I bought an NES when it first came out in 1985. I was 15 years old. Friend of mine got a hold of a Japanese video game magazine and we saw all these games we wanted to play that were not available in the States. We cold called shops in Japan to find someone who spoke English and would ship them to us. Long story short, we ended up getting lots of games, including a Disk System imported between 1985 - 1989. in 1989 I got a job in the video games business and worked for small US subsidiaries of Japanese game companies and then later to some US based companies. I worked on NES games like Wizardry, Faria, Gun-Nac, Might & Magic, Vice: Project Doom, The Jungle Book. My full games list can be found here: http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,1771/
I spent 21 years total in the video games business. Loved the first ten years, hated the last ten years. By the time I got out of it I wanted nothing to do with video games anymore.
That being said I always had a thing for retro gaming. I collected 80s arcade machines at one point, and always had a ColecoVision and a Vectrex sitting on my desk wherever I worked. I got back into retrogaming a couple of years ago and wanted to go back to where I started in the games biz... Nintendo. I have and always will be a Nintendo fanboy. It's the only current gen system that I own. I love to travel to Japan and get crazy amount of Streetpasses. I even have already pre-ordered the Nintendo Switch.
Been loving getting back into Famicom games again. I don't actually even have an American NES, just a AV Modded Famicom with a Disk System.
That's my story! Looking forward to hanging out on these forums!