“… and remember, Nintendo Minute is never a minute!” Nintendo of America’s Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang have shared another post on the official Nintendo Tumblr, answering a frequent question they receive about how their weekly show started.
It was created to let them share their love for Nintendo’s games, topics recorded continuing discussions that they were already having with colleagues. That has inevitably brought them closer to the fan community, with the first episode way back in May 2013 covering their favourite Nintendo 3DS eShop games.
More than 134 episodes later, it has largely helped Nintendo grow their YouTube subscribers to the point that they were awarded a YouTube Play Button.
Kit: After last week’s “friendly debate” over amiibo displays, I think we need to move on to cheerier territory.
Krysta: Yes, I’m still mad at you but I’m willing to put that aside while we write this blog post.
Kit: Today we’re going to cover a question that we get fairly frequently from Nintendo Minute viewers, which is “how the heck did the two of you get started doing this thing anyway?”
Krysta: I sometimes ask myself the same question but I think the number one reason (at least for me) is we started Nintendo Minute because of one thing and one thing only; we love Nintendo games and we wanted to share that with you guys!
Kit: Yes, I feel very lucky that throughout my life I’ve been able to have friends around me who are also into games, and that I can talk to about games, because let’s be honest, it’s what we’re constantly thinking about. At the same time, I know there are people out there who may not be in the same position. You and I have had these sorts of discussions ever since we started at Nintendo, so it felt natural to translate them to video and share with everyone else. It’s also been a fun way to document my journey with facial hair! Please look forward to my Viking beard braid in 2017.
Krysta: We’re incredibly lucky to work at a company that really cultivates this type of environment and really encourages us to share our passion with all of you. And yes, it’s weird to see how different we look through the years. And there’s one more thing I want to bring up. We’re definitely not making these videos because we think we’re, like, game playing geniuses or something. But one thing for me that I’ve always believed in, is that you don’t have to be awesome at games to love them. In fact, I think I really suck at most games but it doesn’t make them any less fun for me to play them.
Kit: Our failed dreams of eSports glory aside, Nintendo Minute has really brought us closer to the Nintendo fan community, whether it’s meeting people at events or reading comments (we read them all!). I love how there’s such a circular relationship.
Krysta: Well now I think you’re scaring them…
Kit: This post is too cordial… I… I… don’t know what to do next.