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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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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...   more

Review: F1 2010 photo


Review: F1 2010 photo
Review: F1 2010 photo
Review: F1 2010 photo
Review: F1 2010 photo
Review: F1 2010 photo
Review: F1 2010 photo



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...   more

inFAMOUS 2 playable at PAX Prime photo

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 ...   more

Review: NCAA Football 11 photo

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 ...   more

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

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 ...   more

E3 10: Next Heavy Rain DLC chapter on hold photo

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...   more

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

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...   more

E3 10: The Last Guardian likely to appear at TGS photo

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...   more

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

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...   more

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

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'...   more

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

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 ...   more

E3 10: PilotWings Resort announced for 3DS photo

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...   more

E3 10: Paper Mario coming to the 3DS photo


E3 10: Paper Mario coming to the 3DS photo
E3 10: Paper Mario coming to the 3DS photo
E3 10: Paper Mario coming to the 3DS photo
E3 10: Paper Mario coming to the 3DS photo
E3 10: Paper Mario coming to the 3DS photo
E3 10: Paper Mario coming to the 3DS photo



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...   more

The Forgotten: Street Fighter EX photo

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...   more


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,...   more


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...   more