Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Homage to Bobby “Nintendo Master” Paul

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The Nintendo community is a close community. It’s a community of joy shared online and at events. One of the most affectionate, energetic and hard-working members of the community was Bobby Pauls. The Nintendo Guru.. After a long hospital battle with COVID-19, Bobby Pauls sadly died on Friday, February 26, 2021.

I was fortunate enough to be able to share many great moments with Bobby as part of YouTube and Twitch’s streaming channels and directly at E3 in 2018. I really like Bobby’s memories. Splatoon 2 Stream, his frequent Nintendo news updates, and interviews with the personality of the Nintendo community. He always brought “games”.

Bobby also briefly served as Atooi’s community manager. This was a wonderful experience that allowed us to work very closely together. Unfortunately he had to leave it because his schedule was so busy with his work and channels, but that’s the period I cherish. Every phone call and moment you spent with him was special, as his diligence, passion, and positive enthusiasm did it.

Bobby had the same enthusiasm for his friendship. To pay tribute to Bobby, I contacted some of his close friends in the Nintendo community and posted a message on this post.

Sean Capri, co-host of podcast with friends

Sean

This is very difficult. For the past five years, whenever something terrible happened, I called him Bobby. And we just talk and everything will be better-or at least it will make us feel better. Bobby had a way to simplify things for me. He always knew exactly what to say, and I’m not the only one feeling that way. Everyone who knows him feels this loss as much as I do. We are together thanks to Bobby and support his death.

But to be honest, what a hard worker! I don’t know how he did it. Bobby Pauls guided by an example. He pushed the boundaries of what everyone thought he could do alone, and he never stopped. His relentless competitiveness was perfectly balanced with his tenderness. No one beats Bobby. Still, he always made time for others. He helped and encouraged so many strangers from the internet. Bobby didn’t see them as competitors and didn’t expect anything in return. To be honest, I’ve never seen anything like this.

Bobby Pauls was placed on this planet to share his love for Nintendo. And by doing that, he gathered thousands of people. We laughed together and enjoyed a great time. It’s hard to see right now, but I’m very grateful that he put a lot of effort into creating podcasts, videos, and streaming. It takes the rest of your life to see and consume the complete catalog of his content. I will never forget him and always have great memories of us laughing together and supporting each other.

I was a friend. A really special person who can never be replaced. Peace, Bobby.

Toby Thornton, co-host of podcasts with friends

Toby

I met Bobby through Amiibo’s joint love. I just put up a custom Amiibo for auction. I was selling and Bobby was buying! But it soon blossomed into a Nintendo-fueled bromance. We started a podcast together, and it went from there. As we always talked about, as the friendship grew, so did the community we were in. Bobby was very passionate about Nintendo and was literally a “master of Nintendo.” It was a big title for big characters. I was consistently impressed with his strong work ethic. He had a real passion for growing his YouTube channel and helping others grow his channel. But the most important thing for Bobby was the friendship he made through the game. He would tell me that recording our podcast weekly wasn’t important to him. He just wanted to talk to his friends. He introduced me as his “best friend of the whole country” at the beginning of every podcast. He made me feel special. But I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. As I write this, social media is full of love from everyone Bobby made a difference. More than you can imagine.

Holly Crossing

Holly

Bobby had all the good things in the world wrapped in one person. He was very loyal, protective, compassionate and always shot from the waist. He was a catalyst for many content creators and communities because he was always striving for a sense of unity and close connection. I hope he is looking for us all. I miss him. Good night sweet bobby red. How lucky you are to have something that is very difficult to say goodbye.

Mark Carabin, @the_CaNERDian

mark

Bobby had a greater personality than life, intended for use on YouTube, streaming, or podcasting. He was all the true ambassadors of Nintendo, but more than that, he was a champion of his friends and community. There are countless podcasts, YouTube channels, and streamers that have been impressed and influenced by Bobby’s tender heart and encouragement. He loved to lift others and encourage them to find their voices and was a real friend. Talking to Bobby has always lifted my spirit. Nothing was more interesting than pressing the right bobby button and letting him tell you in the most affectionate way possible. I never laughed as hard as Bobby at the show. I really miss him.

Justin Masson, Nintendo Dad

Justin

I was fortunate enough to meet Bobby Paul almost five years ago through my love for Nintendo and the creation of podcasts. Bobby’s infectious energy, enthusiasm, and personality greater than life have captivated you. Every time I podcast with him, it was like hanging out with a friend you’ve known for decades. I’ve always forgotten the time because it wasn’t about creating content, it was about connecting with friends I hadn’t seen in months. I could always rely on Bobby to drop me a text or DM and ask me how I’m doing. Bobby believed in the community, and that community was a family … you always felt welcomed, accepted, and included. He really cares. Perhaps that’s the part I always remember most about Bobby Paul’s mind. It’s hard for him to understand that he doesn’t have a few keystrokes and a phone call. He will be greatly missed.

Roger DiLuigi III, @RogersBase

Roger

Bobby was a glorious presence in the community. I am very grateful that I have had the opportunity to discuss Nintendo with him many times. He wasn’t afraid to chop up words or ask difficult questions. Whenever I talked to him, I thought I would have a good time. His presence is something I really miss and would definitely get worse without the community.

Peacefully, Bobby.