Pikachu at MAGfest 2016

Whoops I should have posted this a while ago… like right after MAGfest. Oh well!

Those who follow me on social media already know that I ended up switching my cosplay at the last minute. I’ll probably do Link next month at PAX East instead. (More on that coming in a future blog post…!) I opted to bring my Pikachu cosplay to MAGfest instead, since it’s easier to transport. Plus I brought extra Pikachu ears so my little sister could join me in the cosplay fun, even tho her version was a little more casual lol!

The event itself was a lot of fun. I tend to enjoy smaller cons more because they aren’t as intensely crowded and you don’t feel so lost. But I was disappointed that the amazing musical group Triforce Quartet had not been invited to perform this year. But my friend introduced me to a funny metal group called Psycho Stick, so that kind of made up for it. I recommend that everyone look up both of these acts because they’re both great for their own reasons!

Here are some photos of my Pikachu cosplay from MAGfest! Enjoy!

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Smash is Back!

The return of Mayor Gluxie.

Mayor Gluxie had been missing from Jubilife Town in ACNL for quite some time. Weeks, months probably… Isabelle was up to her doggy ears in paperwork trying to pick up the slack. Where was Mayor Gluxie? There wasn’t much of an excuse for the absence all summer, but in the past month, Animal Crossing Villagers had been spotted in another popular Nintendo title.

Where the Villager has been…

OK, so maybe you pro’s might notice that the Villager pictured here isn’t really Mayor Gluxie. Let’s just go with the suspension of disbelief ok? They didn’t make Mayor Gluxie’s face type an option in Super Smash Bros. 3DS lol! Also, I don’t know if anyone else noticed this but the “sprite” of the Villager character still maintains the fashion style and proportions of the ACCF/ACWW Villager, note that you can see the female Villager’s undies – something that was done away with in the newest installment of the game. The Villager is also not as tall and slender as in ACNL. Am I the only one who cares? Probably.

Since the release of Super Smash Bros. 3DS on October 3rd, I’ve been playing this game practically non-stop. When I need a dose of nonviolence, I’ll switch over to ACNL, Harvest Moon or Tomodachi Life. But that usually doesn’t last long before I start jonesin’ for some more Smash action. I’m really enjoying the latest Smash Bros. game, there are a lot of new features and game modes. Plus… you can take SCREENSHOTS! I’ve decided to turn Smash into my own personal Pokemon Snap Redux. I’m going to start taking photos of every Pokemon and build myself a Smash Pokedex. And of course, I’ll only use the BEST photos, only the ones that would be up to Professor Oak’s standards! Save that for a future blog entry… lol!

Pokemon Snap Smash!

Overall, I have a ton of things I love about Super Smash Bros. 3DS. The updated graphics look amazing, the new characters add more options and being able to customize them really opens up the playing field in the competitive scene. I love the multiplayer options – from the original Smash mode to Smash Run and don’t forget the 2-Player games like Multi-man Smash! Since the game is now portable, it’s even easier to participate in local Smash Tournaments in the area. I recently went to a tournament in NYC and we dressed up in Smash Bros. cosplay. It was so much fun!

Smash Bros. Cosplayers!

I might not have won the tournament (wah) but I did make it to the second round, and I got a decent number of KO’s. I just need to keep practicing. If any of you out there want to battle, hit me up on Twitter – @gluxbox!

If that wasn’t enough gaming for you, there are three cool titles coming out THIS FRIDAY (Oct. 24th)! Coming to stores is the adorable Fantasy Life, which is another open-world style game with a bit of action and quests thrown in. Also coming out on 10/24 is Pokemon Art Academy so we can learn how to draw some of our favorite Pokemon – and I hear each game comes with a demo code for Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, which is coming out this November! Not to be forgotten is Bayonetta 2 releasing this Friday for the Wii U, which has really cool dark graphics and a lot of magic and dragon-filled action/adventure (check out the demo on the eShop now)! I’m definitely picking up Fantasy Life on Friday… the others might have to wait. Too many games, my wallet can’t handle it lol!

