As if Nintendo couldn’t get any more awesome and build upon an already outstanding resume, a documentary series dubbed Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story is set to premiere on the streaming platform Crackle on March 1, 2021.
With Video Games: The Movie director Jeremey Snead at the helm and Sean Astin (A.K.A. Bob Newby, A.K.A. Mouth, A.K.A. loyal and lovable Samwise Gamgee) coming on to executive produce and narrate the docuseries, the five-episode series details Nintendo’s captivating history which dates back to the 19th century — September 23, 1889, to be exact — and the groundbreaking developments which lead to the company’s rise to legend status.
The documentary will spotlight accounts by popular entertainment figures including Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Alison Haislip (Attack of the Show!). Also appearing in the series are video game icons such as Nintendo of America’s former president Reggie Fils-Aimé and head of Xbox Phil Spencer. Nintendo of America co-founder Ron Judy, Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, and former Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske will also be featured.
“Producing and directing Playing with Power has been a lifelong ambition of mine as an artist, gamer, and filmmaker,” Snead said in an interview with Deadline. “To see my show not only come to life with such loving care through my team and I’s efforts but to also have the opportunity to partner with such a talented and experienced team like Screen Media and Crackle to release the series to the public has just been a dream come true.”
According to Astin, the recounting of Nintendo’s illustrious saga was developed over the span of four years.
“Little by little, over four years, the series really came together. I think we’ve created a five-episode journey that will open up the world of video games and this legendary company in a way that most people have never seen.”
So mark your calendars, folks. This is a documentary you won’t want to miss.