Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Pre-PAX Primer: Destructoid interviews The NESkimos

2:52 PM on 08.17.2007 // Dale North

We continue our series of interviews with the biggest and best game music cover bands slated to rock this year's Penny Arcade Expo concert with The NESkimos, a metal Nintendo cover band. Guitarist Dr. Wily took the time to tell us about the band's beginnings, what they've been up to lately, and what we can expect to hear from them at PAX.

The NESkimos were even nice enough to provide an exclusive preview of some of their PAX set. Imagine the entire soundtrack of the classic game Castlevania 2 crammed into one ass-kicking song. Wait, don't imagine -- listen.

Hit the jump to read our interview.


Destructoid: While we know that some of our readers rock plenty of NESkimos music in their playlists, can you tell the rest of them what The NESkimos are about? 

NESkimos: Well, we're ostensibly about doing metal-style covers of songs from Nintendo games, but that's only scratching the surface of our band's essence. We're defined by our irreverence. We don't pander to nerds....we ARE nerds. We are what happens when nerds stop giving a f*ck, and start rocking out.

Destructoid: How did The NESkimos come together to form a videogame band? How long
have you been a band?

NESkimos: When the emulator scene first dropped, I was already looking for a better way to ignore my classes at FSU, and I found it in NESticle. I must have blown an entire semester replaying all my favorite NES games. As a result of which, the music got stuck in my head, just like it did when I was a kid. And I started humming it, again, just like when I was a kid. And, as my final comparison to childhood, upon hearing me humming NES music, almost all of my peers began to hum right along with me; just like when we were all kids. And it occurred to me that people of my age group (born somewhere around the same time as the birth of the '80s) almost all have intimate knowledge of Nintendo in common; and in the time spent playing Nintendo, those little loops of songs are so fundamentally burned into one's brain that it's almost like covert CIA auditory programming or some shit. So I wanted to see what would happen if I got a band together that would play those songs, and rock them out. I had a feeling that the response would be huge.

The first people I went to with the idea were my good friends Ross and Danny. Ross was down immediately, but helpfully pointed out that he didn't know how to play any instruments. I promised I'd show him how to play bass. Danny was not down at first. It took a year or two before he was willing to play drums, thus bringing the craziness to life. In 2001 it began.

We didn't then, nor do we still, take ourselves seriously. So instead of going with something 'cool-sounding,' like 'Video Game Death Robots' or 'Brawl Force 8 Bit Bastards' (see, those were just off the top of my head and they're already cooler than our actual name) we went with 'NESkimos.' It's a nod to NESticle, and it's also stupid, but not too stupid. Just like us.

Destructoid: Can you tell us about the band? How many members are there and what are their roles?

NESkimos: The aforementioned Ross and Danny are no longer with the band. Our current lineup is me (Dr. Wily) and Johntendo on guitar, DB on bass, and Shaun Strong as our live computer operator.

Destructoid: Is video game music the only music for you? Do you "see other people"?

NESkimos: Video game music is far from the only music for us. In fact, just as we have always been more than willing to take liberties with the source material, we are more than willing to throw other material into our live sets that we think the crowd might enjoy. TV themes, nerd-friendly hits, and the like. We have a couple such surprises in store for our PAX show, as well as an original 'nerdcore' song of mine. It's 'nerdcore' that's hardcore music, rather than hip-hop. Unfortunately we can't retro-actively rename hip-hop based 'nerdcore' as 'nerd-hop' to reflect the distinction, so I'll voluntarily dub my stuff as 'nardcore,' embarassing synonyms aside. Anything for the community.

Destructoid: What do you think about how large and successful Penny Arcade has become?

NESkimos: I think it's great. Gabe and Tycho are the Matt Stone and Trey Parker of the web comic world. They're great guys who have a great perspective on their fame; their work with Child's Play alone proves that they're on the 'good' side in any conflicts they may find themselves in (Jack Thompson springs to mind). But they wouldn't be anywhere if not for the simple fact that the Penny Arcade strip is one of the funniest f*cking things on any internet.

Destructoid: How does it feel to be rocking PAX for the third year in a row?

NESkimos: Mind-boggling.

Destructoid: What other acts are you looking forward to hearing at PAX?

