TVG Interview: Pat Contri (the NES Punk)

When I first saw our newest interviewee, it was in an interview done by one of our former interviewees, Gamester81. To be totally honest I was unaware of Pat the NES Punk at the time he did the interview with John, but I’ve since managed to watch and enjoy all of Pat’s video reviews. Pat’s reviews are a mix of vintage gaming knowledge, humor, and some very interesting adventures, creating a fun, NES loving character known as Pat the NES Punk.

Q: Do you mind telling us what you do for your day job?
A: It’s too mundane to even discuss. Let’s just pretend and say I’m a Nintendo game counselor.

Q: What are some other hobbies you enjoy, outside of video gaming?
A: There are other hobbies? :p I enjoy writing, reading, creating web content (obviously), exercising, good food, good movies, good times, and using the word “good” as often as I can.

Q: Do you remember the first gaming system you ever owned/played?
A: The first game console that I ever played was probably the Telstar Ranger or the Atari 2600 at my cousin’s.

Q: Being the NES punk, is it safe to say the NES is your favorite gaming system?
A: No, it would be the Odyssey 2.

Q: Do you remember the first video game you ever played?
A: If it was the Telstar Ranger, we’re talking fast and furious pong-type action. If it was an Atari 2600 game, who knows?

Q: What is your favorite game/series and why?
A: It’s very hard to choose favorites. There’s just too many games to pick from! I’ll just choose Civilization, Actraiser, or Baseball Stars and move on.

Q: What is your favorite gaming genre and why?
A: I’m usually a fan of games that mash genres, like action & strategy or sports & rpg, for example. Games that are more difficult to define are generally the ones I gravitate towards since they’re the ones that usually take a unique approach.

Q: Do you have a standout favorite video game character and why?
A: Hmmm, this is a toughie. Bonk? Ninja Gaiden? Rygar?

Q: Does being the NES punk make you feel limited to NES reviews and do you plan to branch out to other systems?
A: I’ve branched out here and there already, and plan on continuing to do so as I feel it’s appropriate.

Q: If you could bring back any classic game for a sequel, what would it be and why?
A: Actraiser. Actraiser. Actraiser. Oh, and definitely Golgo 13. He deserves a modern sequel.

Q: Is there one particular NES game that is your favorite for it’s nostalgia/rarity?
A: I cannot choose a favorite child! However, Spy Hunter usually gives me a strange tingling feeling when I play it.

Q: Are there any Classic games that really frustrate you to no end?
A: Spy Hunter! It has no ending!

Q: What got you started in making video reviews?
A: I have a pretty good knowledge of the NES and mediocre video skills, so I decided to combine them to create pretty mediocre game reviews!

Q: Although you’re not “Angry” nor “Irate” are you inspired by those types of reviewers?
A: Not really. I tend to do my own thing (whether or not it works).

Q: Which do you prefer: Rectangle, Dog bone, Advantage or Max?
A: Max for sports games, and the normal controller for platformers.

Pat the NES Punk’s reviews are all worth watching, but I am very partial to his Flea Market Madness series. I think we share the common thrill of the hunt, getting on your feet and finding the hidden treasures among the modern made “antiques”. Although he isn’t angry, nor irate, his video reviews are always fun to watch! He also does this… whatever this is…

Posted June 6th, 2011

About the author

Samuel Floyd

first fell into video gaming with the Atari 2600…in the mid-90s! Always late into the system wars, Samuel enjoys that as he acquires them when they’re cheap and the hot titles of yesteryear are bountiful. Samuel loves RPGs, his favorite being Crystalis for the NES.


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