Sunday, 5 March 2017

SPNW: Breath of the Switch! 04/03/17

We tried a new venue this time - It was upstairs in the Wheldon Building (Bangor University) - Much more space and easier to access, so we certainly hope to use this one again!
It's upstairs though so just be aware of this if this venue is used again.

This event was to celebrate the launch of the latest Nintendo console - the Nintendo Switch. The idea of this console is that it serves as both a home console and a portable. Perfect for events like ours!

We had freeplay for Zelda: Breath of the Wild on all day on the 2nd main screen, with our usual layout of main tournament (1 2 Switch), league (SNES), 3DS challenge and raffle.

The raffle prizes were strictly Zelda themed this time:

Of course most people were eyeing up the Guardian amiibo!

We started at 11am with our usual sign ups. 

A few people got started with some freeplay 1 2 Switch on the main screen, while others got straight into playing tabletop mode with their Switches. (A lot of Super Bomberman R was heard, along with some Breath of the Wild.)

11.30am was Round 1 of SPGL Retro - starting with Super Mario Kart.

Most were so used to playing the more modern versions, they struggled with just keeping on the track, especially in Ghost Valley 2. The other tracks featured were Mario Circuit 2 and Donut Plains 3.

2 players - a straight win got 5-1 points, but a more even match would get 3-2. 

Next was the 1 2 Switch Tournament. We had 5 round Swiss, with top 8 going through to a knockout tournament.

Round 1: 

"Ball Count" - Really show off the HD Rumble of the Joy-Cons, and also needed a lot of concentration according to some of the faces we saw! 

Round 2:

"Telephone" - You had to be the first to answer the phone, BUT only to the correct tone! 
One pair got disqualified by the game as they forgot what the original tone sounded like!
Another pair (featured), Kieron managed to punch the table as he answered.... ouch? 

Round 3: 
People were used to "Quick Draw" and this one was widely seen on previews, however "Fake Draw" put a twist on it, giving you random words like "fork" and "five" to try and fool you!
We think this particular go was a bit harsh though :P

Round 4:

"Treasure Chest" was up next, and all they had to do was unravel the chains the quickest to get the treasure. 

Round 5: 

"Safe Crack" required a bit more precision, and to sense the different vibrations coming from the joy con.

After the Swiss bit was done with, we switched back over to round 2 of the league: Street Fighter II. 
Most people hadn't actually played it before, so Dylan went to the effort of providing two copies of the instructions...

Upon trying to work out the top cut for the finals of the 1 2 Switch Tournament, we had a 3 way tie for 8th position. 
The first tie breaker we chose "Soda Shake", which eliminated Dale.

The second tie breaker was "Gorilla" which eliminated Katie. 

The final 8 faced 3 more rounds, each in pairs.
The Quarter Final was "Wizard", where each person had to attack with their wands, as well as counter attack.

The final 4 then faced a session on "Runway". Nick and Drn were enthusiastic to say the least!

The final was Nick vs Jade on "Air Guitar"

Jade took the victory without question!

1st Prize was a copy of 1 2 Switch, with 2nd prize being £20 of eShop credit. 
Since Jade already owned the game, her and Nick agreed to swap prizes, so everything worked out quite neatly :)

We had a bit of a gap afterwards, so some of the later arrivals (and earlier knockouts) went back to freeplay of 1 2 Switch, and quite a few fancied trying "Runway" after the previous show!

The final Round of the league ensued with Bomberman, It was supposed to be 4 players, but due a technical hitch it ended up being two players. It was still fine, but one pair's game was threatening to take a while when they both kept killing each other simultaneously!

We were ahead of schedule, so we allowed for freeplay back on the main screen, with Super Bomberman R being set up. (6 player, no less!)
We found it was slightly laggy in local play, but 4 player seemed ok when one player (and console) dropped out. 

Due to the set up, and the fact that the console went through the computer screen to access the projector, Dylan was able to join in from his screen too!

We then carried on the prize giving and the raffle.
Well done for Rhys for winning the coveted Guardian amiibo, and to everyone else who won prizes today!

We then finished with our traditional group photo, although everyone wanted to be in it (The non gamers/mothers hadn't returned yet) so we ended up with two group pictures, one taken by Jen and one taken by Chan! 

Thanks to all those who made it over today, welcome to the new faces, and hopefully see you all again soon! (Look out on our social media channels to be kept up to date with future events and news :) )

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