The PVGC Report

Yesterday was a long, exhausting, but awesome day!  JDubz and I took a road trip down to Philadelphia to participate in the Pokémon Video Game Championship Regional tournament.  I haven’t been to Philly since I was a kid, so I was also hoping to sneak in some sight-seeing while we were down there.

The registration for the Masters Division was set to start at 10 AM, so we woke up at the crack of dawn for our 2+ hour drive.  When we finally got to the convention center, I found my friends from the Pokémon DS NYC Meetup Group waiting in line to register, so we joined up with them.  They gave me a free t-shirt with the logo printed on it – the logo which I designed for them last year!  🙂

Once we were all registered, it became the waiting game.  We had to wait for the Junior and Senior Divisions to finish their tournaments before the Masters (aka old people lol) were able to compete.  We were supposed to start the Masters Division battles at noon, but once that time came around, there was an announcement that Masters wouldn’t be starting until 2pm.  While most people groaned and whined about all this waiting around, I was secretly happy – this meant I could squeeze in some tourism after all!

JDubz and I decided to head over to the Liberty Bell, which thankfully was less than 10 blocks away!  Here’s a picture of me with the bell, and you can see my Pokémon DS NYC shirt, as well as my new Ash Ketchum hat!

Glux & the Bell

Nevermind that I look like a zombie.  The lighting in there was just awful b/c it was so backlit.  You’d think they’d make the lighting a little better in an alcove containing a national landmark that people come to photograph all the time.  Or you’d think they’d at least turn the bell so that the cracked side would face the windows, so people could take better photos from that side of the room.  Oh well lol!

We also walked past Independence Hall, which is some kind of landmark… Sorry, I didn’t go inside and I don’t know what it is offhand.  Maybe that’s where they wrote the Declaration of Independence?  I dunno soo… here’s a photo!  lol

Independence Hall

We stopped by Dairy Queen on our walk back (we don’t have DQ’s in NY, so I was quite thrilled!) and by the time we arrived at the convention center, it was almost time to actually BATTLE!  The tournament was set up to have 7 rounds, with Swiss pairings.  This meant that even if you lost a match, it didn’t mean you were disqualified.  You could keep battling in each round, and only those with the best records overall would be given the prizes.  However, if you lose 3 battles or more… it was pretty much a sign that you weren’t going to win anything.

Inside the Tournament

Here’s a look at the room where the battling took place.  There were over 250 participants in the Masters Division, so it was pretty impressive how smoothly everything went, despite the waiting.  They posted two groups of people, matched them up and we battled away!  I was surprised at how FEW legendary Pokémon were in my opponents’ teams.  In fact, the only legends I battled were Zapdos and Cresselia.

OK time for the cold truth.  If you followed my tweets from yesterday, then you already know my record.  Basically, I performed terribly!  I am pretty weak in doubles battles, and since I’d done a huge overhaul of my team at the last minute, I wasn’t totally secure with my move set.  (I should have just kept my original team!  Dang it!)  My record for the day was 1-3.  That one win?  It was a win by default – my opponent didn’t show up, so they gave me a win for that round.

However, that’s not what I was disappointed in, really.  I knew I wasn’t going to be the top Pokémon battler.  But they were supposed to give us all a Shiny Shelmet trading card just for participating… but they ran out.  Luckily, I whined about it to some lady who was working the event, and she gave me a sheet of Pokémon stickers!  YES FOR SWAG!!

Golurk

Despite losing in an embarrassing fashion, having to wait around and not getting my shiny trading card, it was an awesome day.  I got to hang out with the Meetup group (we all wore the same shirt – it was so cute!), I got stickers, I picked up a card holder for my Kid Icarus AR cards, received over 65 StreetPass tags, we ate cheesesteaks after the tournament…  It was a great experience.  I only hope next year’s PVGC is a little closer to home – the drive home was over 3 hours and we were exhausted at the end of the day.

Did anyone else go to their regional tournament?  If you followed me on Twitter for updates on the tournament, how did I do?  What could I improve on?  I’m looking to improve my tweeting skills.  Should I have covered more general news about what everyone was doing?  Or did I do just fine?  Let me know, I’m curious!

