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Why you should go to Nintendo's gaming events

Colette Barr has enjoyed meeting her fellow fans at Kid Icarus and Pokemon events

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.

Kid Icarus: Uprising Battle Squad event
Kid Icarus: Uprising Battle Squad event
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.

With Pikachu at Pokemon VGNC
With Pikachu at Pokemon VGNC
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.

At the MCM Expo 2011
At the MCM Expo 2011
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.


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  1. FireHawk Saturday 12th May 2012 at 10:06

    I wouldn't be too gutted about missing the Zelda Takeover day. Although it was great playing SS and the cosplayers and big message chalkboard were fantastic, it was all set in a big tent, so it wasn't like Hyrule Castle Market at all. It was good, but certainly not as it was advertised (there are videos up on Youtube if you want to see for yourself).

    Anyway I used to go to a lot of events when I was younger (such as the Pokemon events, the Donkey Konga tour, and the All-Stars 2005 tour), but now, not so much. Mostly because everything seems to be too far away from me (*cough*London*cough*). And although you say that it's fun to visit even if you don't have the required games (eg. The Pokemon and Kid Icarus events), surely it would be more fun that way? From my point of view, I see very little point in going if I don't have the required game for events (for example, my main motivation for visiting the previous Pokemon events was to play against others and gain special Pokemon such as Mew).

  2. zwii01 Saturday 12th May 2012 at 10:35

    Completely agree, more people should check these events out! Last year was the first time I went to a few of these. I remember the various 3DS events in London they had before it was released and I remember feeling so lucky to be able to play it before its release and see what all the fuss was about with Super Mario 3D Land. The only event I really wish I had gone to was the concert but I couldn't afford that :(

    The Eurogamer event last year was another great one where I played Skyward Sword and got a sound beating by Ghirahim. There was also the Pokemon one in Game on Oxford street where they gave out shiny versions of the Legendary dogs, that was so crazy seeing so many people of different ages all coming together with their handhelds for their love of a "simple" game.

    Colette when did you go MCM (one at the beginning of the year or end)? I went at the end of last year for the first time and it was brilliant! Practically everyone was in cosplay, with your token Link's, Zelda's and even a Midna just casually walking around. I definitely had a great time and still even have the Ocarina I won that day. If anyone has an opportunity to go to these events they really should, although I did skip the recent London Kid Icarus event because I don't have a 3DS (yet) or know anyone who had the game that I could go with.

  3. NintyHippo Saturday 12th May 2012 at 10:47

    I can never go to ANY Nintendo events because there's never any in Northern Ireland. It's so annoying! :evil:

  4. 2nerdgirl6 Saturday 12th May 2012 at 10:51

    London MCM will be my first con, and I'm going as Link from the Minish Cap, partly because it was the first zelda I ever played, but mostly because I own the fantastic cap.

  5. Komodo_Wolfgang Saturday 12th May 2012 at 11:13

    Bring more near/in Leeds and I will.
    Last one I remember being here was the Mew one back when Pokemon D/P was released.
    Sucks being up north and being neglected T-T

  6. inuyashaDS Saturday 12th May 2012 at 11:14

    Same here nintyhippo

  7. shy guy 64 Saturday 12th May 2012 at 14:11

    if they came to edinburgh i'd probably go

  8. me4ndubz Saturday 12th May 2012 at 15:30

    I went to the kid icarus event today and it was really good :) got loads of pink pieces, a limited addition poster and an ultra rare ar card (pit rally cry)

  9. IPecksU Saturday 12th May 2012 at 16:41

    I'd love to go but nothing ever happens in the north east

  10. alexkinch Saturday 12th May 2012 at 17:18

    in Reading Ive been lucky as since 2007 we pretty much got a pokemon live event every year. 2008 darkrai i had to go basingstoke but oh well. The k.i.u event in reading hmv was awsome. Vgc in birmingham is great but a long way to go. I love events like mcm expo as london so easy to get to for me.

  11. Da_Epic_Fail Saturday 12th May 2012 at 19:57

    The thing is that I would love to go to these events, I just wish that the distribution of these events was larger, if you live past the south-east then you are very lucky to be near one, it's sad when the closest Kid Icarus multiplayer event was 180 miles away...

  12. dizzy boy Saturday 12th May 2012 at 20:29

    these events are always good fun to go to, it`s better than sitting at home and missing out.
    hyper japan was pretty good early this year. it`s similar to MCM. but MCM has a better atmosphere tbh.
    I`m deffinitly looking forward to eurogamer though. I`m hoping to get the 100 mii`s met achievement at that one, as i managed 52 at the HMV london event.
    akso, i managed to see colettes mii pass through my plaza too, maybe i`ll street pass her and marti at MCM if i`m lucky.

  13. Baker1000 Sunday 13th May 2012 at 00:13

    I used to go to a lot of Nintendo events back in the day, such as when the DS and Wii were new, but not so much recently. I remember when I got my DS a whole 3 weeks early from Nintendo VIP (Club Nintendo for you young ones!) along with a free t-shirt. I went to a DS pre-launch demo pod event and wore the t-shirt. The staff were curious as to how I got the shirt and already had a DS!

    I also fondly remember Konga Beach! The Donkey Konga demo event which had lots of Nintendo themed games such as Pikmin Toss and a bungie run where you had to stick bananas to velcro as far up as you could run. It was great to be able to take part in such games as well as play the latest and upcoming releases. With StreetPass on 3DS there has never been a better reason to go to an event, because you'll likely get tons of hits!

    I'll be going to the Bristol Comic Expo tomorrow, so look out for my Mii turning up in your plaza! Anyone else planning to go? Who went today? How was it?

  14. spacemen13 Sunday 13th May 2012 at 11:48

    I wish I could go to one but nothing is in wales except sheep.

  15. Xikelle Sunday 13th May 2012 at 12:46

    Still remember how I was really lucky that I happened to be at the right place on the day that there was an event to try out the 3DS before release.
    Cosplaying sounds so fun, I would probably have trouble getting the stuff to though.
    Seems like Edinburgh is a popular suggestion for somewhere for events to go, can't say I'm surprised. I would after all be one of those in a better position to go if it occurred.
    Going to an event is such a nice change from where otherwise a few people only know certain series' because I keep talking about them. I haven't changed my mind about liking Gamecity6, which I like better than this pokemon event or something some time ago, where I remember just standing in a queue for a while, getting stickers and a go on a pokemon mystery dungeon game and that was it, I think one of the main reasons is that I'd never met anyone else who could play an ocarina before, nor have again so far since.

  16. ninjafox Sunday 13th May 2012 at 14:52

    I hadn't been to a games event until i attended GAMEFEST last year which i really enjoyed. Playing Skyward Sword, Mario 3D Land, MK7 and Resident Evil Revelations before they were released in the shops was great and it was nice been surrounded by other Nintendo fans. Just hope GAMEFEST returns in 2012...

    I was able to attend the Zelda takeover day in Nottingham and whilst it wasn't quite how i had imagined it was still a great day. Seeing that other people were as passionate about the Zelda series as me was nice and the cosplayers were particularly impressive, especially the girls dressed up as Malon, Skull Kid, Medli and Captain Linebeck. I am sure you would have enjoyed it had you been able to attend Colette :)

    Sadly i was unable to attend the Zelda 25th Anniversary concert in October last year, watching the videos of the event on Youtube and listening to the soundtrack that came bundled with the special edition of Skyward Sword just reaffirms how great the event was.

    The Kid Icarus Battle Squad events look great and after reading how much you and other forum members had enjoyed the events in London and Reading i was planning to go to the Birmingham one yesterday had i not had to work. I kept thinking yesterday about how much fun i would be having had i been at the event... :(

    I was thinking of attending MCM but would not be able to cosplay as i am rubbish at making costumes and don't really want to look liked the odd one out!
    Would i stand out that much if i didn't wear cosplay?

  17. FireHawk Sunday 13th May 2012 at 15:54

    I was able to attend the Zelda takeover day in Nottingham and whilst it wasn't quite how i had imagined it was still a great day. Seeing that other people were as passionate about the Zelda series as me was nice and the cosplayers were particularly impressive, especially the girls dressed up as Malon, Skull Kid, Medli and Captain Linebeck.

    You forgot Midna! How could you? She was my favourite.

    And, for those who want to see some of the others Ninjafox mentioned, here's Skull Kid, Medli and Linebeck, along with Midna and the postman.

    I must admit it was nice just to see other Zelda fans there. It still remains the only time I'd been able to play a multiplayer Four Swords game, sad as that may sound, simply because I don't know anyone else who would.

  18. ninjafox Sunday 13th May 2012 at 18:13

    You forgot Midna! How could you? She was my favourite.

    Really sorry, can't believe i forgot Midna either! The costume was indeed very impressive and i can see why it was your favourite FireHawk. :)

  19. Komodo_Wolfgang Monday 14th May 2012 at 13:21


    Everyone only ever usualy thinks of London ¬¬

  20. LocalHero Monday 14th May 2012 at 14:34

    The North needs to get these events, the closest Kid Icarus one was Birmingham and the last time Tyne and Wear had an event it was to experience Super Mario 3D land. That was two weeks after the game was released.

  21. Xenobladeperson Saturday 19th May 2012 at 19:46

    I can never go to ANY Nintendo events because there's never any in Northern Ireland. It's so annoying! :evil:

    Same here, I've never come anywhere near a Nintendo event.

  22. jo6066 Monday 21st May 2012 at 18:14

    hope to see you guys at the next PKMN VGNC ^^

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