Nutty New Score Marks Return of Champion Nintendo Player Oh yeah, and this was an April Fools Joke
by Patrick Scott Patterson
Originally published March 30, 2013
(NOTE: This was an April Fools Joke... a little fun at the high score gaming communities. All in fun. Happy April Fools Day :)
A long-time champion of the Nintendo generation has returned to the scene with a nutty new world record score.
Mr. Kelly R. Flewin, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, once made a habit of setting world record scores on a variety of titles for the Nintendo Entertainment System. He recently returned from a long hiatus with a new world record on Nuts and Milk, a Japanese-only release from Hudson. Flewin's new score of 1,095,100 points was done on an original Famicom game console.
"I didn't have many Famicom games," Flewin said. "This was a flea market pick-up. Nuts and Milk is just an obscure gem that is a lot of fun to play."
The opportunity to set the record almost fell through Flewin's hands. Settling down into married life, the one-time Cheetamen II world record contender has been selling off much of his extensive Nintendo collection. Recently, Flewin says he noted a YouTube video showing off a high score on Nuts and Milk, prompting him to take his shot at glory while he still could.
"I knew that before I sold my Famicom, that record should be mine," Flewin added. "I spent a week off and on remastering the game. It's really hard to push it as hard as I did. 1.1 million would also be perfection, but then again, they said that about Donkey Kong and look how far that's risen."
Josh Jones, an adjudicator for record-keeping site RecordSetter, says he is excited to learn of Flewin's new score.
"This is deserving of the highest praise in gaming," Jones said. "The skill required is off the charts. I can't wait for him to officially submit the score so I can see it for myself."
The score has already caused local reaction. News of the new Nuts and Milk record has already seen local news cameras visiting Flewin at his place of business, sparking the attention of The Today Show who hopes this story can boost the sagging NBC ratings.
All told, Flewin says he is grateful for the support he received en route to the new Nuts and Milk world record.
"I can't believe how supportive my wife was, even at 3 a.m." he said. "Her support definitely helped me push on as I did."
With the media attention for the new Nuts and Milk world record still coming his way, Flewin says it might spark him to a full-time return to submitting world record scores.
"Felt good to get back into the gaming saddle after so long," he stated. "No pressure, just going at it for fun. My collection may grow smaller but this fire is going to burn higher. Don't know what will be next. Some of the members of Speed Demos Archive have me itching to speed run something. I know there is going to be some more serious scores to come this year. Count on it."