Kickstarter For Howard Phillips’ Tell-All Book “Gamemaster Classified” Funded

If you were a kid growing up in the ’80s then chances are you played the NES. If you were really into the video game scene you may have even subscribed to Nintendo Fun Club News, later becoming Nintendo Power magazine. It’s here that you would have been introduced to Howard Phillips, Nintendo of America’s Gamemaster and tastemaker. He would get advance copies of Famicom (the Japanese equivalent of the NES) games and evaluate whether or not they’d be a big hit in the United States. He contributed to the Fun Club and Nintendo Power and became the face of Nintendo in the States.

Now, all these years later he’s finally writing a tell-all book with the help of Matthew Taranto. It’s called Gamemaster Classified and it is currently on Kickstarter. The book has been funded with over $59,000 already pledged as of the writing of this article. There are various tiers available for those interested in the book. For $19 you can get the e-Book pdf version, with estimated delivery in February 2022. If you prefer to have the hardcover book then you’ll only need $39 to secure a copy. Higher levels have other special perks, like autographs and other bonuses as well! So choose wisely…

The book promises to contain personal insights about the inner workings of Nintendo of America from 1981 to 1991. Howard Phillips will have personal reviews of over 100 games and plenty of original drawings and comics will also be a part of the entire package. The entire book will be around 150 pages (or more) and you will be able to pledge to the Kickstarter through March 10, 2021.

We know many of our readers are huge fans of classic Nintendo news, magazines, reviews, etc. and this book is shaping up to be something very special from that time period. We’re excited to read it! Check out the Kickstarter page right here!


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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