Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story documentary trailer is here

Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story trailer Nintendo documentary Crackle March 1 release date Sean Astin Jeremy Snead

Earlier this month, it came about that a documentary series about the full story of Nintendo would be coming to free streaming service Crackle on March 1 with five episodes. It comes from director/writer Jeremy Snead and executive producer Sean “Yes, the Famous Actor” Astin, and now, the Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story trailer is here.

As we previously reported, the Nintendo documentary interviews actor Wil Wheaton, actor Alison Haislip, Nintendo of America co-founder Ron Judy, Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, former Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske, former Nintendo CEO Reggie Fils-Aimé, and Xbox head Phil Spencer. But there are even more knowledgeable industry figures in the documentary where that came from, such as Digital Eclipse Editorial Director Chris Kohler, Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski, and composer Tommy Tallarico. The tone of the trailer implies that these assorted interviews won’t just devolve into a series of personal anecdotes with little connection to the actual “Nintendo story,” which is great. Regardless, the trailer for Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story looks like a bunch of fun.

Nintendo has been a walled garden for practically all of its existence, often extraordinarily secretive in when it comes to positive internal developments. Our fingers are crossed that Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story will show us a more nuanced side to the company, for better and for worse.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!