Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance
The Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance, or NIWA for short, and also known as the NIWA Network, is a network of wikis and their associated websites written in English, that aims to chronicle all things Nintendo, supporting wikis independent of large corporate wiki groups or organisations such as Wikia.
NIWA began as an expansion of the concept of Encyclopaediae Pokémonis, shortly after the administration of Zelda Wiki contacted Archaic, Bulbagarden's head, about a possible affiliation. It was jointly decided, shortly thereafter, that rather than a simple affiliation, an entire network of Nintendo-based wikis could be created, and Super Mario Wiki was shortly asked to join as a founding member.
After a little under a month of planning, NIWA was launched on 14 February 2010, coincidentally the fifth anniversary of the public launch of Bulbapedia. NIWA now boasts having its own forums, hub-site page, Facebook fan page, and a Twitter account.
Some of the smaller Nintendo themed wikis, such as WiKirby aimed to join NIWA. After much staff discussion, it was decided that wikis needed to first create their 200th article on their own, to prove their willingness to work. NIWA publicity would bring many viewers, and possibly new editors, once inducting and fully supporting a fellow Nintendo wiki.
WiKirby, the Kirby-themed wiki became the first wiki inducted into NIWA on 21 May 2010. Metroid Wiki was later inducted, and was followed by Wars Wiki. Lylat Wiki was inducted on 1 October 2010, and Pikipedia and Pikmin Fanon joined a week later. StrategyWiki followed on 15 October 2010. Next was SmashWiki, on 29 October 2010, followed by WikiBound on 4 November 2010. Donkey Kong Wiki joined on 12 November 2010. Golden Sun Universe joined on 30 November 2010. The Nintendo Wiki joined on 10 December 2010. Fire Emblem Wiki joined on 20 April 2011, followed by Starfy Wiki on 28 April 2011. F-Zero Wiki joined on 16 March 2012. Icaruspedia joined on 23 March 2012, Dragon Quest Wiki joined on 30 March 2012. 2013 was a quiet year for NIWA inductees. Hard Drop Tetris Wiki joined on 17 January 2014, and Inkipedia, on 4 July 2015. The most recent wiki to join was ARMS Institute on 22 June 2017.
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The NIWA acronym is derived from the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance. The word 'niwa' is also romanised Japanese for 'garden', and symbolises the natural growth of the community around the wiki communities that make up NIWA. This is fitting, given Nintendo's Japanese origins, with romanisation of Japanese being an important aspect of all wikis making up the network.
Furthermore the member wikis of NIWA are not bound by a single license. Therefore please refer to the individual wikis for their licensing and content duplication policies.
- Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance (German) — the subsequent German-language sub-division
- Network italiano wiki indipendenti Nintendo (NiwiN) — the subsequent Italian-language sub-division
- Square Enix Independent Wiki Alliance (SEIWA)
- Sci-fi Independent Wiki Alliance
- Sony Computer Independent Wiki Alliance (SCIWA)
- Valve Wiki Network (VWN)
- NIWA - About the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance; NIWAnetwork.org; Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance; retrieved 9 July 2021.
- NIWA - Legal; NIWAnetwork.org; Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance; retrieved 9 July 2021.