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Ender's Game Star Asa Butterfield Cut His Teeth On The Nintendo GameCube

Posted by Damien McFerran

"The HD version of Wind Waker makes me want to get a Wii U"

British actor Asa Butterfield may only be a tender 16 years of age, but he's already got a pretty impressive CV. He starred in the harrowing World War II drama The Boy in the Striped Pajamas back in 2008 before hooking up with legendary director Martin Scorsese for the dream-like Hugo. More recently, Butterfield took the title role in the big-budget Hollywood adaptation of Orson Scott Card's cult science fiction novel Ender's Game, which features a massive battle school floating in space and huge fleets of spaceships commanded via a video game-style interface.

Given the subject matter of Ender's Game, we'd be willing to bet that Butterfield's love of video gaming came in very handy during production. Speaking to EDGE magazine, Butterfield reveals that he's something of an addict, having spent around 800 hours on the PC title Dota 2. However, the young star admits that Nintendo was the company which really ignited his love for the medium:

My brother and I would play Driver and Metal Gear Solid on PS1, but the first console I had myself was a GameCube. I'd play The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Mario Kart: Double Dash for hours. The HD version of Wind Waker is what makes me want to get a Wii U.

Take the plunge and get a Wii U, Asa — you won't regret it!

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Arcamenel said:

He was really good in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. That movie brought me to tears. I refuse to see/read Ender's Game though because Orson Scott Card is a bigot.



Damo said:

@Arcamenel I take it you will also boycott the music of Richard Wagner on account of him hating Jews?

Card's opinions are unfortunate, but that doesn't mean that Ender's Game should be written off. The book is amazing and features none of Card's political views.



Nareva said:

@Arcamenel The book really is excellent. I read it about 15 years ago before I knew anything about Card. Buy it used somewhere if it really bothers you. The movie, sadly, is completely missable.



Goginho said:

I don't know who he is, but starring in a movie with Harrison Ford ..not bad. I guess he could put some of that celebrity/fame status w.e to use and help the Wii U out a bit. But then again, meh. It'll come along anyway



FritzFrapp said:

Mordred was also a GameCube fan besides being the treacherous slayer of Arthur? You learn something new every day....



Williaint said:

Well, Getting a Wii U wouldn't be a bad plan. I know that the Under-18 actors don't see their money directly, but getting a Wii U and Windwaker would definitely not set him back.
The Book was one of the best I've read, recently.... I will watch the movie, but — as with almost every film based on a novel — I'm expecting it to not reach my expectations.



dumedum said:

Card is wonderful. A great person I met personally.
The book is wonderful. A masterpiece.
The film is wonderful. Very well acted and enjoyable.



rjejr said:

The fact that this kid who loved WW and his Gamecube still doesnt have a Wii U kinda makes me wonder why anybody should. I dont care if hes only 16 and his money is in a trust fund, he cant talk his parents into a Wii U purchase? Nintendo defitmly doesNOT want this kid as a spokesperson. Cant even sell a Wii U to their target audience.

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