As a content creator myself, there is nothing I enjoy more than supporting other content creators and enjoying what they do. Just because smaller creators don’t necessarily have the money, or the time to dedicate to making their craft, doesn’t mean that they don’t create amazing things. Another thing about the people behind these channels, is that you can really get to know the creators since they usually interact with a lot of their audience, whether it’s just reacting to every comment on Twitter, or on their own personal Discord channels. A lot of smaller channels and creators also have a lot of drive and ambition, which really shows in their content, compared to some bigger channels/creators who kinda get into the same routine and their content gets stale (I’m not saying this is the case for everyone, or even a lot of people, but it does happen). So I wanted to showcase some of these creators, because I truly believe that they deserve more attention and exposure, and they are honestly just great people!
The Nintendo Guru
Ah, good old Bobby The Nintendo Guru. There are many YouTubers and writers who dedicate their craft to Nintendo content, but the Nintendo Guru comes at topics like news and rumours with a much more level head. Why is this so important? Because it’s genuine content from someone who isn’t using thing like fake hype, or just fake news in general, to try to get their videos out to as many people as possible. It’s credible, quality content.
Bobby really keeps a consistent pace as well, as he uploads every day with news videos, his podcasts, and funny videos like his Free Flow Fridays. He’s someone who takes criticism very well, as he doesn’t freak out whenever someone gives him some advice, but he’s also willing to change some of his content or even come up with some new ideas whenever he experiences fatigue. Some of his Free Flow Friday videos have literally made me laugh until I cry, and his editing tricks make them a lot more entertaining. It’s nice to see someone who has such a long history with Nintendo, as well as such a personal story (which you can hear about in the Free Flow Fridays), so you’re getting opinions and content from someone who has been with Nintendo from the start.
Perhaps the best part about the Nintendo Guru is the way he interacts with his audience. His philosophy is, no matter what, to interact with anyone who tries to talk to him. He constantly streams on Twitch and it’s always fun and entertaining. He plays a lot of multiplayer games and always encourages his audience/friends to come and play with him. His community is also constantly growing thanks to the fact that he frequently has guests on his Nintendo Talk Live podcast. Seriously, go check this guy out, he’s friendly, funny, and makes good content!
The Weekend Warriors
Oh boy, The Weekend Warriors have a really great dynamic. This is a let’s play channel that likes delve into fighting games, as well as games like Shenmue or Ocarina of Time. There is Greg, who isn’t very knowledgeable about some games, and Brett who is, but doesn’t like to backseat game and only gives very little direction to Greg. For their Ocarina of Time playthrough that they are doing, it’s quite different to have someone who really doesn’t know the game playing it with someone who does, but isn’t being directed on what to do. This lack of direction is a lot like watching yourself play the game again for the first time, it can be frustrating sometimes if you know the game inside out, but I think it’s interesting to watch the thought process of someone who doesn’t know the game well. Brett’s lack of direction for Greg also leaves time for him to make more jokes or other kinds of commentary, which is great.
The YouTube channel also heavily focuses on fighting games like Street Fighter, Soul Calibur, Smash Bros, and some obscure, more retro fighting games. Brett has a ton of knowledge and skills when it comes to fighting games and he is a great teacher. He doesn’t want to just teach people, but he wants them to do it themselves and build up their own skills. Fighting games are also very technical, and probably have the greatest need for skill out of any video game genre, so if you don’t know these games or the genre in general, the need for a good teacher is important and this channel, and Brett Bayonne, are a great place to go.
The Super Smash Bros tournament that they ran was some of the most fun content I have seen on YouTube in my long years. Basically what it was, was that the Weekend Warriors ran a tournament with the rest of the people they work with in the That One Video Gamer office (a figure head for a bunch of smaller channels that are all closely linked), that had the same rules as the Smash Down mode. Whenever a character was used, they could not be used again for the rest of the tournament, so there was a lot of strategy needed by the participants. Brett and Greg did not play, but commentated on the entire tournament, and there were some moments that were so funny, I had to pause the video. It was nice to see all these friends thoroughly enjoy competing against each other and you could tell they all have strong relationships. I hope they plan to do something like it again.