NESkimos: Optimus Rhyme. We're Autobeat Allies.

Destructoid: What kind of games are you currently enjoying?

NESkimos: Scrabble, chiefly. When BioShock drops, I'll re-evaluate that.

Destructoid: What is currently in the works for The NESkimos?

NESkimos: We've been working on the PAX show. Everything thing we play at PAX (with 1 or 2 tiny exceptions) is brand-new, fresh, PAX07-only material. We've put a heck of a lot of juice into it; we want to blow the roof off that place. After PAX, it's back to work on our 4th album, 'Explod.'

Destructoid: How can Destructoid's readers find out more about The NESkimos?

NESkimos: NESkimos being a made-up word, Google results are all on-topic. It's pretty much the only good thing about our name. Our website is, and some unique material is on


[Thanks so much to The NESkimos and Dr. Wily for taking the time to talk to us.

Dale North, Former Dtoid EIC
 Follow Blog + disclosure DaleNorth Tips
I am Destructoid's Editor-In-Chief. I love corgis. I make music. more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

Dr Mel avatarDr Mel
I don't think it will happen, but if the NX is turns out to be a VR device, I will be the saddest boy in the milky way.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
There's something so fucking delicious about a toasted Hawaiian roll, smoked ham, Swiss, some spinach and a dollop of mustard. #FatKidPosts
Still in work clothes.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Welp, wrote up a blog for that there bloggers wanted. Its me bitching about Bioshock Infinite! Again! Yay!!!!!!
Sr Churros avatarSr Churros
Just finished watching The Phantom Menace. Yeah, Jar Jar is as bad as people say. Baby Vader is so cute and also kicks some serious ass. One of the best lightsaber battles of the series, if not the best one. It was pretty neat!
Roxas1359 avatarRoxas1359
Can't decide where I should upload my latest project. Either on my YouTube Channel or on Game Anyone. On the one hand YouTube gets more exposure, but Game Anyone is where some of my more popular walkthroughs are. The game is 3D Land if anyone is wondering
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
Thanksgiving dinner for days!
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Anyone know if the Bethesda games on sale on Amazon for a certain amount of time, or through Monday?
TysonOfTime avatarTysonOfTime
In light of the fact that Xenoblade Chronicles X is fast approaching, I suggest we start planning out a Destructoid Squad! NNID is TysonOfTime. From what I've heard, it doesn't appear Squads are region locked (except for Japan), so everyone's welcome!
Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
Typing of the Dead > all other typing games.
Lawman avatarLawman
Listening to this on a Tall Oaks level of RE: Revelations 2's Raid Mode is entrancing, for some reason.
EdgyDude avatarEdgyDude
Need a reason to support Indivisible? Shantae is in it!. Back it or spread the word, every bit of help counts.
KeithTheGeek avatarKeithTheGeek
Sometimes I miss how hilariously janky Brawl was, and I still have a lot of fun playing it. Not sure if I could ever take it seriously as a competitive game, but I want to enter at least one Brawl tournament in the future. You know, if I can find one.
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
I love how on a slow news day I can always turn to Qposts for something else to read and think about. Keep up the mojo fellas!
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
I finally caved in to those sweet deals, got Shantae and The Pirate's Curse, Downwell and Super House of Dead Ninjas :)
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I hope that Prototype runs better on my dad's old laptop than it does on my AMD gaming rig. Some badly coded games run like ass on AMD cards.
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Please spare me from issues in the process of publishing my blog! Especially since I modified CSS to unnecessarily pseudo-crop an image, and make it so some images float next to text, and make it look decent on mobile. I'm a frickin' nerd, love it.
Nathan D avatarNathan D
The night brims with defiled scum, and is permeated by their rotten stench. Just think, now you're all set to hunt and kill to your heart's content! #FashionBorne [img][/img]
MeanderBot avatarMeanderBot
Two more days to get in on the unofficial Christmas Card! [Url][/URL]
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django has got a mystery sale on T Shirts and Tank Tops atm, $5 for each. Only catch is they're random. But I've had some good luck, got a Captain Falcon one before, Zombies ate my Neighbors and a Persona 4 X Earthbound crossover.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -