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Nintendo Quest Review – Finding Inspiration in NES


It takes an exceptional film to inspire someone. It takes an exceptionally powerful film, however, to evoke action. Nintendo Quest is an exceptionally powerful film. And after watching, I immediately went to my local game shop in search of Nintendo treasure.

I’ve been excited about this film for quite a while now. When I got my Kickstarter reward in the mail earlier today, it felt almost unreal. I restrained myself for as long as I could before I tore open the packaging at a red light 10 minutes from home. Oops.

The documentary follows Jay Bartlett on his quest to purchase all 678 officially licensed NES games in 30 days with no help from the internet. Along the way, director Rob McCallum narrates on the history of Nintendo, interviews gaming legends, and explains the enjoyment of retro gaming today. Scenes transition seamlessly between Jay’s story and Rob’s narration. Much can be said about the quality of Nintendo Quest’s editing. It can easily hold its own against higher profile gaming documentaries such as King of Kong and Video Games The Movie and, in my opinion, surpasses all of them in terms of quality and overall enjoyment.

By the end of the movie, you’ll want to know more about Rob and Jay’s adventure. Luckily, the film was PACKED with extra footage and features. Really. I don’t think I’ve seen this many extra features in any movie I own. I’m still going through some of them as I write this.

A level of connection is made with Jay as we go along on his journey through the ups, downs, and in-betweens. The challenges and triumphs faced throughout create an emotional experience for gamers and non-gamers alike. Nintendo Quest will inspire you to set goals and exceed them. At a certain point, you realize that it isn’t just about a man collecting games. It’s about a man learning about himself as he falls in love with his passion all over again.

Once in a while a film comes around that not only inspires, but evokes action and reignites old flames. And after watching Nintendo Quest, you’ll definitely be ready to set out on an adventure of your own.

You can catch the trailer for Nintendo Quest below. You can also visit their site for information on future screenings!


Johnny grew up sharing NES, Genesis, and Playstation games with his older brother. His first personal system was the Nintendo 64. After regaining most of his old games, he began to expand his collection. Eventually, his mission became to collect anything and everything retro related.