The Save Room
This is more of a personal one for me since I did appear on their show, but the duo of Kevin and Daniel are really great. As you may have guessed, they both have a strong passion for all things Resident Evil, as it usually gets brought up in their show, and since it’s the inspiration for the name of their channel. Kevin also runs this really cool website called The Red Herb that centres around Resident Evil!
They still bring up a lot of other games and interesting topics though, and the conversation really flows well. You can tell these two have been friends for many years, and that they understand what each other’s likes and dislikes are. The conversation flows extremely well and there is nothing else you can ask for when it comes to a podcast.
Even though Fire Emblem is still considered a smaller franchise, it’s quickly becoming more and more popular. This has led to some content creators having a real focus on the game, discussing each game and what made them good or bad, doing playthroughs of the main games and fan made games, as well as talking about the mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes. I think this is all wonderful and it’s great for the community, but out of all these creators, Beyond Polygons and Kevin Johnson (the creator of the channel) really stand out.
If there is one thing about Beyond Polygons and his love for Fire Emblem, it’s that he understand the problems with newer Fire Emblem games and how some mechanics are hurting the image of the franchise, like it being called a “waifu simulator”. This is because in newer Fire Emblem games, you can marry characters and have children and a lot of people seem to care more about that than actual gameplay. He also has a lot of love for the classics like Fire Emblem Rekka No Ken, which ranked pretty high on our list of best Fire Emblem Games. He really understands what makes Fire Emblem such a great series, and what aspects of the game should be brought over to newer Fire Emblem titles. He also really doesn’t care much for the Fire Emblem mobile game, and I think that’s good. Some Fire Emblem channels put a lot of time and energy into talking about Fire Emblem Heroes, and personally I just don’t think a gacha game deserves it. They don’t respect player’s time or money, plus the gameplay itself really is just a shell of what Fire Emblem really is.
If you’re not a fan of Fire Emblem, or just haven’t played it before, Beyond Polygons also has a few other video series’ that are really great! The “What makes X unique” series really boils down what makes a certain game special, besides just the overall fact that it’s a good game. The series not only captures what makes the game fun, but what makes it special within its own franchise and how it stands out. I can’t wait to see his coverage of Fire Emblem Three Houses, and I’ll try his opinion on whether or not it’s a good game (not that I won’t be playing the game on release day, because I will).
Resonant Arc/Resonant Archive
This channels gives exactly what they promise, incredible in depth essays and reviews of games that they love. If you’re a fan of JRPGs like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest or Persona 5, then this is the place for you. Mike & Casen are two guys with a real passion for good writing, which is evident through all of their work. Although not considered an “educational” YouTube channel, if you’re a writer like me then you definitely consider this channel to be educational.
Mike & Casen have had a huge impact on my view of not only writing in games, but just writing in general. It’s clear that these two have a passion for what they play and talk about. It doesn’t matter if they’re talking about pacing in stories, what makes a good villain, how to adapt video game stories, or many of the aspects that go into writing, they’re both incredibly well spoken and good at explaining their thoughts and thought processes. They both seem to share a willingness to have their opinions and ideas challenged and changed, as well as an eagerness to expand their knowledge. My personal favourite was Mike’s video series discussing Final Fantasy 13 and why people love/hate the game.
Another thing I appreciate about these guys is the way they handle their podcast and their community. Whenever they are filming their podcast, they always have their Discord channel up so that fans can comment or reach out to them in case they have any insight about the conversation. The first few minutes are usually dedicated to recent news, they talk for awhile about their main topic, then get into community stories/projects. So if anyone in their Discord channel has work they would like to promote, Mike & Casen talk about it and try to endorse it as much as they can. I’ve found a lot of cool things and some really great writing from their community. I just find it wholesome and a great way for them to give back to the people that support them. But seriously, if you appreciate good writing, RPGs, or book clubs (yes they have a book club), then check out these two channels!
If any of these content creators and channels sound like something you would enjoy, then I wholeheartedly recommend you go and see for yourself! There is thousands of hours worth of content for you to enjoy, and as I’ve said, it’s all really great stuff! If you have any smaller channels that you think deserve attention, don’t be afraid to comment down below or tweet at me (@SilverSt3rling) and I’ll check them out. I’d love to write another article like this one in the future!