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Game Informer Chats With Nintendo World Championships 2015 Winner

Game Informer has published an engrossing interview with John Numbers, who you might know as the winner of the 2015 Nintendo World Championships. John Numbers, whose real name is John Goldberg, discusses the challenges he overcame taking on a number of games including Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8 and Metroid Prime: Federation Force’s Blast Ball mode. John also talks about meeting Shigeru Minamoto, which was a personal highlight for him. He says he was star struck meeting him. Be sure to read all the interview, here.

What was going through your head when you won?

At the end of the final level when I killed Bowser, I actually didn’t expect that to be the end of the level. I thought they were going to throw some bait and switch at me and make me do more levels, especially considering how many tricks there were in the first three levels. When I won, I was really excited. I’m a little introverted, so I don’t do a very good job of physically showing my emotions very well, but I was extremely excited, don’t worry about that. It just didn’t look like I was.

What was it like meeting Shigeru Miyamoto?

When I won, I was like “Oh boy a trophy,” and I was being snarky because I knew I was getting a trophy – they said so on twitter. But it wouldn’t be any fun without some surprises, so here’s a guest: Miyamoto. And oh my gosh, I was star struck when that happened. I was floating there and I shook his hand. I was overjoyed to meet the man. I shook his hand and basically said thank you for all of the games and experience you’ve provided for us over the years. I’ve had a good time gaming with Nintendo. And he said thank you. He more or less understood what I said.

21 comments

  1. SO many youngsters get lucky enough to actually meet Shigeru Miyamoto. But for many old-school gamers like myself, who have loved and respected Miyamoto for SO many years, will never get that chance. Seriously, if I was dying, and it was my dying wish to meet Miyamoto, I still wouldn’t. That’s the way things go for me.

    1. Apparently, he’s 23 and has been playing on Nintendo consoles since the NES; not exactly a “youngster” imo. I wouldn’t say he “got lucky” either, he earned it by winning the championship.

        1. You’re right, generally seen, 23 is young. :p “Youngster” just sounds like, I don’t know, as if he hasn’t been into this whole business for long, kinda has a “negative” connotation to it, imo. But that was just my personal perception, I suppose.

  2. I’ve always been a bit surprised that I was never a game competitor. Especially when I was younger. I was always such a hardcore gamer. But for whatever reasons, I never cared about competing. I only played for fun. I never played as if my life depended on it. So therefore my skills are only good enough to get THROUGH a game. But not to go against others. I suppose that’s partly why I don’t care about playing games online. Because others are TOO good. And it’s no fun playing against people like that.

    I learned that the first time I tried playing Mario Kart 8 online. I felt like everybody was freakin’ cheating. I STILL feel that way. There’s no way everyone can go so FAST right from the start without some sort of secret I don’t know about.

  3. Only part I didn’t enjoy about the Championships were the Splatoon battles. In normal games, your team lets you down all the time. In a live competition, they apparently keep you from meeting legends.

  4. Haha that’s pretty cool. What a great story. I wish there were more stories like this

  5. Cool I guess I will be borrowing his phone so I can look at his daily lifestyle.

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