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Post your fond memories of Nintendo Power! Here's mine

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When I was ten years old, I begged my parents to buy me to Nintendo Power after becoming addicted to the Nintendo Fun Club magazines. I would check the mailbox daily, cover my walls with every issue poster, and write them all kinds of ridiculous letters all the time -- most of which they would kindly respond to.

Inspired by the pluckiness of Howard Phillips, I launched my first video game club. It had a catchy name: "The Totally Top Secret Nintendo Power Nintendo Force". It was just my best friend and I
religiously reading each issue cover to cover, keeping a journal of our best secrets, drawing screenshots (no, really), and trying to beat the high scores published in each issue.

The horrifying proof

My annual subscription came with a giant strategy guide and a "Team Power" membership pin, all of which I still have to this day. Eventually the Internet would be invented and I would launch my second
club, now known as Destructoid. I don't know that I would be doing what I do today if it wasn't for that magazine.

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About Papa Nieroone of us since 9:58 PM on 03.16.2006

I keep Destructoid weird. Also I'm a playable character in Retro City Rampage, look:


(along with the whole 2009 Dtoid Editorial team)

Sometimes I have a villainous mustache



My dog CoCo checks all my work for bugs:



I live in Japan sometimes.



Sometimes I do volunteer stuff between gigs:



My advice to people who want to work in videogames is to just start doing the work, even if you do it incredibly poorly at first, until it just happens.

You want to be a writer?

Write daily. Eventually, you become a writer. Don't overthink it, that's all there is to it.

Live your dream! You only have one ticket, you may as well go for it. When I founded this site in 2006 everybody told me there were already too many gaming websites and it would never happen for me. I ended up selling the site to Enthusiast Gaming and now I help run the biggest gaming convention in Toronto, and continue to work on this site, which reaches millions a month. Basically fuck whatever people think - work hard everyday and don't take no for an answer.


Email me at [email protected]

The most important lesson I learned as an adult is that everybody's faking it at their job - and faking it better than everyone else is who gets the job. Also, be nice.
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