What games have YOU been playing lately??  😀

PAX 2013 RECAP

This past weekend, I attended PAX East 2013 with JDubz.  We took a road trip up to Boston (though technically we stayed in a seedy motel in Sharon, MA… good times!) and spent 3 days in Gaming Bliss.  It was our first time at PAX and we definitely want to go again next year.  Here’s a brief recap of what we saw and did during the weekend!

DAY ONE

We arrived at the BCEC (Boston Convention and Expo Center… I think lol) bright and early on Friday morning to get started on our weekend of fun!  Since we got there around 8AM, we were able to park in the parking lot of the convention center, meaning a short walk away from the entrance.  There were a ton of people gathered around, but thankfully there were no huge lines like we experienced at NY Comic Con back in October.

We assembled early to get our PAX Badges.  You can imagine how psyched I was when I got my hands on my badge, which proudly proclaims that I was to be a SPEAKER!  Yep, that’s right.  I was to represent my growing StreetPass Group, called StreetPass Long Island (or SPLI for short) and talk about how 3DS and Nintendo fans can start up their own StreetPass Groups in their local areas.  My expertise lies in Social Media Marketing and Networking, so that’s what I focused on in my part of the panel.  We had a great turnout at the StreetPass Panel, over 100 people were in attendance.  Our colleagues at StreetPass Princeton had gone above and beyond creating free Nintendo perler bead necklaces for all who came to the panel, which was a nice bonus.  In addition to me and SP Princeton’s Nick and Rob Oelberg, the other panelists were Isaiah “Triforce” Johnson, and Ryan Morrison from Island Officials.

I really felt that the panel went well, the people seemed genuinely interested in listening to what we had to say (gauging by the amount of people nodding in agreement as I spoke and the number of people who asked pertinent questions during the panel) and I especially hope that we helped to encourage more people to start up StreetPass Groups.  It’s a great thing for Nintendo (not to mention free marketing, advertising and PR of their products in a variety of demographics and regions) and a lot of fun for the rest of us!  If anyone reading this was at our StreetPass Panel, thank you so much for coming!  I’m working on a video of the Panel, but it’s about an hour long so I have to cut it down into segments.  As soon as it’s ready for the public I’ll definitely post the videos here so you can hear what I had to say.  I wish I didn’t have to work all this week, or I’d have it done sooner!  🙂

Yep that’s me on the left, the only girl on the StreetPass Panel!

The rest of the day on Friday was spent looking around at all the different booths and vendors.  We had tons of SPLI business cards and stickers which we handed out when we saw people playing 3DS.  Speaking of which… can I just say, going to events like this is like a StreetPass BONANZA!  I highly recommend to all of you 3DS owners to try and attend a big gaming event at least ONCE.  You get SO many StreetPasses, it’ll make your head spin!  It’s a great way to catch up on your Puzzle Pieces and Find Mii game.

DAY TWO

We’d heard a rumor the day before at the Nintendo Booth that there would be Pikachu 3DS XL consoles on sale at PAX, a day before it hits shelves in stores nationwide.  (Same goes for Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity.)  Since my birthday is coming up, JDubz and I decided that we’d try to buy the Pikachu XL’s at PAX!  I also decided to wear my Pikachu costume that day, to be extra festive. Originally the plan was to get up super early and be the first in line, to ensure it wouldn’t sell out.  Unfortunately, Boston’s annoying tunnel system had other plans for us, we got kinda lost and we didn’t actually get to the BCEC area until after 10AM.  That meant that we also had to park in the overflow parking lot and wait for a shuttle bus to take us to the convention center.  You can imagine our concern about waiting in huge lines and potentially getting sold out of the exclusive items.  Despite our fears, we rushed to the Nintendo Booth and got set up in the increasingly long line to purchase the new products a day early.  Just when we thought our luck had run out, everything changed when I saw Pikachu.