So anyway… now I’m pretty much Black&White’d out, and I want to pick up one of the other games I’ve been neglecting.  Should I play SoulSilver, which I started last month?  Or what about Emerald, which I’m maybe half way through?  And let’s not forget about Kid Icarus and Harvest Moon, both games are awesome but I had to put them down to focus on Pokémon for this tournament.  Any suggestions on what I should play next?

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AR Card Fun!

Yesterday I was so excited!  The April issue of Nintendo Power had arrived!  I quickly flipped through the pages, because I knew something special was going to be inside this issue.  And there it was!

KI: U AR Cards

An exclusive pack of Kid Icarus: Uprising AR cards, only for Nintendo Power subscribers!  WOW!  The 3 card pack contains Poseidon, Medusa (Battle), and God of Death Thanatos.  They are all very cool looking!  I managed to get a photo of all three of them while I was scanning away, so check them out!

AR Card Battle

Have you ever tried to battle your Kid Icarus AR Cards?  It’s actually pretty cool!  You align two cards up (arrows facing each other and touching) and a button appears on the touch screen, inviting you to watch a battle.  I say “watch” because you don’t get to participate in the battle, each card has it’s own stats and they take care of the battle automatically.

OMG WOULDN’T IT BE SO COOL IF POKEMON TCG WORKED LIKE THIS??  I think that would be awesome!

Anyway, I posted all my AR Battle photos on my Flickr page, feel free to check em out!

OH and before I forget.  Something sad happened to my 3DS last night.  Yesterday a special Mii was sent via SpotPass to everybody’s StreetPass Plaza.  The special Mii was none other than Reggie Fils-Aime, the CEO of NoA.  He had gold pants, his text was shown in a special gold text bubble, and he was a level 5 fighter in Find Mii!  Unfortunately, I was stupid and selected the option to add Reggie to my Mii Maker.  I didn’t realize that doing so would REMOVE Reggie from my StreetPass Plaza!  Now I can’t battle with him anymore.  This is very upsetting!!!  lol wah!

So yeah… if you get a special Mii, don’t send them to the Mii Maker or you lose them forever!  😦

Getting Psyched About Kid Icarus!

Kid Icarus: Uprising

A brand new 3DS game is coming out next week – Kid Icarus: Uprising!  It’s release date is 3/23 and there are quite a few launch events going on in NYC for this game.  Unfortunately I probably won’t be able to go to these events (stupid work!).  Honestly, at first I wasn’t even going to get the game.

However, my mind has been COMPLETELY changed in the past week.  So much hype and details are being revealed that make me feel a lot better about this game.  Here’s my Gripe VS. Hype list:

  • Gripe 1 – Kid Icarus is lame!  He sucked in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, I hated using his character!
  • Hype 1 – Kid Icarus hasn’t been in a game (other than SSBB) since 1991.  It’s time to give him another chance.  He’s bad-ass, he flies, he’s got a huge arsenal of weapons!  What’s not to like?
  • Gripe 2 – Touch-screen controls??  I hate using the stylus to control my game.  Seriously.
  • Hype 2 – Kid Icarus: Uprising has fully customizable controls!  If you don’t want to use the touch-screen to aim, you don’t have to!  Click here for a Japanese video which explains this fact.  In Japanese.
  • Gripe 3 – What’s the big deal with all these AR cards?
  • Hype 3 – Kid Icarus: Uprising comes packaged with 6 randomly selected AR cards.  In addition, Club Nintendo has an offer to get 3 free exclusive AR cards for this game.  (North America only, sorry!  NoE has an option for these cards too, but I think you have to redeem stars for them.)  More AR cards are going to be available from Nintendo Power Magazine, the Nintendo World Store, and other upcoming events!  You can trade cards with friends too.  Cool!

