A really short Bio of Thor Aackerlund
by El Bozi
Thor Aackerlund won the Nintendo World Championship, a national video gaming tour that toured 30 cities in 1990 in a special three game contest on the Nintendo NES consisting of Super Mario Brothers, Rad Racer and Tetris. Thor took the top score in a match up between the three age group champs, and took home the gold Mario Trophy.
Immediately following the championships, Thor got a chance to attend the Nintendo Media Event and play Nintendo games along with Hollywood celebrities at the time such as Candace Cameron, Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage, Nell Carter and others.
During the early 90’s Thor was a frequent visitor to the Consumer Electronic Shows in Vegas and was invited by many top publishers of games and gaming magazines to preview and comment on unreleased games.
Thor was a child spokesperson for Canadian based Camerica reselling Codemaster’s games in North America. Thor did numerous appearances at department stores as well as doing radio and television interviews. Thor even appeared on Home Shopping channel as a regular guest alongside the likes of Vanna White and Hulk Hogan, promoting video game products.
Getting out of the Gaming scene
By 1993 Thor was burnt out on the gaming scene, and quit gaming all together, it was not until more than 10 years later that he would even own a console. He would occasionally make the scene at lan party kicking back with some Quake or whatever the flavor of the day was. Thor lived life, studied mixed martial arts, trained in some Thai Boxing, with a little bit of wrestling as well.
He had a near death experience after a bike accident and has since a new appreciation on life and feels fortunate to be involved in the gaming community and being the father of his four year old son.
In recent years due to inquiries from fans and original NWC (Nintendo World Championship) Alumni to make some appearances, he decided to return to the gaming scene. He was given a NES and for the first time in all most 20 years fired up NES Tetris for a round. Currently Thor holds a top Tetris score at Twin Galaxies and is listed in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition book.
Thor makes an appearance in the upcoming feature-length documentary tentatively titled Ecstasy of Order.