Nintendude is a smasher from Ithaca, New York who currently resides in San Francisco, California. He is currently ranked 4th on the NorCal Melee Power Rankings, 35th on the 2017 SSBMRank, and 56th on the 2017 64 League Rankings. He was formerly ranked 1st and 15th on the MD/VA/DE Melee and Project M Power Rankings, respectively, and was 25th on the unfinished Smash 64 ELO Rating.
He is currently considered to be one of the best Melee Ice Climbers players in the world, having defeated top players such as Mango, Mew2King, Plup, Axe, Westballz, PewPewU, Hax, KirbyKaze, and Zhu. He is mostly known for his high use of wobbling, along with many creative setups to maximize its use. He is also a notable Fox player and a former Mario main in Smash 64, and has taken sets off high-level players such as Fireblaster, Revan and Stranded in tournament. For this reason, he is considered to be the best Mario player in North America, and even the world. He does play Mr. Game & Watch in Project M, but has not achieved the results of other top Game & Watch players such as MrLz and Dakpo.
Nintendude is also one of the most prominent tournament organizers on the east coast. In addition to being a staff member of Apex from 2010 until 2015, he administered the Smash @ Clarendon tournament series in Arlington, VA, in addition to other large local tournaments such as PrEVO 2015, he was a head organizer for Super Smash Con and PAX Prime 2015, and helped organize Pound 2016. He is a moderator on the /r/smashbros subreddit, where his username is "Elbedhar". Nintendude was picked up by Splyce (then known as FolloweSports.com) along with MacD on August 24th, 2015. On March 3rd, 2018, Splyce announced their departure from Melee, losing Nintendude and MacD in the process.
On April 6th, 2018, Nintendude revealed that around the time between GENESIS 4 and B.E.A.S.T 7, he had realized that competing with Ice Climbers was no longer fun. Following EVO 2017, he made the decision to stop practicing the Ice Climbers and instead put all of his time into Marth. In addition to being busy with life, he cites both of these as the reasons he hasn't been attending many tournaments recently.
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