Of course when I saw Pikachu I had to get my photo taken with him.  Apparently this caused a bit of a stir, as a Nintendo Rep approached me and JDubz about a Pokemon Cosplay Contest going on later that day.  We got to talking, told him about SPLI and gave him our card.  A few minutes later, a different Nintendo Rep and a Photographer asked us to step out of the line and go with them.  I asked, “Will we still have our place in line?”  They assured me not to worry and we followed these official Nintendo Reps.  Once we got closer, they informed us that they were going to let us skip the hour wait on line, and let us buy our Pikachu XL’s then and there, and take a photo of me doing so!  We were SO EXCITED!!  Of course we agreed and posed as best we could.  As far as I can tell, the photo of me buying the XL has not surfaced on the internet.  But whatever, I still got to skip the line!!

After that amazing surprise, of course we had to check out the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Gaming Lounge where the Pokemon Cosplay Contest was to be held.  It was really cool!  They had beanbag chairs all set up, along with tons of 3DS XL’s with Mystery Dungeon playable demo’s.  It was packed!  As it got closer to Contest time, we saw more and more cosplayers showing up.  I knew I wouldn’t stand a chance in the contest, but I wanted to participate just for fun.  Here’s a picture of the Lounge:

If anyone was wondering, I’m standing next to Professor Juniper, who actually won the contest.  I loved her wig!  I thought her costume was creative, cuz everyone always just does the classic “trainer” or a random Pokemon costume.  It was Professor Juniper’s time to shine!  She won a new 3DS XL.  Congrats!

DAY THREE

On the third and final day of PAX, we had to catch up on whatever we might have missed.  And to us, that meant going hard at the Nintendo Booth to check out as many game demos as possible.  There were a TON!  I admit I didn’t even get to see everything I had hoped to see.  There was just SO MUCH TO TAKE IN!!

One game I was happy I did get to check out was Pikmin 3.  I’ve never played a Pikmin game before, other than the mini-game that is in Nintendo Land (which RULES, by the way!).  But after seeing Nintendo Direct videos showing the sheer beauty of the HD graphics in the photo-realistic world environment, I was very excited to check it out first hand.  JDubz and I both had a whirl, and we were blown away!  The graphics are so vivid, and the game is a ton of fun!  We were using the Wii Remote & Nunchuck during the gameplay demo, but I believe you can also use the Wii U GamePad to play Pikmin 3.  We played a boss battle against a giant, mean, armored Centipede type thing – it was intense and awesome!  I seriously cannot wait for Pikmin 3 to come out this May!

While not playable for the public, another demo I had to check out was Animal Crossing: New Leaf (of course).  It was so nice to see the dialog in English!  I have to admit, I think I knew more about ACNL than the Nintendo Rep who was doing the game demo.  I probably should have tried to volunteer to work at this booth!  While the live demo was going on, I pulled my JP 3DS out of my bag and started playing my ACNL game.  I noticed I had Maikochan in my town (the little girl kitty who wants to visit other towns) and I asked the Nintendo Rep if I could visit his town and drop off the kitty.  He apologized and said that what he was demo’ing was not a full retail version of the game, and I couldn’t visit.  What a shame!  lol

I’ll admit, we did check out some other booths that were not Nintendo related.  However, since they weren’t Nintendo, they really weren’t cool enough for me to take photos and write long reviews about them.  MUAHAHAHA!  But the Capcom booth did have a fun Photo Booth where you could take three photos for free, and they were playing a Mega Man cartoon on loop.  The Ubisoft booth was giving away t-shirts to people who tried their game demos, so that was cool too.  There were a TON of vendors selling cool stuff; I got a couple of Pikachu toys.  Too bad I didn’t have a lot of money to buy merch, since a plate of chicken fingers costs $12 at PAX lol!

So that’s my brief recap of the fun we had at PAX East 2013!  We hope to do a similar panel next year, or at the very least we’ll definitely attend again next year.  (But yeah fingers crossed to get a panel again!)  I definitely recommend that you check it out if you can.  So many games in one Expo!  There’s something for everyone!  Thank you, Penny Arcade!

PS: Check back soon for some game reviews!  I’ve been playing Mystery Dungeon and Luigi’s Mansion and they are both awesome!  More specific reviews to come lol!

EPIC POKEMON AND NYCC RECAP!!

