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Oh, hi there. Didnít see you enter. Anyways, welcome to my humble little blog. For those of you not familiar with who I am, the nameís Brian. Iím 24 years old and hail from Findlay, Ohio. I work at the local newspaper here as a copy editor, putting my four long years of college to actual use. Kind of. I think.

For those of you who might recognize me from elsewhere, I work as Assistant Gaming Editor over at Blogcritics Gaming and as Features Editor over at Tomopop. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it because I get to do a lot of cool shit with a lot of cool people.

I've been gaming since the relatively young age of around 3 and I've played plenty of games, both good and bad. I'm continuously expanding my gaming collection, which has become more of an archive in recent years as I'm focusing on collecting older, less well-known titles. You'd honestly be surprised on what people are missing out on in bargain bins...



Other than gaming, I love anime, manga, sports, movies, TV, and a whole lot more. I also happen to have something of a legendary love for Cammy, to the point that I am the site's unofficial official Cammy fanboy. And yes, I do play as her in Street Fighter and do so quite well, too.

Also, I am Chad Concelmo's B.F.F., my prize for coming in first in The Great Retro Quiz .18 - ActRaiser. Accept no substitutes. Not even Aerox.

Contact Info:

AIM: NihonTiger90
MSN: hurricane317 at hotmail.com
Skype: NihonTiger90
Twitter: brianszabelski
GMail: brianszabelski at gmail.com
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Steam: NihonTiger




Mad props to Ghost for this amazing card!

Great Retro Quiz! Results

Punch-Out! featuring Mike Tyson


Star Fox (winner)
ActRaiser (winner)
Dolphins!!
Metroid
Ninja Gaiden
Street Fighter II
Super Mario Kart


Castlevania
Contra
Donkey Kong Country
Smash Bros.
Zelda II

Nihon's Gallery of Hotness:









(Yes, thatís one of Dtoidís own, Hollie (a.k.a. phoenix-blood). I met her at PAX and she is awesome.)





(Ooooh, I think I found a new favorite :3)

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12:15 PM on 06.05.2012

E3: Lego City battles crime on the Wii U

During the third-party portion of Nintendo's E3 conference, we got a sneak peek at the next LEGO franchise title, the cirme-fighting LEGO City. Being developed by Traveller's Tales, the team behind the awesome LEGO ...

Brian Szabelski

11:47 AM on 06.05.2012

E3: Nintendo reveals a handful of third-party Wii U games

If you were worried about third-party support for the Wii U, it seems that the upcoming Nintendo system is indeed going to have decent support. In addition to Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Nintendo's montage of thir...

Brian Szabelski

11:28 AM on 06.05.2012

E3: Wii U to support two GamePads

[Update: As per the Nintendo of America Twitter, when two GamePads are activated, they'll both run at 30 frames per second, half the default 60 frames per second.][Update 2: Nintendo has posted a video walkthrough of the Game...

Brian Szabelski

1:34 PM on 06.04.2012

Rumor: New 3DS with larger screen to be announced at E3

Ahead of Nintendo's E3 press conference tomorrow, Nikkei is reporting that a new 3DS model will be announced at the event, and it'll have a bigger screen. The report states that the new 3DS model will have a 4.3-inch screen, ...

Brian Szabelski

12:15 PM on 06.04.2012

E3: Forza Horizon confirmed as open-world racing title

Forza Horizon is on its way to Xbox 360 for racing fans later this year, but first, it had to make a stop at E3 for a quick appearance at Microsoft's press conference. Though it was only featured as a trailer filled with lots...

Brian Szabelski

12:08 PM on 06.04.2012

E3: Madden NFL 13 gains Kinect voice controls

Madden fans, prepare yourselves: as revealed at Microsoft's E3 press conference, Madden NFL 13 will be gaining Kinect voice controls that allow you to call plays on the line of scrimmage. Demoed onstage with Hall of Fame quar...

Brian Szabelski

7:00 PM on 04.30.2012

PopCap announce a bunch of merchandise licensing deals

Do you happen to like PopCap's franchises like Plants vs Zombies and have wondered to yourself, "Gee, why can't I find much PopCap merch?" Well, even if you haven't, sister site Tomopop has posted about PopCap's licensed...

