Nintendude is a smasher from Westchester County, New York who currently resides in Oakland, California. He is currently ranked 12th on the NorCal Melee Power Rankings, 56th on the 2017 64 League Rankings, and 81st on the 2019 MPGR. 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 considered to be one of the best Melee Ice Climbers players in the world, having defeated top players such as Mango, Mew2King, Plup, Axe, and SFAT. He rose to prominence in 2015-2016, achieving a string of top-8s including at Genesis 3, and peaked at 17th on the 2016 SSBMRank. In April 2018, Nintendude announced that he would be switching his focus to Marth and he stopped attending large tournaments as frequently.
Nintendude 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 was considered to be one of, if not the best Mario players in North America between before ultimately dropping the character in 2016. 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 in the Smash community. In addition to being a staff member of Apex from 2010 until 2015, he administered the Smash @ Clarendon tournament series in Arlington, VA, and has served as Tournament Director for Super Smash Con (2015-present), PAX Prime 2015, Royal Flush, Pound 2016, and Pound 2019. He was 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.