I recently watched a documentary on Hulu via my Wii U called The King of Chinatown. It was a documentary focused on Justin Wong, famous Street Fighter player, and his crew called Empire Arcadia. Isaiah Triforce Johnson (yes, legal name) is the leader of Empire Arcadia and I recognized him as the guy who camps out for Nintendo systems all the time in New York.
The King of Chinatown shows Justin Wong’s rise to the top with Empire Arcadia, who he eventually leaves for another sponsor. At the same time, you see Triforce trying to bring Empire Arcadia to prominence by having everyone live in an apartment in Brooklyn, constantly training to be the best. The end of the film has Triforce being forced to rebuild and it seems like doom and gloom for him.
That’s not the case, however, as Empire Arcadia is know the most dominate name in competitive gaming. “Mew2King” is one of the most dominate Super Smash Bros. players on the planet and he is a part of the Empire.
After I finished watching the movie, I thought it would be cool to get an interview with Triforce. I hit him up on Twitter and he told me he was at APEX. Our site owner, Menashe, also happened to be there, so the two linked up and we got the following interview. Triforce spoke with us for forty minutes on a variety of topics related to gaming and his views on things. It was a very interesting interview to get to know the past, present, and future of Isaiah Triforce Johnson.
I’ve selected some highlight information for those who don’t have the time to listen to the entire interview. I do urge our readers to listen to the full thing, especially Zelda fans, as his Hyrule Timeline history is a very interesting speech. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our exclusive interview with Empire Arcadia’s leader and Nintendo fan, Isaiah Triforce Johnson.
On why he likes Nintendo:
“Nintendo is the only one that still makes video games right now. Everyone uses technology to create forms of entertainment. Interactive entertainment, at that. And there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s clearly a market for that. Clearly, people want to play those games and entertained in that — immerse themselves in that level. Even me, you’ll catch me playing some of those games ’cause I find — wow, this is actually fun — the experience is great. but when it comes to fundamental gaming … fundamental sound gaming, you can only find that on Nintendo. The new LOZ: A Link Between Worlds, in my opinion, is the best Zelda to date. It beats every console version ever, in my opinion.”
On what it takes to get into Empire Arcadia:
“I personally judge them as a gamer. We don’t have this thing where it’s like, “We need you to go do this tournament and play video games.” We select gamers for our organization. There’s an … innate ability in gamers to be able to preform at the highest level in whatever game they specialize in. When you have someone good at a game and practice is what’s going to make them better. But, as a gamer, I’ve learned over the years that you can pull skills from one game and bring them into another. Fundamental skills that helps you get the win. A lot of people don’t understand that, because a lot of them just play because it’s a way to make money for them, and they just so happen to be good at it. so they play that. But they can’t, they can’t hold the B button running in Mario and press A at the same time. And they literally don’t know how to do that. It’s crazy. And then you say. “Have you ever beaten Super Mario Bros. 1?” and they go, “No.” And I’ll put some of them to the test. Pass the first level. And they will walk and jump early and die to the first Goomba. Those guys don’t get on the team.”
Triforce went on to tell us he waited in line for the Wii U for one month, the Wii for one week, and the 3DS for almost a week.
I have broken up the interview into three videos for ease of listening. The first part documents the origins of his Power Glove wearing, Empire Arcadia, and love of Nintendo. The second part highlights the start of his Zelda love and Hyrule timeline. The third part concludes the Hyrule timeline and finishes out the interview. Enjoy! Be sure to check out Triforce Johnson on Twitter (@EMP_TriForce_GM) and Empire Arcadia. Special thanks to Isaiah Triforce Johnson for taking the time to speak with us!