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Fantendo facts, history, and everything about us.

The short version

Fantendo is a creative-writing site based on making realistic encyclopedic articles for fictional content. While early articles focused on fanmade ideas, Fantendo has grown to focus on original works. The gist is that anyone can create media they conceptualize without needing to actually program or produce it.

The long version

Fantendo is one of Fandom's biggest creative-writing fanon wikis for original ideas for media, including fanon, fan fiction and games, created in April 2007 by the now-inactive Plumber (tbc). Fanon is fiction, so this is a wiki about creating articles about games and stories that you think of, without having to follow through on making them.

Hence the name, Fantendo was originally meant as a Nintendo fanon wiki, but eventually expanded into a general fanon host that allows ideas based on other companies' franchises, as well as completely original content. We highly encourage creativity here, but we do block anonymous users and have several standards in place to allow us to filter out badly-written work.

Fantendo operates under a system of intellectual ownership. Users are only allowed to make major content edits to their own articles and pages on real ("canon") subjects, and usually need permission from another creator to use their characters. You can create a template to mark your work as your own, though this is not required. Alternatively, you can use the {{FreeEdit}} template to open editing to the community! You can also add {{FreeToUse}} to let others use your character without permission.

In addition to creating games, companies, characters, stories, movies, and more, users can discuss almost anything in blogs and the forums, converse with other users on the chat, comment on others' work, and play forum games.

Some questions you may have

Fantendo sounds awesome! I wanna make a Super Smash Bros./Paper Mario/Mario Kart/New Super Mario Bros. game!
Watch out! Jumping in and making one of those games without too many new ideas will make people see your game as unoriginal. Try to do something new and people will love it!

Well then, what should I make?
This is where creativity thrives! Sequels to canon series are perfectly acceptable, of course, but see if you can come up with something that we've never done before. Do a little research on existing pages, and maybe pull a few ideas from them. As has been stated, it's also better to create your own original or unique idea than to jump on a fad bandwagon.

Can I make games or stories not related to Nintendo?
Sure! Fantendo has evolved to accept various other fanbases. Most original games and stories are more recognized in the community, such as our Fantendoverse. Try creating a unique story and see if people like it. If they do, you might be motivated to create more original works! And don't be afraid to express your interests in other franchises that don't belong to Nintendo. Who knows? There might be someone here who shares a few of your interests!

Do I really own what I post here?
You own the copyright to your work, with a few caveats. Like most other wikis on Fandom, our content is under the CC-BY-SA license. The license means that people can only use your work if they credit you, and that if they reuse your content, they must release it under the same CC-BY-SA license. Plus, Fantendo is not very well-known, so it is unlikely that an outsider will come across your content to begin with. For more in-depth information, check the Licensing help page at Community Central.

Do my characters have to be related to a game or story?
An original character is just as valid a starting point as a piece of media for a work on Fantendo.

Wait, can I make a comic on here, too?
Heck yeah! Comics, choose-your-own-adventures, card and board games… We will accept, and in fact, let thrive, any special formats of creativity you may want to make work in!

Cool! Any more handy information?
Look over the other Fantendo Help sections for info on our rules and standards. Also, check out the tutorials section to learn how to do something here you may not have known!

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