On September 17th, 2007, a mysterious kid who went by the name of Nintendo Boy purchased the domain name "nintendoboy.com", and before you ask, I have no idea how he had access to a credit card to pay online. He set up a site on some other site called Webs.com
and also had a YouTube account, but no one really knew what his intentions were. He posted a really odd webcam video
introducing himself under the alias of "Jeff" as well (no relation to me) and mentions stuff to this day I really don't really understand. Before you know it, he had uploaded his first video, Getting a Wii. He sported an iconic red hoodie with "Nintendo" in white, and danced around in happiness as he found a Wii in the forest. This video was then posted via an embedded video on this site for him to showcase. Who was his audience, I'm not sure. He named his site "The Nintendo Boy Project" although I don't know why he named it that... it sounds all too fancy... he probably just thought a site called "Nintendo Boy" was weird.
Within the next month he released another video, Black Friday. In this episode he wakes up early to buy a game for his Wii but discovers it has gone missing which then ends with a "To Be Continued" right as someone stops him at gunpoint. Now here's where the story gets a little tricky, as this is the part where I become a part in all of this... I actually had to upload the final video myself. You see, Nintendo Boy had promised in his blog that he would have the finale of the trio up before the end of 2007. However the new year hit without a video, and even though I was pretty much the only guy watching his videos, I began to worry about what had happened to him. After some snooping around, I discovered the tape of "Timebomb" and watched in horror at what had happened. This last episode consists of an absurdly long chase scene to get rid of a bomb he finds that leads ultimately nowhere and reveals that a Gamecube stole his game in jealousy of the Wii. Yeah I know, I don't get how that's possible either. But right at the very end, the bomb accidentally goes off and you can definitely tell in the video that Nintendo Boy wasn't expecting that. It was then that I realized why the video wasn't uploaded on time, because Nintendo Boy... well, to put it in the lightest way possible, was done for.
I went ahead and uploaded the video myself on January 1st, 2008 so everyone could see what had happened. Since gaining access to his YouTube account, I realized his home-made videos had actually received a good number of views & comments. I also gained access to the actual site account, as well as his Gmail, Neopets, and Paypal (he had no money). If you're wondering how... I mean, his password was written on a post-it note stuck to the monitor.
Nintendo Boy was nowhere to be found after the bomb explosion in Timebomb, and sadly the worst-case scenario was feared. From the moment I uploaded that video, I felt I had to continue his work. As you can see in these videos, they weren't the best things ever, but you have to start somewhere, right? ;) So that's right... from then, I began to build on what he began...
... and in a weird way, that's how the story of how I, Jeffrey Vega, sort of became the new "Nintendo Boy." It also helped, for consistency purposes, that I looked very much like him... weird, I know.
So yes... that's the story. I started working more on this site that he left behind, as well as planned to make videos. I got some friends to help me with the filming and acting, and put out my first video, Troubleshooting. People who knew me had starting calling me "Nintendo Boy" which I thought it was weird, since, I mean you know, it was just regular ol' me, Jeffrey Vega, picking up and improving the work of the real Nintendo Boy. At that point I didn't bother changing the name of the website because it had already struck a chord with fans, so I just left it as is. That decision, as I have come to realize, was bittersweet... why, you ask? Well mainly the obvious reason was because I wasn't Nintendo Boy... the real Nintendo Boy was caught in the explosion in Timebomb. Also as time went on, each video that I made, in an effort to gain a wider audience, became less and less about Nintendo. So yeah, "The Nintendo Boy Project," in hindsight, isn't the best name. However, it didn't take me long to realize that these videos, the site, all the work that went into this "project"... I coudn't do it alone; I honestly have no idea how Nintendo Boy pulled it off... perhaps he had help from a sibling? I don't know... but what I do know is that I was the captain of a ship that had no crew...
I decided to re-define the meaning of the word "project" with collaborations. It began with the original guys, and it expanded towards more and more people, which not only made it a lot of fun to work with eclectic groups of people, but the videos ended up turning out fantastic because even though I wrote outlines for the plot, everyone input their own ideas and made it that much better! While "The Nintendo Boy Project" might not be the best name for what I do, we are honoring Nintendo Boy and what he started, and what has now become a real project. Not such a terrible name after all, huh?
In the end, everything worked out. Started by a kid in a red hoodie, I continued the site as it evolved into a real project. But as I close the chapter of the past, what I have to tell you now will send chills down your spine... I don't think Nintendo Boy is really dead... I think he's still out there... I think...