Amiibo Dojo. Your continued support has literally been invaluable. This site is one of the biggest parts of my life, and you guys help make it awesome.

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15 thoughts on “Amiibo Dojo Updates: January 2016”

  1. Heya, Cloud. Thank you for taking the time to write up these guides! Amiibo Dojo is my favorite site for Amiibo training and I always look forward to every new guide. I’m especially looking forward to the upcoming guide for Palutena and the updated one for Rosalina. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Honestly, mate, this is the best dang amiibo-related website. Period. And I mean that. It’s better than reddit. Your passion is obvious and the attention to detail within the formatting and the site, in general, is way above par. As well, your dedication is only proven with update posts such as this one. I feel it is appropriate to tell you that your site is amazing – very informative and very polished, and that you’ve helped me and many, many more to understand and enjoy all’s respective growing amiibo collections. Heck, you had a Lucas guide up on release day! All I’m sayin’ is: you’re the best, your site is the best, and please don’t feel pressured by the community to continue this venture as an obligation to anyone else. Like I said, it’s obvious how much you care about what you’re doing – and I, for one (and I’m positive I’m not alone, here), would respect any decision you make regarding your website and, subsequent, free time. So, thank you for doing what you do!

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    1. Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate it. You can be sure that I’ll keep doing amiibo training guides as long as amiibo training remains “in”.

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  3. Are you going to make a guide about 2v2 battles after Dan’s 4th amiibo world tournament? You can probably test out which amiibos work well together in that situation.

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    1. Sorry for the late response, I don’t get notified of new comments via email!

      I’ve thought about doing something like that, but I’m not 18 yet. That raises issues with taxes and such, so if I’m going to do that, I need to wait another year.

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          1. Yeah. The first couple of years it’s really hard to get readers. Heck I’ve been in the game for over 5 years now, and I’m still struggling to get my fan base where I want it to be. I hope it didn’t harm your enthusiasm for creating comics.

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  4. Just a question about what you said about the guides not being at their best, does that mean that when you update them I’ll have to reset my amiibo trained with those guides?

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    1. Sorry for the late response, I don’t get notified of new comments via email!

      No, you won’t have to reset them. In fact, you can just use the new training regimens on your existing Level 50 amiibo and they will turn out just fine.

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  5. Hey Cloud, your site and guides are totally awesome. This is an immense project to have undertaken as one person. A lot of impressive work is here. Thank you for what you do.

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