Wasabi’s Obon Festival

On August 15th, Mayor Neko was very excited.  It was time for the Obon Festival!

A special WIFI Meet Up Event was organized by StreetPass Long Island to invite American players to visit the Japanese town of Wasabi, so that they could partake in the unique festivities of this Japan-exclusive holiday!

Mayor Gluxie of Jubilife City came by to find out the details of this event [in English].

Isabelle was more than happy to explain what the Obon Festival was all about!

Isabelle was handing out free gifts.  There were two options that were handed out, either the Eggplant Cow or the Cucumber Horse.

She must have seen me giving her a weird look, so she explained that it’s more of a “kids thing” to play with an Eggplant Cow…

Mayor Neko opened the gates of Wasabi to visitors.  At first we had a bit of a connection issue, due to so many people trying to enter the town at once!

Isabelle and Mayor Neko kept their spirits up despite the disconnection frustrations by dancing together at the Town Plaza!

Here’s a shot of the Face-Cutout Standee that was provided by Isabelle for the Obon Festival.  You can see an Eggplant Cow and Cucumber Horse!

Ultimately visitors were only able to enter one at a time, to ensure we wouldn’t get more disconnects.  Sorry for the confusion!

Wasabi was even visited by royalty!  Even a King needs an Eggplant Cow!

Guests enjoyed posing in the Face-Cutout Standee.  It was so cute!

For future Japanese events, it seems likely that the “one at a time” rule will have to be used, only to keep things a little more regulated.  Everyone is just too excited and tries to enter the town at the same time, causing the internet to derp and disconnections happen continuously.  We will be sure to post this as a warning for all future Japanese events.  (And there are plenty of them, so if you missed this event, be sure to “like” StreetPass Long Island so you can stay informed of all ACNL JP Events!)

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Midsummer Night’s Blog Post

Whatttt??  The summer is half over??  I’ve been SOO busy with planning events for StreetPass Long Island and playing the steady stream of awesome Nintendo games that keep coming out that I’ve barely had time to enjoy the weather!  (I am ashamed to admit I have YET to go to the beach this summer.)

Before I get into my latest obsessions, here’s a quick recap of what’s going on in Animal Crossing.  I still have to get the latest Best Buy DLC!  AHH I hope it hasn’t expired yet!!

Gulliver is still suffering from PTSD and amnesia…

Gruff wins the award for most random music request AND most cultured townie in Jubilife. I literally had to look this up to understand what he was talking about. For the record, zydeco style refers to Cajun/Creole.

That’s MAYOR Madam Grooville to you! lol

Visiting the island with some Rando’s from Club Tortimer!

Jubilife townies can sleep easy knowing that we now have official police protection! (Or that they might find something they’ve lost in the Lost and Found.)

Existential questions with Vic.

Old Man Phineas approves of my coffee-making skills!

Won second place in the July Bug Off Tournament. I’d like to say that I purposely won second to get the silver trophy (since I already have the gold), but the real reason is that I was traveling that day and couldn’t devote as much time to the Bug Off!

Dizzy proves that he doesn’t have a clever name, but that he’s actually just drunk.

Still can’t afford this crown… 😦

In all honesty, I just have to thank MYSELF for having a second town on my JP 3DS, and my boyfriend JDubz, with whom I StreetPass ever single day. 🙂

Kapp’n shows his support for the 99%. Also, a bit of insight into his problems with the IRS! lol

Visiting with StreetPass Long Island members. And yes I am wearing a Reggie t-shirt in this photo lol!

T.I.Y. Home Store is officially open!

We’re starting to go GREEN here in Jubilife by installing a new Wind Turbine!

BEST NEWS EVER! Jubilife has officially reached PERFECT TOWN STATUS!!

So now you’re up to date on Jubilife.  I will probably write a special Wasabi News entry later on, since I have some stuff to report.  But here’s the REAL reasons I’ve been so busy lately:

