Sunday, 14 May 2017

Puyo Puyo Kartis Deluxe (SPUK MK8D National Qualifier Event) 06/05/17

We were in a new location this time, Pontio. 

Everyone managed to find their way up to the second floor on time for the event. We even had a few people passing come in to have a look. They were disappointed we weren't doing anything related to Animal Crossing but hopefully they'll come back for the July event.

For once, the event wasn't run by Jen and Dylan as they had a very new member of their family to look after, so once they'd made sure we were all set up, the reins were handed over to Chantelle with Jack, Rhys and Nick helping. The raffle prizes were themed around Mario Kart with a copy of the Switch game and toy race track among the prizes.

It was a busy event, a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe battle competition, a Puyo Puyo Tetris tournament, our usual league session, this time on the Gamecube, and the qualifier for the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe UK competition. For the ‘Switch’ game this time was Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. The challenge was to be Gigant Edge as fast as possible. As ever doing well in this challenge can help bolster a poor result in the league.

We started with the league and Mario Kart Double Dash!! on the Gamecube. The first four to play had random tracks which the other groups then picked the same courses. With people not quite figuring out the turbo  start and the character specific power ups, this version of Mario Kart proved quite chaotic.

We followed this up with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s new battle mode. All five modes featured in the first round and the final. The points scored from Renegade Roundup and Shine Thief proved quite decisive for winning. Jack took the victory here. 

The second round of the league was Donkey Konga. We made sure to test it before starting the league and soon realised there was lag between the Gamecube and the big screen so anyone playing would have to look at the smaller screen by the console or their timing would be off.

The song choice was 99 Red Balloons which we got to hear eight times as it was the two player battle mode. Scoring was close and the final winners were those who managed to get the higher counts on their drum rolls for the end of song bonus.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe returned for the next round but this time it was all about racing. This was North Wales’ qualifier for the UK wide competition with the winner due to enter an online race with 11 other StreetPass groups.

Competition was fierce as ever with two rounds eventually producing a final four of Jack, Will, Darren and Nick. Their final would be held at the end of the event for Jen and Dylan to enjoy when they came back.

For the final league game we had Monkey Fight, a mini game from Super Monkey Ball. The controls were simple, just the control stick and A button, but people soon found the momentum of a monkey in a ball is tricky to contend with. There were a few draws along the way but Jack emerged the winner of this month’s league with Nick gaining ground thanks to coming first in the Kirby Switch round.

Before we got to the Mario Kart final, we had a small Puyo Puyo Tetris tournament. We played the swap mode so people had to play both Puyo Puyo and Tetris, the game switching between the two puzzle games every so often. Kieron won the final winning £20 of eShop credit.

Finally we had the last show down for getting to play in the StreetPass UK competition. It was fiercely battled, but Jack emerged victorious with Will in second and Darren and Nick coming joint third. Good luck to Jack for the final, hopefully he can add another Mario Kart trophy to his collection.

We had our usual group photo at the end, which Jen and Dylan managed to sneak into as if they'd been there the whole time ;)

We have a short break in events for June and we'll be back with an ARMS event at the start of July.


Thanks to John (EuclidianBoxes) for writing this event's report, and credits to Chantelle and Dale for photos.

Also thanks very much to some of out regulars/helpers for taking over the ship while myself (Jen) and Dylan were in and out of hospital, it was very much appreciated, and are proud that you pulled off such an amazing event! :D We welcomed our little one in just on the Thursday (Star Wars baby!), and he finally got to come home from hospital the following Thursday. All are ok, and we'll be back as normal on the 1st July - main tournament ARMS, with usual league session (DS) and a bit of Street Fighter II! Keep an eye out on social media for updates and news!


For those who were interested in the final, it took place on Sunday 14th May at 3pm. Streamed live by ourselves, courtesy of our qualifier Jack. Congratulations to Brighton's Craig for winning overall, (There was a tie breaker between Brighton and South Wales, but this bit wasn't streamed.) 
If you want to see how it went, you can watch it here: