Animal Crossing Event Roundup
Who knew Animal Crossing was so popular?
Just before opening time there were seven of us in Kyoto Lounge, excluding bar staff and including tiny Rebecca (the official SPM baby). We then opened the doors at 11:30 and boom, the crowds descended.
Within twenty minutes there were another fifty people in the room and we were already feeling pretty content with the turn out, but the faces kept on drifting through the door. Sixty. Seventy. Eighty. Within an hour of opening our gates we had more than one hundred people sardined into the venue. I’ll never look at tinned fish in the same light.
“The chances of many more Nintendo fans appearing are surely a million to one” I retroactively pretend I said in vague Wayne-ian reference to make this summary sound smarter.
But still, they came.
105. 110. 115. 120. It’s there that we stopped counting. To our simultaneous delight and horror the lounge was packed to bursting. We’re gonna need a bigger room if all these people threaten to come again…
And these were people of all ages. Groups of mates, gaming families, young, old, top hat, flat cap, the huge range and number of people interested in StreetPassing and playing games together was a wonderful sight to behold…
And perhaps seating was an issue, but the games certainly weren’t. Many were content to chill out on Animal Crossing all day – a looming fishing tournament gave a sense of purpose to the Saturday afternoon wander. Others were more interested in slaying giant beasties with new allies in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, while more still were dabbling in the interesting new plaza games, growing plants and battling huge armies alongside their new passes.
And yes, at least one person got their ‘pass 100 Miis in a day’ accomplishment.
Then alongside the handheld gaming there was some heated Smash Bros. Brawl competition alongside a spot of Nintendo Land on the big screens, and one person navigated to the Wii’s virtual console and stuck on Gunstar Heroes – a grand choice, even if it wasn’t the design of the day!
The Mario Kart tournament was the first scheduled event of the day, and a heated contest it was. 31 contestants were whittled down to a final eight that fought a hard race quite unlike any StreetPass Manchester has seen before. The meta-game of ‘no, you first’ at the front of the pack when a blue shell was spotted amongst the items was a sight to behold. The cup was taken, once again, by StreetPass Manchester’s dominant Mario Karter, Sandy Hinchcliffe.
The Quiz was the next big event and it proved to be a devilish test of both Animal Crossing and Nintendo knowledge. What was Nintendo’s first games console? How many children does Bowser have? The answers might not be what you’re first thinking… Team Charmander took the prize, however, after winning a tie break situation.
The games continued into the afternoon as the fishing competition opened to entries, and with that and a raffle closing the day it was but for us to say our goodbyes. Many games were played, many people said hello to, and many horse masks questioned, but all in all it was a fantastic day and again, the amount of people was staggering.
I would like to take this opportunity, as always, to thank Kyoto Lounge for being wonderful, even when we tested the strength of your seams. To thank Nintendo for supplying us with the beautiful Animal Crossing posters, standees and support. And more thanks to everyone that helped push the event, be they real (GAME Arndale - both of ‘em - GAME Fort, Travelling Man, Afflecks Retro Store) or virtual (Nintendo Life, Nintendo Insider, Pocket Gamer, Nintendo Feed), as without your spreading the word it would be awfully tricky for us to pull in the peeps.
A thank you to those that help behind the scenes with taking pictures, spreading the event, coming up with the activities. We’re a small group, but a passionate one.
And of course a huge thanks goes out to all of those that attended, without you there would be no event (and no benchmark for the human tolerance for shared body heat in a confined space). You’re all wonderful people and the very best example of video gamers – the sort that like to share their passion for gaming with others. You’re why this group carries on, and my only regret is that with so many people turning up it can be extremely hard to have a good word with all of you!
Animal Crossing eh? Who knew…
Attendees – 140+
Furthest Traveller – Portsmouth
Mario Kart Tournament Competitors – 31
Mario Kart Tournament Winner – Sandy Hinchcliffe
Quiz Entrants – 18 Teams
Hardest Question – ‘How does Tom Nook tell the twins Tommy and Timmy apart?’
Highest Quiz Score – 33/41
Winning Team – Team Charmander
Fishing Competition Entrants – 16
Biggest Carp – 31.95 (Chris Barton)
Biggest Zebra Turkeyfish – 14.90 (Mike Carr)
Fishing Competition Winner (highest joint length) – Chris Barton
Microphone – unreliable
Next Event – August 24th. Piccadilly Gardens. The Big Luigi.