  • New StreetPass Games!  Have you downloaded the latest update for your Nintendo 3DS?  The update includes a redesign of the StreetPass Mii Plaza, which features a more “town-like” atmosphere.  More importantly, you can also download NEW STREETPASS GAMES!  There are four to choose from.  “Mii Force” is a classic arcade shooter style game, using your StreetPass friends to supply different weapons depending on their color.  “Flower Town” is a casual collection game in which you have a beautiful garden and your goal is to grow and document as many flowers as possible, with your frequent StreetPass friends turning into Flower Pals who help you to grow rare breeds.  (You can also build and decorate gardens and take screenshots!  See below.)  “Warrior’s Way” brings new life to the classic Rock-Paper-Scissors game and turns your Mii Plaza into a growing ARMY to help you in a quest for World Domination!  “Monster Manor” is a slow-paced nod to Luigi’s Mansion, except instead of Luigi, you act as your Mii trying to find your way through a haunted house, beating up ghosts and saving your friends from unknown horrors… plus it adds a bit of Tetris to it’s game mechanic!  I love these games because there really is something for everyone.  Another added bonus is the introduction of a new form of currency:  Plaza Tickets!  With Plaza Tickets you can “buy” new hats and outfits for your Mii to wear in the StreetPass world.  Each game does come with a price (of $4.99) but all four can be bundled for a discounted price of $14.99.  Obviously I had to have them ALL!  I highly recommend checking them out.

My first garden in Flower Town.

  • EarthBound has come to Virtual Console!  This classic SNES game is a blast from the past brought to you by the year 199X.  Aliens have invaded Onett and it’s up to Ness to figure out WTF is going on!  I never played this game as a child, my first RPG was Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Nintendo, please bring this to Wii U VC?  Or… dare I ask… make it a 3D Classic??!?!?) and I didn’t touch RPG’s again until Paper Mario.  To be honest, I’d never even heard of Ness until Super Smash Bros. when he was reintroduced as a fighter.  I could never get his Up+B move to work properly, and had a grudge against him.  But I digress.  When EarthBound came out on Virtual Console for $9.99, I decided it was time to learn what Ness was all about.  Plus I’d been hearing nothing but rave reviews about the game for the past month from my StreetPass buddies.  What’s so great about this game (besides the awesome soundtrack, retro-familiar graphics and awesome RPG action) is the tongue-in-cheek humor and over-the-top storyline.  I REALLY love it!!  To show you a sample, here’s a screenshot I posted to my Miiverse profile.

“At times like this, kids like you should be playing Nintendo games.”

I’m sure you guys can understand now why I haven’t been blogging as frequently as I’d like.  But I promise (like I always do… but this time I SUPER DUPER MEAN IT!!) to make a better effort to post my random updates on what videogames I’m playing and stuff.  (Did I mention I also started a new game in Harvest Moon: A New Beginning?  Yeah…)  So tell me, what games are YOU playing?

The Countdown Begins!

It’s time for a regular blog post.  I know I’ve been doing a lot of Wasabi News and random posts about Nintendo and body wash, and for those looking for a bit more… well, I apologize.  Life keeps me busy but I try to make time to post what I know the majority of my readers want to see, at least once a week.  Today I want to make some announcements, so here’s a BONUS REGULAR POST!!

ANNOUNCEMENT 1:

There’s only 30 more days to wait until the release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf!  I’m sure it’s no surprise that I am SUPER EXCITED!  I’ll be downloading the digital version of this game at 12AM on 6/9.  I’ve waited long enough, dammit!  I don’t really care about the box art, yes I’m sure it’s very nice but it’s just more important to me to have AC:NL with me at all times, and I don’t have to worry about finding/losing the game cartridge.  (Yes, I’ll still have to worry about losing my 3DS…  lol!  But that’s always a concern.  I keep it close to me always!)  I can’t wait until I won’t have to carry about both my Pikachu 3DS XL and my JP 3DS daily.  I’ll still play in Wasabi occasionally but my new game will be my “main game.”  Wasabi, most of the time, will be staying at home, unless there’s a big AC:NL event to attend and I’ll bring it with me to get extra StreetPasses!

Speaking of which… I am still toying with names for my US AC:NL town.  I’m pretty much decided that I want to use a Pokemon town name.  Keep in mind that preliminary underground press is reporting that you might not be able to have a town name that is longer than 7 characters.  So I’m trying to find the perfect, short Pokemon town name for my game.  Wanna help me pick the town name?  Here’s what I’m toying with:

  • Azalea [Town] – Johto
  • Eterna [City] – Sinnoh
  • Jubilife [City] – Sinnoh (I really love this one but I’m pretty sure it’s too long!  Wahhh!)
  • Nimbasa [City] – Unova
  • Olivine [City] – Johto
  • Pallet [Town] – Kanto

For those wondering, all the Hoenn region town names are really long, so those are pretty much out.  What do you think?  Any suggestions?