Let’s go back in time.  Think back to 6AM on Saturday, October 6th.  What were you doing then?  Sleeping, blissfully… dreaming of the upcoming Black & White 2 release the following day.  What was I doing?  Boarding a train on the Long Island Rail Road to get to the city and start waiting in line at Nintendo World!  Why was I doing this?  Well, Nintendo World was holding an EXCLUSIVE Launch Event where they were selling copies of the new Pokemon games a day before the rest of North America could get their hands on it.  So of course JDubz and I had to get the games a day early!  Plus, the rumor of a free gift or two certainly inspired us to be out in the city at such an early hour.

We didn’t get there a moment too soon, as there was already a huge line and the NYPD was all set up as they anticipated the line going all the way down the block and around the corner.  Everyone on line was either playing StreetPass Mii Plaza or Pokemon Black and White as we waited patiently for the store to open and let us in to give Nintendo all our money!!  Here’s a professional photo of the line we were waiting on.  You can actually SEE me and JDubz in the line…  well, I’m mostly cut off (but do you see the yellow Pikachu hat w/pointy ears??  Thats me!) and JDubz is clearly visible with his very long beard and blue cap!

Pokemon Launch Event at Nintendo World

If you’d like to see the other professional photos that were posted from this event (since I umm neglected to really take any decent photos at this Launch Event) please check out the article on Go Nintendo!

Luckily we made it into the store sometime around 11am and were able to get our hands on both copies (Black 2 and White 2… yeah I bought both lol) as well as the beautiful hardcover Collector’s Edition Guide and we also got a TON of swag!  The only majorly exclusive item that I couldn’t get duplicates of was the knit Pokemon Scarf!  IT’S ONLY MINE!!!  But here’s the rest of the swag we got at the Launch Event.  Be jealous!

Pokemon Swag

Pokemon Swag

So that pretty much covers the Launch Event.  There were other things going on that day, such as a photo op with Pokemon Starters and some battling and whatnot with Pokemon DS NYC, but honestly we were so tired from getting up super early and waiting on line for hours that we ended up just going home.  We’re lame, whatever!  lol

The following weekend was REALLY AWESOME!  It was my first time ever attending New York Comic Con… and they sure didn’t disappoint!  I will now go into “Photolog” mode and just describe what’s going on in each photo as I go along.

DAY ONE

Javits Center Lobby

Javits Center Lobby

Here you can see the Javits Center quickly filling up with attendees.  This was only the main lobby… the Show Floor was MUCH more jam-packed with people, if you can imagine that!

The Wii U Booth

Obviously one of the first booths we went to was the Nintendo Wii U booth.  They had a ton of consoles set up so everyone could get a chance to play!  Luckily we were there early… by the end of Comic Con this booth was so full of people, you’d have to wait on line forever!

JDubz playing Wii U

Here is a photo of JDubz trying out the Tekken Tag Tournament game.  I thought it was weird that he was looking at the small screen the whole time he was playing.  I guess we all have to adjust to the new controller in our own way!  Personally, I tried out the game Tank Tank Tank! which was a LOT of fun.  I didn’t look at the GamePad even once while I was playing.  It was a very sleek and light controller, and a bit wider than I expected it to be, but still quite comfy in my hands.  Can’t wait to get my own Wii U next month!  😀

Meeting up with our Pokemon DS NYC friends!

Another big highlight on Friday was meeting up with our friends at Pokemon DS NYC.  These guys are always a blast and full of information!  One thing I learned that day was regarding the new 3DS game Pokemon Dream Radar.  Did you know that after you beat the main game in Dream Radar (i.e. after you catch Landorus) you can unlock legendaries from OLDER games as well?  All you have to do is start up Dream Radar while having an older-gen Pokemon game in your card slot (HeartGold, SoulSilver, Platinum, Diamond or Pearl) you can catch the main legendary from THAT game as well?  They can be tricky to catch, so I hear… but it’s worth it!  Don’t forget, the legendary Pokemon will have a hidden ability if it comes from Dream Radar!

