Nintendo of America chief operating officer Doug Bowser (yes, that’s his name) says his favorite video game isn’t even made by Nintendo, which might be on brand, considering the name.
Earlier this year, beloved Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aimé retired. In his place stood Bowser. No, not the villain that continually absconds with Princess Peach to another tower -- Doug Bowser, a man whose name might be the greatest argument for nominative determinism ever.
We gotta say, the name is likely what landed him the job over at Nintendo. Some Nintendo hiring exec thought to themselves that years from now, this Bowser guy will ascend to the head of the company and it will be glorious. And indeed, it was. Nintendo had fun with it at this year’s E3 presentation in a delightful video starring game Bowser and real-life Bowser. The internet went mildly insane at the news, and even Doug himself had some fun with it by posting an image of Mario and Luigi tied up in his new office.
This is the first photo of Doug Bowser when he joined Nintendo— Nibel (@Nibellion) February 21, 2019
We never getting a new Mario game ever again pic.twitter.com/thv6o9opvf
However, before Doug Bowser became the top Nintendo of America executive, he went to school at the University of Utah. He recently did a short interview for the university’s magazine during which he dished on his favorite game, and surprise surprise, it’s NOT a Nintendo title.
"My favorite game of all time is Myst — a deep, immersive, problem-solving game with very little dialogue,” said Bowser. “The graphics just amazed me. I finished the first three editions. My favorite game now is Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch. I’m very close to completing it and collecting all the Moons."
Myst was a classic adventure puzzle franchise from the early ‘90s that was the best-selling PC game of all time until The Sims unseated it in 2002. There have been dozens of ports, remakes, and parody sequels over the years, but by today’s standards, the genre is considered a bit stale. Still, it holds a special place in the hearts of many older gamers, and Bowser is just one of them.
Bowser also said his favorite movie is The Sound Of Music, so maybe he just likes the classics.
Source: University of Utah Magazine