ANNOUNCEMENT 2:

Today begins the registration from the latest Pokemon B/W/B2/W2 WIFI Tournament, called the 2013 Spring Friendly.  Since I missed the past couple of WIFI Tournaments, I do plan to participate in this one.  Registration is open from 5/9 – 5/16.  The actual Tournament will be held via WIFI from 5/17 – 5/20.  For those interested, here’s the Ruleset:

  • Battle Format: Single Battle
  • Rankings will be decided based on player Ratings at the end of the competition.
  • Players may use only Pokémon found in the Unova Pokédex of Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.
  • Pokémon may not hold the item Soul Dew.
  • Pokémon may not use the move Sky Drop or Dark Void during battle.
  • For details, check the Rules section.

I will have to double check the Unova Pokedex for B&W2.  There are some older gen Pokemon in that Unova ‘Dex.  I need a refresher!  I haven’t even looked at my Pokemon game since the PVGC…

Also, quick reminder that there is an ongoing Deoxys WiFi Mystery Gift Event right now!  Don’t forget to download Deoxys to your game – he’s level 100!  The Mystery Gift event ends on May 31st so don’t delay!

ANNOUNCEMENT 3: THE BIG ONE!!

OK I’ve been saving the best for last.  Guess what, Glux Blog readers?  I am taking a trip next month.  From June 10 – June 15th I’ll be on the west coast, visiting Los Angeles and Las Vegas.  What am I doing over there, you might ask?  Well…

That’s right!  JDubz and I are going to E3!!!

I am SOO EXCITED!  Not only will this be my first trip to the west coast, but JDubz and I will be attending the E3 Conference as interns for Island Officials.  We’re also going to be meeting up with Jenn (aka Vella) from sosostris.com to see the “Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” concert once again!  And after the conference, we’re going to road trip it up and drive through the desert to visit Las Vegas!  OMG!  I am beyond excited!  I can’t wait to report to you all, EXCLUSIVELY, about all the latest upcoming games, gadgets and electronics at E3!  What’s amazing is that the Glux Blog is not owned by any major corporation, and I don’t have to answer to anybody.  What does that mean for you?  Unedited, uncensored, instant reporting for you!  No waiting for an editor to approve my news updates.  No big brother company making me sway my opinions to fit a corporate agenda.  So when you are looking for the latest news from E3, forget Kotaku!  Check the Glux Blog, or more likely my Facebook and Twitter accounts, for up-to-the-minute updates, news and photos!  I’ll do my best to blog daily as well.

So now the Countdown begins!  30 Days Until Animal Crossing: New Leaf!  31 Days Until E3!!  June is going to be the BEST MONTH EVARRRR!!!

PAX Preview

This upcoming weekend is the PAX East Video Game Convention, being held in Boston, MA.  The Con will take place from 3/22-3/24.  JDubz and I will be in attendance, just like at New York Comic Con, and I plan to give you Glux Blog readers full coverage of the event!  But to make things even more exciting, I also want to announce that I’ll be speaking in a PANEL at PAX!  As a Co-Founder of StreetPass Long Island, I was invited to speak on a panel discussing StreetPass Groups.  For more info on our panel, please visit the official PAX site:  http://east.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/streetpass-network-bridging-gamers-within-the-community

I’ve never spoken on a panel like this before, so I’m very excited!  I will be covering what my own group (SPLI) has accomplished in the 7 short months we’ve been in existence, as well as discussing some more established StreetPass groups, such as StreetPass NYC and StreetPass Arizona.  The panel takes place on Friday at 12:30.  All I have to do is survive the panel, and then I can run around and enjoy the Con!  I was hoping to do a cosplay outfit, but unfortunately I ran out of time.  I do plan to bring/wear my giant oversized Pikachu costume/footie pajamas.  It’s been so cold this week, I welcome the idea of wearing a ridiculous full body fleece Pikachu costume lol!

Most likely I’ll be tweeting live from the event (assuming the building has WIFI or I can get 3G service inside, unlike how it was at NYCC’s Javits Center, where I could get no cell service whatsoever…) but not sure which account I’ll be using.  To be sure you get all the updates, please follow both @gluxbox and @StreetPass_LI on Twitter.  🙂

When I get back I’ll write a big blog covering all the details so look out for that as well!  If any of you guys are going to PAX, please let me know so we can StreetPass!  😀

New Discoveries in わさび!

