Sunday, 27 July 2014

StreetPass North Wales does Hyper Japan! 26/07/2014

Dylan had this crazy idea that he would drive down to London for a day trip! We were offered a limited number of free tickets to Hyper Japan, so we could hardly refuse. We asked in the group before we had the tickets who would be interested in attending, and only 3 replied, so that was perfect. A car full!
Unfortunately one member let us down, so we had to find a replacement with only a week to go. Chris is an honorary member of SPNW, but is found more often at StreetPass Manchester.

On the day, we were awake from 3am! We did two pick ups on the way, but in total it took about 6 hours (including stopping for breakfast in McDonalds!)
We got to Hyper Japan at about quarter past 10 after finding some free parking not too far away (thanks to Derrin for the tip!)

Once in the venue, we all made a bee-line for the Nintendo stand. We hovered around the Tomodachi Life area, and listened to the questionable tutorial that a guy was giving some kids on how to play it. We said "hi" to some fellow StreetPass group people from other areas, and then decided which games to have a go on. There was plenty of choice, including: Monster Hunter Ultimate 4, Super Smash Brothers 3DS, Fantasy life and the new TheatRhythm. There was a section of the venue with food, and lots of craft stalls.

Our group split up for a bit, as some wanted to queue for certain games and some wanted to look around the stalls. We always knew we could meet back at the "Nintendo Zone" though!
There was a special offer too - buy Tomodachi Life for half price if you showed your console. Three of our group took advantage of the offer!
There was also a stand where you gave the staff your 3DS SD card and printed out your favourite picture from Tomodachi Life. I picked this one:

Of course throughout the day, we were constantly checking StreetPasses, and it was nice to get some proper ones for Tomodachi Life too, as they are very rare to come by up in North Wales!
There was a giant Pikachu wandering around, as well as a Mario, Luigi and a few other characters.

For the people with dual passes, there was an hour's break in the middle, so our group went upstairs and got a table to sit at to relax a bit. Bumped into another fellow StreetPass guy, so had a quick catch up and compared notes on Tomodachi Life. We got some good overview pictures of the venue from upstairs:

There was a long queue to get back downstairs but we made it just in time for the big Nintendo Quiz!

Teams for the quiz were in sixes, but Derrin and his friend were looking for teammates, and with me it would've been 7, so I bowed out to give everyone else a chance. They called themselves "MiiVision" and were competing against "Team Awesome Yeah", "Koopa Clan" and 2 others.

MiiVision was joint 2nd for a bit, but in the end they came out top, bagging themselves £50 eShop credit EACH! :D They even got a photo with Chandra afterwards!

After the quiz we did our own things and then met back  up by the main stage. Some had a quick bite to eat before we headed back towards the exit, buying some pancakes on the way.

We were all tired, so we left shortly before 6, and set off on our 5 hour drive back home, with the two drop offs on the way, and a final one in Bangor.
We did stop for tea in a services not far out of London because it was getting a bit late, and funnily enough we even got one last StreetPass at the service station!
I would say we all went straight to bed, but some of us still had a bit of a buzz from the hype!

If you attended and want to add your own angle on the day, please use the comments below :)

We're all getting hyped for our "Summer Holiday in North Wales" next Saturday! Don't miss it, it's going to be awesome!

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