Thursday, 12 December 2013

Nintendo UK's Pokemon Winter Event 7/12/13!

Eight members of StreetPass North Wales made it down to this event in London! 
Koryo, Zog and James were representing us in the battle tournament. Two friends were supporting them; a regular member came down for the experience too. Dylan & I were there to represent our StreetPass Group, but unfortunately Rhys couldn't make it due to other commitments.
Dylan & I couldn't feasibly do it all in one day so we made a weekend of it, staying just up the mainline in Milton Keynes.
This was officially the worst weekend to be using the trains!!! Rhyl was flooded so there was a replacement bus service for some of the journey, and then down south were even more delays due to the weather we'd had on the Thursday.)
We met up with the guys from StreetPass Highlands & Moray at Euston on the Saturday morning so we could walk to the venue just off Oxford Street together. 

The event itself was immense! Even though it had been organised in a mere few weeks, it looked very neat, with rows of tables for the competitors, demo stands for other games, a main stage for the final battles, a stall at the back selling Pokemon trading cards, and a long table to the side with Pokemon themed cocktails (later to be pizza too!)

Dylan & I had offered to help, so we were given "nintendo team" shirts! I picked red (mario), and Dylan picked orange (Donkey Kong) and we went to do our "jobs" :)


We met a lot of other StreetPass Founders, so it was a great opportunity to network. 
We cheered on our guys too, and it definitely got tense when we reached the quarter finals!
Unfortunately Koryo and James had been put against each other in Round 1, so we lost one just by default...
Koryo was doing really well, but one hesitation and we lost him in the quarter finals - There was a lot of pressure though, as they decided to put his 3rd match up on the stage, whereas the rest of the round were down on the tables... 

Round 3 (Koryo vs. Seb)

Thanks to Eden from SPEastMidlands for the use of this video.


Zog was on a roll though, he'd beaten Havak (Chris Barton) at the start, and made it all the way through to the semi-finals. It was a really tense match up on the stage, but he just lost out on gaining a place in the final. He ended up in the 3rd place play-off against South Wales' Alex Monks. He got through and so Brandon from Northamptonshire was 1st, Justin from London was 2nd, and Zog from North Wales was 3rd. Congratulations guys! :D

Zog gained 3rd place! :D
64 in all took part, but it was running a bit late, as the coach that Liverpool and Manchester were on got delayed! Things seemed to come together in the end though, and everyone who entered got a fair chance at battling, and some goodies to go with it! 
A nice way to end the major events for 2013, here's to hoping for more exciting opportunities in 2014!  

Links to battle videos:
Zog vs. Havak: E6PW-WWWW-WWW3-YNXV
Zog vs. Chez: QW4G-WWWW-WWW3-YN23
Zog vs. RussianGG (Joe): 85QG-WWWW-WWW3-YN29

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