Mayor’s Log

1/16/13

There was a lot of excitement in Wasabi this morning.  The first thing I noticed was a fancy purple tent set up in the Town Plaza.  Not sure what to expect, I ventured inside.  Sitting at a low, purple table, surrounded by candles, books and clay pots was an exotic looking cat (panther?).  King Squirt once said that she is a fortune teller who goes by Katrina, and used to have a shop set up in the city by Shaolin.  I guess she’s a traveling fortune teller now?  Without knowing what she would say, I agreed to pay ฿300 (I forget exactly… but it wasn’t much) to have my fortune read.

I have no idea what my fortune was.  But she put me in a trance of some kind and we flew off to outerspace and there were lights and circles and stars…  It looked epic.  The only change I noticed for the rest of the day was that there were more balloons floating overhead so I guess that was my fortune?

When I made my way up to the strip mall, I noticed (and heard) a lot of construction going on!  There’s a big blue tarp covering up something but I think I know what it’s going to be – a new Flower Shop!  I can’t wait to finally be able to buy flower seeds tomorrow!

Another exciting thing that happened this morning was when I went to donate fossils to the museum.  Turns out I finally completed my first dinosaur fossil!  I forget what it’s called (yeahh I have no idea) but here it is, in it’s completed glory!

A little later on, we had our first snow flurry in Wasabi!  I thought it was so cute, the lil brother Shih-tzu (I really need to learn their names.  It’s getting awkward.) was wearing an adorable little raincoat!  I love this guy.  He’s too cute!

Unfortunately the snow didn’t last.  Only a few hours later the sun was out and my townies were feeling frisky.  Wendy suggested that we all play Hide and Seek!  How fun!  I guess they took it easy on me, because I found them all fairly quickly.

I think Wendy, the sheep resident, is really cool.  But I didn’t really know enough about her – and I realized I’d never even been inside her house!  So I made it a point to visit her while she was home so I could check out her digs.  That was when I had a major realization about Wendy.

I stepped inside her house to find an adorable Cafe/Diner set up.  At first I was thinking, “What the heck…?” but then I took a closer look at her.

Is it just me, or is Wendy’s head made out of a stack of hamburgers?  And wait – she’s not a piñata… her body is made of FRENCH FRIES!  She’s actually THE WENDY, of Wendy’s Restaurants fame!  Now I see Wendy in a whole new light.  And that new light makes me hungry…

1/17/13

Today I discovered that the Delicious Cherry Tree I’d planted was finally fully grown!  Aren’t my delicious cherries beautiful?  I almost don’t want to pick them.  (But I did lol.)

I also discovered my first hybrid flower – an orange daisy!

On top of that, I also received my very first BADGE!  I assume it’s for fishing.  I was so proud!

I also ran into the newest resident of Wasabi.  I didn’t catch his name.  I might have purposely not paid attention lol!  Also… I really don’t like him.  He’s ugly and stupid looking.  😦

Finally, to end the day correctly, I finally paid off my house loan!  How exciting!  Now I can upgrade my house once again.  Can’t wait to see how much that will cost me…

1/18/13

Today I was very busy, so I didn’t get to explore much around Wasabi.  😦

However, there was one HUGE thing that happened!  I was so excited!  I got my first StreetPass visitor!!

Her name is… uh…  anybody’s guess.  But here’s a photo of her house, which is much larger and more glamorous than my own.  Feast your eyes!

Wow she has almost the full mermaid set!  And a 7-Eleven sign!  I didn’t get a chance to take pics of every room.  Some of the rooms were unfinished, and I was too busy ordering as much as I could from her catalog to remember to take more pics.  But the best thing about StreetPass is that I can go bother this random girl and invade her house whenever I want!  Awesome!

Right before bed, I realized that the new East Side Bridge was complete!  We had a quick little celebration for the bridge and then I went to sleep.  Tomorrow was going to be a big day – the Fishing Tournament!

 

Prelude to the Goddesses Concert

Yesterday I attended the Legend of Zelda: Prelude to the Goddesses Concert at the Nintendo World Store!

Now, I know what you might be thinking. “Wait, what? Didn’t Glux already attend the Symphony of the Goddesses concert earlier this summer? Doesn’t the word prelude mean something that precedes, or comes before something else?” Well, you are correct! However, the concert I went to was in Philadelphia. The Symphony of the Goddesses is coming to NYC in November, so this was a little teaser event to get people excited about the show. This was a free event that was going to start at 6PM.

