"Ask a Ninja" dude a former Nintendo consultant?

Our favorite retro loving fanboy Racketboy dug up a nice little speculative story from a 1989 Nintendo Power. See that ninja model posing for a Ninja Gaiden article on your left? He looks a lot like the “Ask a Ninja” vidcaster. So are they one in the same? Well, they have the same freakin’ eyes, nose, and brows, but unless the Ninja has gotten hairier with age (which is possible), check his hands to see a big difference.