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SMBHQ is Halting Updates Until Further Notice

Note: This news is partially outdated. See SMBHQ is back!

    As the title says, I've decided to halt updates to SMBHQ until further notice. To answer the flood of questions I'm sure to get over this, here's a handy dandy... SMBHQ shut-down F.A.Q.

    Q.So what's going on?
    A.
SMBHQ will not be updated anymore. That means no new products, no more game info. pages, no new Mario 101, no nothing.

    Q. Will past SMBHQ updates still be up?
    A.
Yes, the whole of the site as it is will remain up for your reference. Hopefully the information and opinions on SMBHQ will remain be valuable to you all, even as it becomes more and more out of date.

    Q. Are you planning on resuming updates any time in the future?
    A.
No, I wasn't planning on it. Maybe sometime in the far future, I'll pick up occasional updates again, but for the forseeable future, this is the end of updates for SMBHQ. If I continue updates again, I'll let everyone know through the mailing list.

    Q. But why, Kyle? Why?!
    A.
Well, this has been a long time coming. Since the site started more than four years ago, my interests and responsibilities have expanded beyond the realm of Super Mario. This year, with my new job at the University of Maryland Diamondback and my heavy class load, I don't feel I can commit the necessary ammount of time to the site that it deserves.

    Q. So why not let someone else take over? Why not Jay?
    A.
I couldn't bear to see anyone else running the site for an extended period of time. This site has been my baby for over four years now, and I've put a lot into it. To see someone else potentially change what's there, or even just build on top of it, would be too much. Besides, sites like The Mushroom Kingdom and Super Mario 128 Central should aptly suit your Mario information needs. Plus, I doubt Jay would want the responsibility of the whole site. =P

    Q. What will happen to the sections you don't run, such as SSS and NC?
    A.
They'll continue to update as long as the people who update them would like to. For SSS and NC this should be a while. However, Dave Adams has decided to halt updates to the Mario Mailbag

    Q. Why not wait until the GameCube is released? What about the new stuff about Mario Sunshine?
    A.
I'm sorry that I won't be formally covering the GameCube launch and lifespan on this site, but if I continue to update through the launch, then I will have to continue to update up through Mario Sunshine's release, and then the next big Mario game's release, ad infinitum. I have to stop at some point, and this is it. Rest assured, I will still be buying a GameCube and every Mario game can as soon as I can.

    Q. Will you still be taking submitions to Mario Memories, Game Reviews, etc.?
    A.
Unfortunately, no. Those sections take a great deal of time to format, edit, and upload, time I am not willing to spend. This also means the planned re-opening of the Fan Fiction section won't be happening anytime soon.

    Q. Can you answer my Mario questions? Can you help me with (insert random Mario game here)?
    A.
I encourage you to look in the Mario Mailbag, Mario Who? and Guides sections before mailing me, to see if your question has already been asked and answered on the site. If it hasn't, feel free to e-mail me at kyleorl@wam.umd.edu. I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible.

That's all from me campers. It's been a wild ride, and I'd like to thank you all for joining in it with me. Have a good life. Peace!

R.I.P. SMBHQ. 8/1/97-7/2/01

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