So pretty much every problem I initially had with the game has been resolved.  I think I’m going to try and finish up PokePark 2 this week, and then trade it in for Kid Icarus: Uprising.  I’m sold on the game now – there aren’t that many 3DS games to be psyched about, but Kid Icarus is a promising option!  I need a good battling/action game (other than Ocarina of Time) in 3D, and I like how this game will use the other features of the 3DS, such as the AR cards and StreetPass.

What do you guys think about Kid Icarus: Uprising?  Are you going to get it?

Pokémon Rumble Blast!

Rumble Blast Time!

Well I am a happy little camper right now!  Yesterday I had a super fun day in the city – JDubs and I went to the Nintendo World Store [again!] to attend the pre-release event for Pokémon Rumble Blast!  I’m not going to lie – the event last week at Comic Con was cooler.

The biggest aspect of this past Sunday’s event was the fact that you could purchase the new Pokémon Rumble Blast game one day before other stores have it available.  (That was reason enough for me!)  They also gave me a few new AR marker cards, which is always cool.  The swag was all the same as last week’s, including the drawstring bag, t-shirts and the map/chart from the B&W Guide.

While the ‘event’ wasn’t that eventful, I did go on a mini-awesome shopping spree.  I’ll try to remember to take photos of the cute stuff I got, including a Pikachu t-shirt, a Goomba knit cap, and a New Super Mario Bros. tote bag.

What’s important is that I’ve got Pokémon Rumble Blast in my hot little fist!  I’ve been kind of blowing through the game, but I will attest that the Battle Royales are no joke!  You really need high powered Pokémon to succeed!  JDubs, being the amazing boyfriend that he is, opted to preorder his Rumble Blast from GameStop so that we could get the special edition Pokémon pin set as well.  He was pretty jealous that he couldn’t play the game yesterday with me though!  🙂

Sadly for me, I have work today.  We have a new intern in my office so I can’t even sneak my 3DS into my lap for discreet slacking off…  so I can’t quite play while I’m at work.  But after work, we are going straight to GameStop to get JDubs’ copy, and I’ll be picking up my new “Kirby’s Return to Dreamland” Wii game, which also comes out today.  I got to play Kirby’s new game a little bit at the Nintendo World Store – it was FREAKIN AWESOME!!!  There are ‘super abilities’ and they are so kick ass.  OMFG.

A Kirby Super Ability

Pokémon Gaming Lounge Recap

This past weekend was NYC Comic Con.  I didn’t have tickets to attend the actual convention (*sob*) but I was able to participate in something awesome anyway!  And that something awesome was the Pokémon Gaming Lounge held at the nearby SIR Stage 37.  This event was completely free, and was showcasing the new upcoming Pokémon game for the 3DS – “Pokémon Rumble Blast.”

The super mega awesome Nintendo World Store was offering a free shuttle from their store to the Javits Center area, so JDubs and I decided to stop by at their store before heading to the Pokémon event.  (We picked up 9 Streetpasses at the store alone, before we even went to the Comic Con area – score!)

Psyched for the Pokemon Rumble Blast event!

Where they had the Star Fox cut-out photo op last week (I posted my picture from that small display in my previous blog entry) there was a cute Pokémon Rumble Blast Display.  Obviously I had to strike a pose.  I accidentally blocked the toy Zekrom cut-out… sorry Zekrom!

Mario Party Bus!

We patiently waited for our free shuttle to the Javits Center.  Imagine our excitement when this red van pulled up, complete with a driver wearing a Mario hat!  When we got inside, we noticed that the stereo was playing soundtrack selections from Super Mario games new and old.  It was awesome!

The Pokemon Rumble Blast Event!

We arrived at the event and had to sign photo release forms.  Maybe I’ll be in some photos that were from the event?  I’ll have to keep an eye out for that.  They gave us free Pokémon swag bags and we headed into the magical world of Pokémon Rumble Blast.  There was a stage set up with a guy who was explaining all of the cool features we’ll find in this new 3D game.  In addition, they had dozens of 3DS consoles set up with demos of the game.  By the way, the game looks AMAZING in 3D and I can’t wait to get my game a day early at the Nintendo World release event this Sunday!  (Don’t worry, I’ll have full coverage of that event for you too.  Hehehe.)

