So guys… big news! After a little over five years at Nintendo and six in the SF Bay Area, I’ve decided it’s time to shake things up a little. I’ll always be grateful for my time at Nintendo, and I am not exaggerating when I say that the people at Nintendo are some of the best people on the planet.
Today I started as a social media manager at Blizzard Entertainment! I’m very excited to work for another great company that I truly love. If I had a time machine and could go back and tell lil game nerd Kate that this is where she’d be in 20 years, she wouldn’t believe you… And then she’d probably talk to you about time travel theories for about 30 minutes. Never said I was a cool kid.
Read on for more about the big move!
Kit and Krysta were nice enough to ask me to join them on Nintendo Minute to play a little Splatoon 2 – specifically Salmon Run mode. It’s an ink-redibly fun addition to the modes of Splatoon!
The question I get asked the most is how I got started in video games or how to get a job at Nintendo. I don’t have a crazy amazing origin story – I applied online. However, I can give you a bit on my background and a few pointers to get you started in the right direction!
I can’t believe that I leave for E3 on Friday! This will be my third E3 with Nintendo, and I am ready for it to start. This year I’ll be in LA even longer than ever staffing the Nintendo World Championships and adding on a few extra days to chill with friends, see The Misfits and hopefully take a trip to Disneyland! You know I’d love to see each and every one of your faces and I will try to say hi to as many people as I can – but it’s made harder by having to work! If you’re looking for me at E3, I will be in the Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 section of the Nintendo booth! (Just like last year.) Feel free to say hi if I don’t look super busy. 🙂
Last night was the Pokémon X and Y launch event at Nintendo World, and boy was it packed full of hundreds of hundreds of Pokémon trainers! The line wrapped around the entire block and then doubled over on itself!
I was so busy working/twerking at E3 that I didn’t get many pictures aside from me and Pikmin.
While in LA, we got to hang with my good friends Kyle and Bobby. Here’s a photo of Stephanie, Kyle and me at my favorite bar in the world, Tiki-Ti. I’m drinking a Blue Hawaiian!
The day after E3, I got to go to Universal Studios, where I met Optimus Prime with my friend Nikki.
Some pervy guy named Milhouse wouldn’t stop checking out my butt while we were there.
And then I made out with Jaws, because I live every week like it’s Shark Week!
I did an interview, but the audio didn’t turn out. The footage was used to create this.
I just got back from PAX East and figured I’d give you guys my perspective! Biggest takeaway is that Boston is FREEEEEEEEZING. Weather gripes aside, the show was definitely a blast – PAX always is – and I had a good time hanging in the Nintendo booth. I got a chance to see some old friends and meet some Twitter friends which was super fun for me.
Since I didn’t have as much free time as most, I actually didn’t get a chance to play many games. As you’ve probably noticed, DuckTales was the darling of the show. To be completely honest, I don’t think I played DuckTales. At first I thought I did, but then I realized I was thinking about Darkwing Duck. Hopefully that’ll make a comeback – it was one of my favorites.
I picked up a few games that I’m super pumped about. I got the third expansion pack for Cards Against Humanity and a copy of Betrayal at House on the Hill. I’d been on the fence about Betrayal, but I saw it on the show floor and decided to go for it. I also got a hot tip that someone had a few copies of Pandemic on Amazon and was able to snag a copy.
Another thing I really enjoyed was picking up all the StreetPasses on my 3DS. I got two new states, leaving me with only three that I still need. CURSE YOU ARKANSAS AND THE DAKOTAS! One night at the hotel, several coworkers and I tried out the multiplayer part of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, which was super fun. Obvi, my favorite mode is Polterpup.
The first night we went out, we wound up meeting Todd and Michelle at a bar called the Lower Depths (they’re regulars, so they have their own engraved mugs behind the bar!). Steph bonded with them over Plants vs Zombies and they became our unofficial tour guides of Boston. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to check out Lower Depths for an awesome beer selection and Drink for amazing cocktails and the best grilled cheese ever.
After the show ended, I was super tired. I grabbed a drink at the hotel bar then went to go to bed for my 5:30 wake up call. Right as I got in bed at about 11, an alarm went off. The hotel had to evacuate because the elevators were smoking. It was SUPER lame. After about an hour and half we were able to take the stairs back up and go to bed. BARF.
GDC’s this week. I won’t be attending any of the learning sessions, but I’m down to party if anyone wants to hang!
Pretty much the first thing people say to me when they find out that I’m a Nintendo employee is, “OMG DREAM JOB.” And it is.
I’m coming up pretty fast on my one year anniversary, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from my first year at Nintendo.
We decided to get in on the Harlem Shake fun with Luigi. Here’s an infographic from Mashable that pegs us at the 4th most widely viewed corporate Harlem Shake. You can watch Luigi shake it after the jump!