Cosplayer as Gym Leader Elesa

Sorry this pic came out blurry.  I never said I was a photographer!  But here’s just a tiny sample of all the Pokemon cosplayers we saw at NYCC.  This girl was dressed up as Gym Leader Elesa.  Her costume was so good, people kept stopping her and begging her to pose for a photo.  I almost felt bad for her – sometimes people need to leave the cosplayers alone so they can enjoy the convention too!  Or maybe by having an awesome cosplay outfit… they are asking for it?  lol

DAY TWO

Giant Inflatable Pikachu!

The main event on Saturday [for me] was the Pokemon Black and White 2 Launch Celebration!  Not only were they hyping the new games, but they also had a WIFI setup to download Genesect, they also had a demo station for Pokedex 3D Pro!  Not to mention a big stage where they were hosting a concert by I Fight Dragons (yeah we skipped that part tho lol) and a Freeze Dance competition (they gave away a 3DS to the winner!).  Other perks were a VIP Lounge (only a select few of us got the special wristbands to get into the VIP area.  Not much was up there tho, aside from free snacks and a better view!), trivia games and swag giveaways!

Pikachu and Me!

Of course, the biggest highlight of the event for a Pikachu Fangirl like me was getting to take a special photo with my favorite Pokemon… PIKACHU!  You can see I’m wearing my Pikachu hat, holding a Pikachu doll… what you can’t see was my Pikachu t-shirt, Pikachu dog-tag necklace from 1998 and my Pokemon Scarf!  Yeah I was hardcore.  😛

DAY THREE

Bumble Bee from Transformers

Sunday was a shorter day.  It was “Kids Day” which means lots of screaming children and we weren’t planning on spending the entire day there.  So we basically wanted to do catch-up and make sure to see anything we might have skipped on the first two days of the Con.  Luckily, right when we walked in we saw a HUGE, Chevy-sponsored Bumble Bee guy waving to fans and making squeaking sounds.  It looked so legit!

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan

Honestly I didn’t know who this was, but JDubz did.  And apparently “Hacksaw” recognized me, as he called out “Pikachu!” to me as we walked by.  Who knew that an old wrestler knows who Pikachu is?  Anyway, he was nice enough to pose for a blurry photo.  Thanks Hacksaw!

Usually you have to EARN Gym Badges, but at NYCC they are like $25 lol

OMG I can’t write a post about Comic Con without talking about the SHOPPING.  Holy Crap!  If you didn’t know, one of the biggest areas of Comic Con is the Show Floor, which is basically a huge NERD MARKETPLACE.  You can’t haggle, you can only beg and plead while trying not to get trampled by the masses of people stuffed into this area trying to buy everything they can find.  There was so much cute Pokemon stuff, retro comics, costumes, LARPing people, canvas and print art… omg the list goes on and on.  We picked up some really cute Unova Gym Badge pin sets.  If you’re interested, you can find this company Sanshee online and buy gym badges for yourself online.

OK obviously we did a lot more and saw a lot more than what I’ve posted here.  If you want to see ALL of my pics from NYCC, please visit my Flickr page.  Phew!  That was a lot of writing.  Done for now!  🙂

PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond!

Despite being a day late (thanks a lot for not sending your shipments to GameStop on time, Nintendo!) I finally got to playPokéPark 2 for the first time yesterday!  The game is BEYOND cute, and I really like it so far.

Pikachu

Pikachu

You start off the game as Pikachu, much like the original title.  You go around with Piplup making friends and whatnot, until the both of you are convinced to enter a suspicious looking area.

Wish Zone

Wish Zone

This area, which I think is called the Wish Zone, is made entirely of sweets.  Everyone who eats the cakes that were made in this area suddenly become possessed!  Pikachu and Piplup run into Oshawott, who is investigating what is going on with these possessed Pokémon.  Pikachu is challenged to take on the “Attraction” of this area, which is a whack-a-mole type mini game hosted by Cofagrigus.  When Pikachu wins, the Pokémon are freed, but the world starts imploding or something and Piplup manages to save Pikachu and Oshawott – while sacrificing himself!  It becomes Pikachu and Oshawott’s mission to return to the Wish Zone to save Piplup!

I don’t want to give everything away, but the story is cute and the animation is adorable!  If you aren’t into cute Pokémon, then this game might not be for you.  Also, I hate to say this because it’s a kid’s game, but I often find myself getting confused as to what I’m supposed to be doing at any given time.  But whatever!

