Vyse’s View: Captain Nintendo and the Industry in the Days of the NES

By vysethebold . March 20, 2008 . 12:52pm

Power BladeAs a video game journalist, consumer, and fan, I feel that I have a pretty accurate view of the current state of the industry.  However, like most video game enthusiasts, I have little actual knowledge about what goes on behind the closed doors of my favorite video game companies.  I usually gobble up what info I can from the few friends I have that are developers, but I usually don't have a really good perspective on how decisions are made.


A few weeks ago, I was directed to a retrospective account of an insider from the late eighties/early nineties.  The author was apparently the father of Captain Nintendo (the protoform of the character most of us know as Captain N: The Game Master), one of the original editors of Nintendo Power, and the leader of the localization team for the cult classic NES game Power Blade.


His account of his days in the industry is sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad, but always entertaining.  For some of you, this series of articles may be a bit TLDR, but if you take the time to read it, I bet you’ll love it.  Definitely check it out as there experiences are a rare look into the life of someone who helped shape the industry as it was when many of us were kids.

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  • thaKingRocka

    i read the first 2 chapters. i’m gonna finish it over the next day or two. it really is a fascinating read. thanks for the heads up.

  • EvilAkito

    That’s one of the most interesting pieces of writing I’ve ever read on the internet. Thanks for the link.

  • ttora

    Very good set of articles though the reasons he gives about why the american firm was closed is, I think, humm…weird. The japanese would close the firm because the game the american produced are more successful?! We’re talking about Nintendo, right? The guy did Power Blade, a big hit, and… that’s it. Japanese Nintendo games were far more successful. Is there a bit of bitterness here?

  • Vyse this was a fantastic albeit self righteous insight at Nintendo’s past. Captain Nintendo seems kind of arrogant, but I really admire what he did for the kid in chapter seven. Seriously, thanks for sharing this.

  • vysethebold

    Yeah, this guy seems to feel as though he did a lot for the industry and got very little in the way of economic compensation. I’m sure he deserves more praise than he’s received and he feels bad about it. I can’t say I blame him. His arrogance may be just compensating for his want of recognition. I mean it’s tough when you work for big corporations because they take authorship away from the individual. The same thing happens when you work for pharmaceutical companies all the way to greeting card companies. And it seems like he’s still afraid to put his real name out there and that makes it even tougher. I do like his writing style as sarcasm with a soul is what I love to read, and what I like to write (but hopefully more optimistic). If I find anything else close to this caliber, I will definitely link it.

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