Prelude to the Goddesses Ticket

Of course, since this was an official Nintendo event in NYC, that means you have to get there really early just to get in! JDubz and I got there around 3:15 and they had already given out wristbands to the front of the line. Luckily we got in on the next batch that they handed out, but we weren’t able to get inside until well after 6PM. The Nintendo World Store is actually fairly small, and was pretty much at capacity with about 200 attendees.

The first part of the event was an Ocarina Workshop and a merchandise stand on the ground floor selling concert t-shirts, posters and even ocarinas! The workshop was pretty interesting; I have some videos of it up on YouTube. The quality isn’t great but I recorded it with my 3DS so… oh well! 😛

Ocarina Guy starts playing Zelda music!

The guy giving the lecture was pretty kickass at playing Ocarina too! It was very interesting, but we had to rush upstairs because we wanted to get a decent spot for the concert. We ended up off to the side, but I tried my best to get as close as possible to the action!

The concert itself was very cool. The ensemble was only 6 instruments, compared to the full orchestra in the real Symphony. Since the store is small, the concert had a more intimate vibe. They played some Zelda staples, and also added some exclusive arrangements, like the theme from Beedle’s Shop, which isn’t in the set list of the Symphony of the Goddesses. (That I can remember anyway lol!)

Show Time!

I have to admit it was a long day of standing around and we were so beat that we ducked out of the concert early. But it was a lot of fun, we got to hang out with our friends at StreetPass NYC. I got a ton of StreetPasses of course, and I got all the puzzle pieces that I needed to complete the Kirby’s 20th Anniversary and New Super Mario Bros. 2 puzzles. Sweet!

In other news, I officially preordered Pokemon Black 2 and a Wii U! I was disappointed though, we tried to preorder the Wii U at GameStop and they said they were sold out already! So we did preorders at Best Buy, but that store isn’t as reliable, and they don’t do cool things like midnight launches. So if I hear that GameStop is accepting preorders again, I’ll switch my reservation. 😛

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

On July 25th, I went down to Philadelphia, PA with JDubz to attend the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert!  I was super psyched.  Philly seems to host all the cool video game related events lately.  Although there is a concert date in November for NYC, I’m not sure if I’m going to go to that one.

Philadelphia is a pretty nice city.  It has a good mix of historical and modern architecture.  Plus who doesn’t love a hot, sizzling Philly cheesesteak?  We got down to the Mann Field just before showtime.  The venue was outdoors, but had a covered main seating area.  There was also a great lawn behind the regular seats, but we didn’t get a chance to go back there.  We heard some dog barking from back in the grass area though… guess even doggies like Zelda!

I tried to take pictures, but we were a little too far to get any kind of cool photos with my 3DS.  However, I did get some nice video clips!  The sound quality is pretty good too.  I wish I could share this in 3D, but you can’t send videos via Swapnote!  😦

Symphony of the Goddesses Video 1

Symphony of the Goddesses Video 2

Symphony of the Goddesses Video 3

That last video was taken by my cell phone.  Surprisingly, the audio and video quality is better on the 3DS!  (Maybe it’s just that my cell phone sucks tho lol!)  I’m not going to bother posting the photos that I took… they came out like crap.  Maybe next time I’ll bring a REAL camera that can actually zoom.  And that has a flash.  Yeah….

The big news of the day, other than the amazing concert of course, was that I reached a new StreetPass milestone!  I had been hoping to unlock this achievement, and I finally did…  100 StreetPass tags in one day!  Seriously this show was a StreetPass frenzy.  My 3DS was blinking green ALL NIGHT LONG!  In fact, JDubz and I stood by the exit after the show just to get extra StreetPass tags.  My StreetPass Plaza population is over 600 now.  Wahoo!!

In case you were wondering… Yes they do sell some merchandise at the show.  They were selling t-shirts for $25, as well as poster and t-shirt bundles for $35.  (I think.  I don’t recall exactly what the prices were.)  If you are going to a Symphony of the Goddesses show and intend to buy some merch, be sure to do so fairly early on.  When we went to purchase our t-shirts, they only had size small or extra large left.  These shirts sell out fast!

There will be another show in my area in November.  The symphony will be playing at Madison Square Garden in NYC.  The tickets for that show are pretty overpriced, so JDubz and I are considering just going to the venue and standing outside to get more StreetPass tags.  Are we crazy/hardcore or what??  😛