In terms of mini games, the format is somewhat different from the original title.  No longer are you competing for best scores (at least from the gameplay I’ve seen so far) and doing ridiculous mini games every time you encounter a Pokémon.  The main “Attractions” in different areas are similar to the mini games from the previous game.  But when you encounter a new Pokémon, you usually have to play a game of Chase, or you will be asked to BATTLE!  This is a new aspect of PokéPark 2 – you can battle using Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy and Tepig!  (You have to unlock these extra characters first, of course.)  Each Pokémon has a different move set for battle.  There’s a regular Tackle-type move, a special move, and a sweeping move to help you beat your opponent.  Plus, when you are battling, sometimes one of the OTHER Pokémon you might have befriended along the way will pop out and offer their services!  For example, I was playing as Snivy and battling a Leavanny.  I wasn’t very effective against her and was losing.  Then Seismitoad pops up and did a sludge bomb on her!  Thanks Seismitoad!  😛  (You can’t walk around as any Pokémon but Pikachu and the BW starters tho.)

There are some familiar faces in this installment of PokéPark.  Drifblim is back to ferry you and your friends to whichever town you might need to reach.  Misdreavus once again is in charge of the photos.  The format of this game is similar to the previous PokéPark, except this game actually has more of a storyline!  Imagine that!

OK well that’s all I have time to write about right now.  Visit my Flickr Photostream to see the rest of the photos I’ve taken so far.  Enjoy!

PS – Stay tuned for some ACCF DLC news coming soon!  O.O

My Valentine!

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a pleasant Valentine’s Day!

Mine was great!  JDubz got me a dozen red roses (aww!) and a really cool Pansage Reversible Plush!  It can convert from a Pansage plush to a Pokéball plush, kind of like those old plush toys from the 80’s [whose name I am forgetting lol!].  In addition, we went to Dave & Busters for a fun celebration, where we earned enough tickets to cash in on a pretty sizeable Pikachu plush!

Here’s my Pokémon Plush collection.  It’s getting pretty freaking sweet!

My Pokemon Shelf

Don’t be jealous!  I’ve got some really cool Pokémon stuff here.  You might notice that big Pokéball behind Pikachu – that’s my reversible Pansage.  I didn’t want him to try and upstage Pikachu so I left him in the ball lol!  Pikachu is seen here wearing an old Pikachu dog tag necklace that my little sister got back in the late 90’s.  I also have my McDonald’s Happy Meal Pokémon toys, a bunch of AR Markers and TCG cards.  Off to the side you can kind of see the cut-off corner of a Pikachu glass, which was actually a collector’s edition jar of Welch’s grape jelly from many years ago, that has since been emptied, washed out and displayed with all my other cool Pokémon stuff!

While we’re on the subject, there’s been a lot of buzz about the newest legendary, Keldeo.  It seems like a WIFI Mystery Gift Event is in our near future.  That and/or a new game (I hope!) on the horizon.  I don’t really have any idea though.  But here’s a video that someone in Japan managed to get somehow.  I don’t know what’s going on in the video but here it is anyway!

Keldeo Event Video

I just want to remind everyone that Arceus is available on the PGL until May 1, 2012.  You can also get Mewtwo via Nintendo WFC Mystery Gift right now!  WOOT!

In case you haven’t been following my new Gluxbox Facebook Page, you might have missed this article I posted:

“Lots of details about Animal Crossing 3DS”

I didn’t write this article, nor will I take any credit for finding it.  However, if you are like me, you are looking to find ANY new updates regarding the upcoming Animal Crossing 3DS game!  The above article contains new scans from Official Nintendo Magazine (I should probably subscribe lol!) that also contains lots of never-before-seen photos and info about the game!  I CAN’T WAIT!  Rumors are saying that AC3DS could come out as soon as this summer, but I won’t get my hopes up.  I just hope they give us some OFFICIAL info pretty soon!

Before I go, just wanted to say… ONLY 11 DAYS UNTIL POKEPARK 2 COMES OUT FOR THE WII!  YAY!!!