A five-part documentary series about the history of Nintendo called Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story will premiere on streaming service Crackle on March 1. All five episodes will be available at once, and (the) Sean Astin is both executive producer and the narrator. It will apparently attempt to tell the whole story of the company, starting with Nintendo’s founding in the 19th century. Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story on Crackle will include interviews with 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.
Jeremy Snead wrote and directed this Nintendo documentary, and his previous works include Video Games: The Movie and Unlocked: The World of Games, Revealed. About this new project, he stated, “Producing and directing Playing with Power has been a lifelong ambition of mine as an artist, gamer and filmmaker.” Meanwhile, Sean Astin, his producing partner of gaming-related content for the past nine years, said, “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.”
Nintendo is a notoriously secretive company, and it’s doubtful that any documentary could ever uncover all the skeletons in the company’s closet. It’s likely to be a lot of fun and pretty informative regardless though, and the best part of all — Crackle is free.
We will see if Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story can deliver a comprehensive documentary experience this March on Crackle.