The Kid Icarus Uprising events I've been going to lately have shown what a great bunch the Nintendo gaming community really are. Of course, I knew this already! Each time I've been to Nintendo's gaming events, I've been lucky enough to meet lots of fellow Nintendo fans and they've all been so passionate.
I suppose I'm lucky as I live near London and the majority of events do come to the capital. However, events such as the Kid Icarus Battle Squad showdown and Nintendo Unleashed do move around the UK, so keep an eye out for them. In fact, Nintendo Unleashed is coming to the Bristol Comic Expo this weekend.
Obviously, there are always going to be events you can't get to. One event I was gutted about missing was the Zelda 25th Anniversary Takeover in Nottingham where not only were you able to play The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword before it was released but the town's Market Square was also transformed into a Hyrulean market village for the day.
As for the Kid Icarus Battle Squad events, the first one I went to was in London and I enjoyed it so much that I even trekked across to Reading for the one last week. These are wicked because you get your hands on lots of the Kid Icarus AR card packs without having to use your Club Nintendo points.
As far as I know, you can't get these cards anywhere else other than via Club Nintendo or at these events. The next two events are in Birmingham and Brighton so if you live nearby, I urge you to pop down even if you don't own a copy of Kid Icarus. It's great just to meet other Nintendo fans and rack up those StreetPass hits and who knows, you could even win a copy of the game on the day.
Some events take place annually and an event that happens every year is the Pokemon VGNC (Video Game National Championships). I love Pokemon so this is one of my favourite events to go to and it is where Pokemon trainers battle it out to try and win a place at the Pokemon Video Game World Championships.
However, you don't actually have to be competing to enjoy this event to the max. Each time I've been I've gone solely to support ONM blogger Marti but I've made lots of friends. It's a great day out for Pokemon fans and you're able to watch the real Pokemon masters battling. It's so exciting. The event is held in Birmingham, which isn't at all near to where I live, but sometimes it really is worth making the effort to go to these places if you can.
Probably my favourite event, though, is the London MCM Expo which is coming up at the end of May. The MCM Expo is great because not only do you get the chance to test out a lot of Nintendo games before their actual release day, but there's also usually plenty of Nintendo swag up for grabs. The atmosphere is always very friendly and one of the really cool things about this event is the cosplaying. Literally, you look like the odd one if you go dressed normally. Marti and me will be going this year and we will be in cosplay. Not saying as what - it's a surprise. I do hope some of you ONMers will be able to make it as well and I promise I'll share my pink puzzle pieces with you.
Gaming events are great fun and if you can, it really is worth making the effort to get down to some of them. In fact, I'd like Nintendo to do more of them.
So tell me what Nintendo events have you enjoyed in the past? It could be anything from the one I've mentioned to a midnight launch.