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The man, the myth, the legend! I recently had the honor of meeting the man himself, Reggie Fils-Aime, at Nintendo of America headquarters in Redmond, WA for the #ImwithReggie fan Tweet Up event. After driving around the block a few times due to my anxiety, I arrived at the colorful Nintendo of America headquarters and was greeted by the warm and friendly Nintendo staff (also: food!) I had the opportunity to check out a few unreleased games, such as Yoshi’s New Island, Bravely Default, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Although Reggie opted to leave his Master Sword upstairs, he was sporting his highly fashionable Legend of Zelda track jacket and was willing to show it off to me as I salivated over it. If your body is ready, hit the jump to read more!

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As a lifelong fan, being able to play games with Reggie was a surreal and awesome experience, and I was humbled by his genuine desire to spend time with us and get to know us. He also expressed his commitment to connecting with fans in a meaningful way, such as through future Nintendo Direct broadcasts. Although some may disagree, I appreciate that Nintendo takes fans seriously. Not many companies would give that much thought to fan desires, but Reggie takes into account the passion of his fan base, and that’s something I have the utmost respect for. He mentioned that he reads Twitter and Tumblr to see what fans are saying, and what topics are trending. Reggie posed for photos, and afterwards I was able to get my 3DS autographed. As soon as the cupcakes were unveiled, I headed over to feast on a Yoshi cupcake and then squeezed into a final group photo before saying goodbye to some new lifelong friends. Also, if you’re wondering, Reggie is currently playing A Link Between Worlds!

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To top off an already fantastic evening, Nintendo provided a whole cart of Wii U’s for donation to a charitable cause of our choice. You’re the man, Reggie!

What games are you looking forward to in the coming year? Do you enjoy the Nintendo Direct videos? Let us know in the comments!

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Special thanks to: Nintendo of America, Robert Ward, Holly Bowen, Vlad N.