Seven years ago, to this very day, our humble little site, Miketendo64 came into being. Yet, while it is true Miketendo64 is a media site dedicated to all things Nintendo, by fans for fans, Miketendo64 is more than just that. At its heart, it’s the story of two brothers. Separated by an age gap of almost five years, it was very easy for two close siblings to end up worlds apart.
Popularity, friends, love interests, expectations and responsibilities, there’s so many reasons why Mike and I grew as far apart as we did, but thanks to the shared love of two things, scuba diving and video games, no matter how far we drifted, Miketendo64 became the teether that pulled us back to one another. Having gone from living in the same apartment to living in two different countries, unable to see each other all that much due to lockdowns, Covid, life, family and work, the distance between us has grown once again, but Miketendo64 keeps us connected.
Born from a passion project and shared love, Miketendo64 means more to us both than either one of us is willing to admit, but at the same time, it is one of the most fantastic excuses ever. We don’t always get the time to talk about what’s going on with each other’s life, but when it comes to interviews, reviews, giveaways, planned content and anything else remotely related to the website, you can guarantee we’ll be calling each other at least once a week to plan things out.
Of course, sometimes, albeit rarely, we even get to reunite. With the Easter Holidays underway in both Spain and the UK, we both had the chance to stand in the same room together, on more than one occasion. Mike made the trip out to the UK and we got to catch up with tons of amazing devs and gamer friends, when we attended W.A.S.D at the Tobacco Dock. Mike got to meet his nephew for the first time ever and we got to celebrate my 30th birthday by seeing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 at my local cinema and stuffed ourselves silly with a home cooked meal.
It felt weird entering my thirties with our father unable to attend, due to his tragic passing in 2018, but having my brother, along with the rest of my family and the woman I love, around me, it made the day all the more bearable. Mike’s back in Spain now, but at least we still have online matches of Rocket League and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that we can still enjoy together.
So yeah, the true story of Miketendo64, it’s a tale of two brothers, a bond once severed but now properly cemented and everyone who has ever contributed, supported, followed or interacted with us and Miketendo64 over the last seven years. You didn’t know it, but you helped to keep our relationship alive and keep it going, so thank you. Every single one of you. You played a part without ever realising it and we are grateful for it.
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My 2 wonderful sons. So proud of you both xxxxx