Brian Szabelski

5:00 PM on 07.13.2011

Review: NCAA Football 12

Last year, EA Sports decided to take a some risks, change up a few things and make a pretty darn good college football game. Well, apparently, we liked the experimental title enough that they decided to do some...

Brian Szabelski

1:20 PM on 06.07.2011

E3: More details revealed on Kid Icarus: Uprising

Last year, one of Nintendo's surprise announcements was the return of Pit with Kid Icarus: Uprising. Today, we got a few more details about the upcoming 3DS title. The plot revolves around he resurrection of Kid Icarus antago...

Brian Szabelski

12:15 PM on 06.07.2011

E3: Batman: Arkham City coming to Wii U

During Nintendo's Wii U announcement, it was announced that Batman: Arkham City will be coming to Nintendo's new console. We didn't have details or even screens beyond that, but I must say I sure wasn't expecting that as far ...

Brian Szabelski

11:30 AM on 06.07.2011

E3: Two Zelda CDs coming this year

Fans of the great music that often backs the Zelda franchise, you'll probably be extremely happy to know that two new Zelda music CDs are coming this year! First up is the Ocarina of Time soundtrack, which will be made free t...

Brian Szabelski

11:30 PM on 06.06.2011

Play Arts Kai Master Chief up for pre-order

[As seen on Tomopop] Just a few days ago, the first news came out about Square Enix's new line of Halo figures. Today, we got the announcement of Halo 4, and the return of Master Chief, so perhaps it's only appropriate that ...

Brian Szabelski

11:00 PM on 06.06.2011

Sideshow Collectibles' Lara Croft open for pre-order

[As originally posted on Tomopop] Well, by now, you've probably already heard and seen all about the new Tomb Raider game coming out, so perhaps we can interest you in a statue to match? Sideshow Collectibles has a new Lara ...

Brian Szabelski

12:32 PM on 06.06.2011

E3: Disneyland Adventures revealed, coming this holiday

Microsoft and Disney showed off a brand-new title at their E3 press event, Disneyland Adventures, that aims to bring the magic of visiting Disneyland home. They've recreated the park for everyone to explore, allowing you to r...

Brian Szabelski

2:00 PM on 12.06.2010

Review: Poker Night at the Inventory

As a wise man once said, "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em." Okay, that was actually Kenny Rogers’ "The Gambler," but it works in regards to Telltale Games’ newest title, Poker Night at the ...

Brian Szabelski

11:30 PM on 09.27.2010

F1 2010 patch forthcoming, corrupt save issue possibly solved

Well, that was certainly quick: after a meeting this morning at Codemasters HQ, a patch for F1 2010 has been announced to be in the works. Right now, the development team is currently investigating, going through feedback and...

Brian Szabelski

2:00 PM on 09.27.2010

Review: F1 2010

Since 2006, Formula One fans have been left without an officially licensed game. Sure, there have been mods for games like rFactor, and the Williams F1 machine is coming to the extremely expensive to play iRacing.com, bu...

Brian Szabelski

7:30 PM on 09.02.2010

inFAMOUS 2 playable at PAX Prime

As if people heading to PAX Prime didn't have enough to be excited about, Sony and the crew at Sucker Punch have a little something for the crowds in attendance: a playable demo of inFAMOUS 2. Seven kiosks will be set-up at t...

Brian Szabelski

11:00 AM on 07.09.2010

Review: NCAA Football 11

The NCAA Football series has long been considered the little brother of EA Sports’ Madden franchise, not just because it’s often received Madden features the following year. There have always been questions about ...

Brian Szabelski

9:00 PM on 06.17.2010

E3 10: Take a look at this sweet Crackdown 2 gameplay

Crackdown 2 might not have been a focal point of Microsoft's E3 keynote, but it's still on the show floor in playable form. Though the series has shifted developers from Realtime Worlds to Ruffian Games, all the things that ...

Brian Szabelski

7:30 PM on 06.16.2010

E3 10: Next Heavy Rain DLC chapter on hold

While E3's been chock full of great news for just about everyone so far, Heavy Rain fans -- and especially those who liked the "Taxidermist" DLC -- might want to brace themselves a bit. Quantic Dream's Guillaume de ...

