The long-awaited Nintendo docuseries is all set to debut March 1st on Crackle. Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story features The Goonies star Sean Astin as the narrator. Astin also serves as an executive producer on the five-episode series, which will air weekly on Crackle. The goal of the series is to tell the entire history of Nintendo with as much detail as possible. Fans have been waiting a long time for news on the docuseries, and now we finally have a release date.
Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story is written and directed by Jeremy Snead. In addition to Sean Astin's narration, the docuseries also features, Wil Wheaton, 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 head of Xbox Phil Spencer. It was just revealed that Microsoft tried to purchase Nintendo when they were developing the Xbox. The iconic video game company allegedly laughed at the idea, so one has to wonder if that story will be included in the series.
Jeremy Snead says, "Producing and directing Playing with Power has been a lifelong ambition of mine as an artist, gamer and filmmaker." Snead has put a lot of work into making the docuseries a reality, which came with its ups and downs. "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." Nintendo is notoriously secretive about their practices, and it is assumed that it took a while to strike a deal to get the docuseries made.
Sean Astin says that setting out to make Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story was "an ambitious goal," but "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." Five episodes should be enough to get into some deep Nintendo knowledge that has yet to be shared publicly. Thankfully, we won't have to wait too much longer to see it.
Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus, calls the Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story series "the perfect blend of fun and fascinating history that our audience really responds to." Crackle is free and on most streaming devices, so Nintendo fans won't have to worry about spending money on a new service to see the entire docuseries. Deadline was the first to announce that Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story will debut on Crackle March 1st. A trailer will likely be released in the coming weeks to raise more awareness.