In addition to that, there were tables set up for people [kids] to color in pictures of Snivy, Oshawott and Tepig which were being pinned up and made into a mural of pictures.  (Yes, we participated – everyone who colored in a picture got a free Pokémon Black & White Art Folio!)  They were giving out t-shirts with a toy Pikachu on them, which were so cute!  Not only that, but there were giant Pokémon AR Markers to use with Pokédex 3D.  Check it out!

Reshiram and Me!

The lighting was a little iffy so it was kinda hard to get multiple Pokémon in one shot but it was still really fun!  (I took way more Pokémon AR photos than just this – visit my Flickr photostream to see all of my pics.)

AR Photos Galore!

Much to my surprise, I found my friends Ana and Matt from the Pokémon DS Meetup Group NYC at the event too!  I was able to get a few needed Pokémon for my Pokédex 3D game, and they gave me some awesome Stunfisk AR marker stickers!  Thanks guys!  Can’t wait to see you next week at the pre-release event!

Pokemon Photo Op

My favorite section of the Gaming Lounge was definitely the Photo Op area.  You can see in this photo that there was a set up where people can pose with Pokémon.  The photographer was set up behind a fake 3DS cut-out frame, so that the final image looks like the people in the photo are in a 3DS game.  It was so cute!  (This ‘behind the scenes’ photo looks awesome in 3D btw.  But I have yet to find a suitable website that hosts .mp0 files.  Anyone know a good website to host a 3D photo album?)

Our 3DS Photo!

Isn’t it such a cute photo?  We are in the game with Pikachu, Tepig, Oshawott, Snivy, Zekrom and Reshiram!  Booya!  Jealous much?  lol 😛

And Pikachu was there.

Oh, and of course, what kind of Pokémon event would this have been without someone dressed up in a big Pikachu costume?  So I took a picture of him too.

We got SO MUCH SWAG at this event.  It was freakin sweet.  I can’t wait for the Pokémon event this weekend; there is going to be a scavenger hunt and even MORE swag for everyone.  I had intended to show off all the swag we got in this post, but I didn’t get a chance to take pics of everything I got yet.  So later this week I’ll try to write up a post detailing all the awesome swag we got.  It’s better off to save the swag overview for another entry – there was so much stuff that I want to do it right.  OMG bet you can’t wait!  lol

Stay tuned!  XD

Good Times at Nintendo World

Hi again!  This past weekend I went with my bf JDubs to the Nintendo World Store in NYC!  He’d never been there before, so it was extra fun to take him for the first time.

Star Fox Glux

First thing we noticed was a Star Fox photo op thingy!  Of course I had to jump in there and practice my “make a stupid face” photo modeling techniques.

We went through the Pokémon floor, which is the bottom floor of the store.  I showed him the super cute Pikachu DSi charging stand, which is awesome but I can’t use it with my Nerf armor.  JDubs got me a SWEET green Nerf armor for my 3DS and I am SO HAPPY!  I’ll take a picture and show you guys later…. (I’m at work now lol)

Next we went upstairs where I found an amazingly cute Kirby shirt.  It was a youth-sized shirt but I managed to find one that fits me and it’s ADORABLE!  Again… photo pending.  I didn’t take a pic at the time lol.  It’s so great tho, you’ll all be jealous.

As we were leaving, we noticed there were giant AR markers on the floor by the entrance.  JDubs took a couple of shots of me attempting to interact with invisible Link and Mario models.  Check it out!  XD

Mario, Me and Link

Link showing me his Rupee.

Innit so cute??  I am still working on taking some cute AR Halloween photos.  Keep on the lookout for that.

Also, I don’t have time to post about this now but there are some exciting festivities coming up at the Nintendo World Store both this weekend (with Comic Con in NYC) and on October 23rd (a pre-release party for Pokémon Rumble Blast) so I will post the info about that when I get a chance.  Hopefully I’ll be able to attend both events too!  I better not have work… *grumble*

OK I’ll post more later!  It was an awesome time and I recommend everyone get their butts over to the Nintendo World Store in NYC!