Brian Szabelski

5:20 PM on 06.16.2010

E3 10: OnLive to offer first year of service for free

When it was first announced at GDC, Warner Bros.' OnLive service was met with a mixed reaction. Some people seemed to like the idea, while others ... well, let's say they weren't too kind to it. Perhaps trying to win over som...

Brian Szabelski

4:40 PM on 06.16.2010

E3 10: The Last Guardian likely to appear at TGS

Team ICO's The Last Guardian was announced at last year's E3, but it was oddly missing from this year's Sony presentation. However, everyone waiting for news about the game shouldn't fear: Sony has hinted that the game is goi...

Brian Szabelski

1:40 PM on 06.16.2010

E3 10: The Tester gets second season, casting call open

Loved The Tester? Hated it to death? Were totally indifferent to its existence? Well, it doesn't matter what you thought about it, because Sony's green lit a second season of The Tester, set to air this fall on the PlayStatio...

Brian Szabelski

3:20 PM on 06.15.2010

E3 10: New Marvel vs. Capcom 3 gameplay videos appear

It wouldn't be E3 without a few surprises, and one of those happens to be two videos, which went up on YouTube earlier today, showing off gameplay footage from Capcom's upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3: The Fate of Two W...

Brian Szabelski

2:39 PM on 06.15.2010

E3 10: The 3DS gets all cuddly with Nintendogs + Cats

Somewhere in Nintendo's headquarters, as they were planning ahead for the 3DS, they must have been thinking, "Hmmm, how can we possibly makes Nintendogs any better for our new handheld?" Well, the answer was apparently, "Let'...

Brian Szabelski

2:19 PM on 06.15.2010

E3 10: PilotWings Resort announced for 3DS

While we saw a huge list of 3DS games announced at today's Nintendo E3 conference, one we didn't see was PilotWings Resort, the first PilotWings game in 14 years. Taking place at Wuhu Island -- the same setting as Wii Sports ...

Brian Szabelski

2:14 PM on 06.15.2010

E3 10: Paper Mario coming to the 3DS

When I saw the 3DS announcement at this morning's Nintendo E3 conference, the first thing I immediately thought was, "Man, the Paper Mario series would sure work good on the 3DS!" Apparently, Nintendo was thinking the exact s...

Brian Szabelski

7:00 PM on 09.23.2009

The Forgotten: Street Fighter EX

[Editor's note: We're not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware it may not jive with the opinions of Destructoid as a whole, or how our...

Brian Szabelski

10:00 AM on 02.28.2009

Playing With Yourself: Living the dream

[Editor's note: NihonTiger90 talks about how playing as himself in videogames help keep his dreams alive. -- CTZ] Dreams, we all have them. Some are way far out there and some are very realistic. Over time, they can kind o...

Brian Szabelski

12:01 AM on 01.13.2009

Breaking: Sony to post $1.1 billion loss

Talk about big news: News site The Huffington Post is now reporting that Sony will post their first loss since 1985, and it is a big one: $1.1 billion, or over 100 billion yen, for the year 2008. Yes, Sony is a conglomerate,...

Brian Szabelski

2:35 PM on 12.14.2008

A Time to Destroy: The destruction of the world

[Editor's note: NihonTiger90 takes a look at Final Fantasy VI's big twist for his Monthly Musing piece. -- CTZ] The end of the world: it's become something of a cliche now a days, but there was a time when this was almost unh...

Brian Szabelski

10:25 PM on 06.21.2008

The start of the affair: Apple IIe

[Editor's note: NihonTiger90 takes a look at a couple of classic games for the Apple IIe for his Monthly Musing piece. -- CTZ] When I started out thinking about this month’s Monthly Musings, I had only intended to writ...

Brian Szabelski

8:41 PM on 04.30.2008

Gamingís Guilty Pleasures: God mode

[Editor's note: NihonTiger90 takes a look at the games that make us become like Gods for the April Monthly Musings. Damn it, I really want to play SimCity 2000 now. -- CTZ] When I saw this month’s Mon...

Brian Szabelski

3:19 PM on 02.10.2008

Good Idea, Bad Idea: The silent protagonist

[NihonTiger90 takes a look at the silent protagonist in today's contribution to the Monthly Musings. -- CTZ] One of the biggest issues in gaming that has and persists as a major debate is the nature of the silent protag...

Brian Szabelski