Sunday, 10 December 2017

Have a "Cappy" Christmas! 09/12/17

We got to the venue for 10am, but because we had fewer games and no league, we were set up by 10 past, so the few of us who were early enjoyed a quick catch up, and the new DLC from Zelda: Breath of the Wild was put on the big screen. Looked impressive!



Once the rest started arriving, everyone got settled, and enjoyed some practice for the Rocket League Tournament, as well as some other games, both on Switch and 3DS.




All day, we also had 3 challenges from Super Mario Odyssey. People could try them as many times as they wanted throughout the day, but they could only declare 3 times, and the deadline was 4.30pm. 


Everyone also had the opportunity to grab a free Cappy hat, and a Super Mario Odyssey poster, though we were saving the special Odyssey posters (Two, signed by voice of Mario, Charles Martinet himself) for the winners of the Quiz. The trophies to be awarded to this year's SPGL top 3 were also displayed in their full glory up on the front table! 

Some of the day's prizes.


At 12pm, we kicked off with "Nintendo North Wales' Hardest Quiz!"
People were allowed to compete either as an individual, or as a pair, but if you were a pair, then you'd have to split the prize. The prize was a signed poster (x2) and £20 eShop credit. 





^That one "easy" question until you realise you can't just check your T-shirt! 



It was indeed the hardest quiz. Apart from maybe Question number 27....which Dylan blurted out the answer by accident. Only one person wasn't listening ;) 

The final round was about the actual group - most people didn't realise how old we were (we were 5 years old a couple of weeks ago) and we'd also asked how many venues we'd been in since day one, then realised we'd missed a couple ourselves!! 

After all that, the top scorers bagged the prize- Derwen and Rhys scored 36 out of 54. 
Good effort to everyone though, even the newer members that gave it a go! :)

We had a bit of a break then, so people either went to grab some lunch, stayed and chatted, or played some more games. 

At 2pm, we started the Rocket League Tournament. One oversight from us, was that we let Challonge do the work, and set it up using a Round Robin Format. We didn't think anything of the 7 suggested rounds, until it got to our usual time for prizes at 4.30, and realised we still had 3 more groups to play, and that was before the top cut had happened! 




Sorry to those who had to leave early and miss the prizes/group photo! 

The top cut ended up being just the final 2, playing for the actual prizes.

Kieron and Dale won £15 of Amazon credit each, and James and Steven got themselves £10 of eShop credit each. 

Meanwhile, people were attempting the Odyssey challenges, Bound Bowl was probably the most difficult one, but a few attempted it, with Chris grabbing 1st prize, a cappy lanyard and £10 eShop credit. He also won the Remote Control Car challenge...







but we ended up with a 4-way tie for the Trace Walking, so they finished the event by doing a Koopa Freerun. 



While others were waiting for the Rocket League Tournament to finish, they got out the old novelty 1,2, Switch. It's always a favourite in the "in between" event bits! 




Finally, at nearly 6pm(!) we managed to finish...sorry guys haha, we usually have a track record of finishing on time (unless it's a collaboration) but this time we had no excuse ;)

We managed to get a group photo with whoever was left, and a special couple of photos with the SPGL winners too, Congratulations to those 3 in particular, and of course all the people who won the various prizes too! :D 


John ended up ducking just because he was so tall doing that standing up, his trophy was almost touching the light! 



Thanks to everyone who's supported us in 2017, to our members both local and far away, the NPUK network and of course to our friends at Nintendo UK :D

Looking forward to 2018 and what that will bring! our next event is on Sunday 14th January, and the new year's league will start at our February event. 

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

NNW and BUMPS Collaboration 18/11/17

A few of us got set up- the room this time was a blank canvas, so we set up all the chairs and the tables how we needed them.

People started arriving properly from 11am, getting signed up for whatever they fancied.
The raffle caught a lot of people's eyes this time, what with a Build-a-Bear Squirtle amongst other things!


We were selling the special cans at cost price. As pretty as they looked, there were some weird flavours.... cucumber anyone?!


The final league session kicked off at half past 11, it ended on the Wii U, so first up was Mario Kart 8.
The first race for some reason ended up being ridiculously dramatic, ending up in a lot of noise, Paul thinking he was driving a real car, and then Drn falling off his chair!!




We were originally going to overlap everything, but we only had a small number sign up for the VGC Pokémon Sun/Moon Tournament (the usual favourites were away this time) and a lot more for the TCG (Usually the numbers were the opposite, so we had just 4 for the VGC, but 8 for the TCG...)
We therefore decided to alter the schedule. The TCG had its own slot, so that people didn't have to pop in and out of stuff if they were in multiple things. (Quite a lot of our guys will sign up for anything usually ;) )



TCG was best of 3, and single elimination. The final ended up being Paul vs Drn, and Paul took the final victory, winning a new deck of cards provided by BUMPS
themselves :)



Meanwhile, there was some Rocket League going on, on the main screen. 


