Nintendo Power March 2010 Contributions

The March 2010 issue of Nintendo Power is in, and I have two articles in the Community section that turned out rather nicely. The first is a full-page feature on Dave Sterling, who crafted a close-to-scale NES console, two controllers, a Tetris cartridge, and a small TV all out of LEGO blocks. His work with little plastic blocks is quite impressive. The second is on Deadcraft‘s freakin’ adorable little Nintendo hero amigurumi dolls. So cute. Coming up next, I have two reviews and two more hefty community pieces running in the April 2010 issue that should be out next month. Cheers!

Nintendo Power Feb. 2010 Issue Contributions

Holy bork! The Feb. 2010 issue of Nintendo Power magazine is now on news stands. You need to read the massive 2010 Year in Preview feature that spans much of the issue 1) because it’s super massive and super kickass and 2) because I penned five of those previews (Dementium II, Again, Span Smasher, Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow, and Line Attack Heroes). This issue also features my review of Bejeweled Twist (DS) and a Community piece on Mindy Yan’s killer Raccoon Mario crochet rug and ? block. Whew. That’s a whole lot of hot sexy word action.

Nintendo Power Jan. 2010 Contributions

Nintendo Power’s 250th issue (Jan. 2010) is packed with some awesome features looking back at great moments in Nintendo’s history. I’m also pumped that I have three Community section contributions featured in this landmark issue. There’s a piece on an impressive Super Mario Bros. 3 push-pin mural created by computer science students at the University of Fraser Valley, a piece on a couple of jazzy dude who will come into your living room and play old NES music in real-time while you play the games (for a price), and a feature on a cool papercraft piece crafted by Philipp Stollenmayer of an invisible Boo that will give you a double-take.  Definitely check out that issue of you’re able to, as it also has some great work by fellow freelance game journo comrade and regular NP contributor Andrew Hayward. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the Feb 2010 issue, as I have a ton of stuff going in as part of the annual Year in Preview feature. Thanks!

Nintendo Power Holiday 2009 Articles

The Holiday 2009 issue of Nintendo Power magazine is now out and includes a handful of pieces I wrote.  Awesome! Not sure how it happened, but two of my Community articles made it in this time. The first is a piece on Papercraft Museum curator Haywan Chiu’s simply outstanding life-sized papercraft Link from Twilight Princess. I was blown away by his meticulous work, and you can check out the inside scoop on how he put it all together in the article. Seriously. Nice job, dude. The second piece is on Matt Laboone’s giant SNES controller. So cool. This issue also includes my first review for the magazine, Bookworm DS, which I’m psyched about. I have many other Community pieces in the pipeline, so stay tuned.

Feature: A Tiny Giant

My second NP piece is now out. I have a full page spread in the Dec. issue’s Community section about amazing NYC LEGO artist Sean Kenney and his ginormous Nintendo LEGO DSi he built for the system’s launch earlier this year. I loved LEGOs growing up, and anyone who reads this is probably already well aware of my gaming obsessions, so the mix of the two is a double whammy of awesome. Sean’s work is incredible. Check out his stuff and the article if you have a moment. Thanks!

PlayStation: The Official Magazine Reviews and more

ptomdec09The Dec. issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine just hit the newsstands (a bit early), and it features three reviews I  recently penned. I tackled Demon’s Souls, Half-Minute Hero, and Obscure: The Aftermath. They’re the first pieces I’ve written for the magazine but certainly not the last, since I have several others already slated for upcoming issues. I typically do a ton of online writing, which I enjoy, but seeing my work in a glossy print mag is indescribably exciting. In other news, interviews and research for the geek music book project are going smoothly. There’s a lot still to tackle, though I’m pleased to be making steady progress. I have some exciting new gigs that are in the process of panning out, and some additional print work on the way, including a review and multiple community pieces for Nintendo Power. It’s been a busy and awesome year so far. Let’s hope it keeps up. Cheers!

Feature: Game Boy Traffic Jams

My first Community feature for Nintendo Power magazine is now out in the Nov. 2009 issue, and I’m pretty psyched about it. It’s a short piece on Supercommuter, the Game Boy hip-hop project formed by former Nintendo alumni Andy Hartpence (of Optimus Rhyme) and Andy Myers (the original NP writer who started the Community section of the mag). If you haven’t heard their new self-titled album yet, you should hop on over here to pick it up or check out a few tunes on their MySpace site here. It’s top notch stuff that you’ll dig if you’re into chiptunes, nerdcore hip-hop, or just awesome music. I have a bunch more work slated to appear in Nintendo Power in the coming months, so stay tuned!

Nintendo Power Pieces

Nintendo Power magazine was staple reading back when I was a kid. I remember getting a free copy of Dragon Warrior on NES and a strategy guide with my first full subscription. Man, that game was awesome. I’ve stuck with the magazine over the years off and on, and I dig the way it has changed over time. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to learn my first official contribution to the magazine is slated to run in the Nov. issue. I’ve hesitated to say much until now, but I’ve recently had several other pieces commissioned for the magazine and expect this will probably continue with some regularity. Keep an eye on the Community section in the coming months.