The BEST episodes of Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story season 1

Every episode of Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story season 1, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story season 1!

How did Nintendo go from niche playing card company to global juggernaut of gaming? This series brings together the creators of Video Games: The Movie and Executive Producer Sean Astin to pull back the curtain on the famously secretive company. The electrifying story is presented by an ensemble of Nintendo personnel, celebrity icons and industry veterans, including Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Alison Haislip (Robot Chicken), Reggie Fils-Aimé (Nintendo Direct) and Xbox’s Phil Spencer.

Last Updated: 2/24/2024Network: CrackleStatus: Ended
Forward Motion
15 votes

#1 - Forward Motion

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/1/2021

As PlayStation and Xbox wage war on the industry, Nintendo faces an identity crisis. Do they keep treading water with the diminishing returns of the GameCube? Or is it time for a hard left turn? A revolution is brewing.

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Reset Button
16 votes

#2 - Reset Button

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/1/2021

Plunging stock, natural disaster, a death in the family, and yet another failed console plague Nintendo. Not to mention a seismic industry shift led by Apple. Nintendo faces their most difficult decade since 1889, yet the Donkey Kong Company is never afraid to switch things up.

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A Sleeping Giant
20 votes

#3 - A Sleeping Giant

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/1/2021

Somewhat shaken after a tussle with Sega, Nintendo confidently presses forward into the '90s. The invention of CD technology gives way to new gaming possibilities, but as Nintendo buys into this exciting new paradigm, they inadvertently create their own worst enemy.

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A Trojan Horse
23 votes

#4 - A Trojan Horse

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/1/2021

The once-mighty U.S. gaming industry is reduced to a pile of rubble. But unbeknownst to the world, the “Donkey Kong Company” is quietly developing a machine that could revive gaming in a big way. But can they convince retail giants to buy back into a market they just escaped?

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Play Your Cards Right
28 votes

#5 - Play Your Cards Right

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/1/2021

The birth of Nintendo begins in 19th-century Japan, when a young entrepreneur finds a way to sidestep local gambling laws. His scrappy family business holds fast through war, cultural revolution, and a run-in with Disney to bring the world a certain barrel-hurling ape.

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