All day there was also the usual "Switch" Challenge, which was the "Jumpin' Jazz" game. 
Usual rules of 3 declared attempts, but you could practice as many times as you like. I swear Nick was there for half the day..., a fair few attempted it though, as for some, that crucial/potential 5 point "switch" was needed! Cat won the 5 points though, which meant those fighting at the top of the league table, it didn't make an awful lot of difference in the end! 





During the TCG, people also managed to fit some Overcooked in on the big screen!


Once the TCG was over, we were supposed to have Runbow as Round 2, but we ended up swapping the rounds around when Dylan realised that Runbow wanted to do a system update and we weren't on the internet! Cue one of our members setting up a hotspot, with phone on the window sill to get the best signal!!



Super Mario Odyssey also made an appearance on the other big screen...




Therefore, round 2 ended up being a mini game from Mario Party 10. The pumping balloon one...




For some reason, this group decided to recreate their characters' poses in the picture above this one :P 

Once round 2 was over, we got on with the VGC tournament. 







Everyone got to play everyone, and the final was Dan of BUMPS, vs Derwen. Dan took the victory, earning himself £20 of eShop credit, and Derwen took the £10 credit.

While the VGC tournament went on, the non-Pokémon people were attempting the "Smash" challenge on the 3DS/Wii U. You were allowed to practice on the 3DS, but your 3 scores had to be done on the Wii U. (If you got a 0 score you were allowed another go)
James thought he'd smashed everyone out of the water getting 501.4m, but then Steven got lucky with 543.7... Kieron was the winner though, when he wiped them out with a 632.8m throw! £10 eShop credit was the prize for that!



Once the VGC tournament had finished, we then did the final round of the league, which was Runbow(!)
At this point we had a few newcomers appear, so they watched the end, and we chatted about Mario Kart and Splatoon, and some of our usual members were on the other big screen playing 1,2, Switch.


I looked over and noticed that they (Kieron and Nick) had put "Runway" on.. fair enough...
The next minute there was hysterics, as before we knew it, Nick had torn his jeans in his enthusiasm for the catwalk!!!


Last we heard of the jeans, they were in an Asda Supermarket bin somewhere!!!

We actually finished slightly early, so some members rounded the day off with a bit of Tabletop multiplayer Rocket League. 

James won the league session, being the only one with the max 15 points; but the winners overall have now been decided!

John Edwards wins gold, Nick Phillips takes Silver, and Rhys Roberts takes bronze! Congratulations! 

The raffle and prizes were of course at the end too, so well done to Dan winning the Squirtle Star Prize, and well done to the rest who won something too!

Despite the quiet VGC, the other games were well attended, and we had a good number of attendees throughout the day. Even a thanks to the BUMPS guy who popped in just to buy a can! :P 




Welcome to the newcomers as well, we hope you enjoyed what you saw, and will come back to another event in the future :)

We also took a "merch" picture. So good to see our shirts and hoodies being worn about the place :D 



Our next (and final for 2017) big event is only 3 weeks away. Rocket League tournament, Odyssey challenges, and of course the awarding of the trophies from our year long league! See you there! 













Thursday, 12 October 2017

Super Metroid Madness 07/10/17

We were in the same building, but downstairs this time. The room was much smaller with only one screen, but it was still bigger than our original venue. The only drawback being we had to provide our own projector. (Special thanks to Emma and her friend Chris for sorting this out!)

We got set up with the SNES mini on the big screen, but also featured some freeplay on the new Pokkén Tournament DX for the Switch.



There was also some time for the tabletop version





Once everyone had arrived and signed up, we got started with Round 1 of the penultimate session of the league. Today's session was on the 3DS, so we started off with the expected Mario Kart 7.
The setup was 150cc, random tracks.





Next up was the SNES mini tournament.
There were 4 rounds, where people took it in turns individually to either get the best score or time.
The games were: F-Zero (Mute City), Kirby (Gourmet Race), Super Metroid and Super Mario World (Star World 1)







Round 2 of the league was Tetris. We had groups of 3 or 4, and as the simplest game, it was just about who survived the longest!



The SNES mini finals were in pairs or individuals.
The games were: Street Fighter for the quarter final



Yoshi's Island was used for the semi final - 1 player, and the other 3 weren't allowed to look!






and of course, everyone then expected Super Mario Kart to be the final. John and Rhys battled this out, with Rhys taking the victory on 100cc Mushroom Cup.



The final round of the league was the old favour Luigi's Mansion 2. I'd missed the sound of the boss ghost! And the music in general!
It later transpired that one member's R button wasn't working properly, which was a bit unfortunate as that was the main control needed to suck up all the "w"...! (Don't forget to tell us before you start if your console has any problems or issues, you'll always be welcome to borrow a working console just for the round if needed!)




We finally finished with the awarding of prizes, and of course the draw for the raffle. We'd thrown in some eShop but the star prize was the little "Squishy" Metroid Plush, made by "Metroidhat.com"



and of course, the group picture :)




We're looking forward to paying a visit to Play Expo this weekend, so look out for some of our favourite Tavington Crafts prizes coming to a future event!

We're also looking forward to our Pokémon collaboration event next month with the Bangor University Masters of Pokemon Society, on the 18th November!