The #NintendoKids event
Two weeks ago I informed my four little monsters that we had been invited to a Nintendo event in London.
All four of them love going to London at any time, but tying a day trip with the #NintendoKids event meant they were excited from the start.
We opted to drive part-way and get the tube the rest, rather than jumping on the overground trains at Chelmsford. I reasoned that they would probably be subject to engineering works over the weekend, and besides, it’s far easier to keep four kids close when they are in a car.
Being in a car also gave us the opportunity to throw together a quick vlog on the way home too!
Giving them the option to either drive to Epping or Wanstead where we could park up and jump on the Central Line, they queries the various merits of each station. Wanstead is fewer stops to Holborn, where we need to get off the train. Both Epping and Wanstead are as far from Chelmsford as each other. Epping is a nicer area.
Wanstead was chosen by majority rule, and we soon found ourselves parking up and getting on our way.
We hadn’t known what to expect when we got there, but entering the doors pretty much bang on 11am when they opened, we found ourselves the third family to enter the building.
What we saw was wall-to-wall Nintendo. From entering where there was a giant backdrop of a world from Mario, through to a Nintendo-themed photobooth, Nintendo handheld games, Nintendo balloons and Nintendo-themed cake decorating.
Although the venue itself wasn’t massive, it was filled to the brim with things to do, and within seconds of wandering through the doors, all four kids had raced off to explore for themselves.
I took a quick look round, primarily to make sure that there was no escape route for the youngest to wander off to, as I know he probably would do. I needn’t have worried though, as the venue was laid out superbly so that never would have been a problem. Not only that, but my youngest, aged 8, didn’t make it past the Pokemon games before becoming totally engrossed.
By the time I’d watched him for a little while I decided to make my way towards the back, where a balloon artist was in full flow. Regular readers will know of my love and sheer astonishment at what the wonderful Balloon Baboon can do with balloons, and this guy was on the same level.
Interacting with kids and adults alike, it was obvious that he was a master of his art, and among the fantastic Mario balloon that he made for us (below) he made Nintendo invincibility stars, Princess Peach, Yoshi and many others.
Whilst the balloons kept us occupied for a while, it soon came the turn of the cupcake stand and the face painting stand to hold our interest.
The main attraction, however, was the games.
Unusually for my kids, they all seemed to enjoy different games on the day.
Whilst my son seemed thoroughly enthralled by Pokemon, and was hard to tear away from that, the elder girls had fun playing on the likes of Tomodachi Life - a game which, even though I have seen being played and have since read the synopsis, still eludes me completely.
The favourites were by far the following:
TOMODACHI LIFE - http://www.haveyouseen.com/4y4b - £25.00
Throw yourself into Nintendo’s craziest world yet with Tomodachi Life, your own personal soap opera. You can create friends, family or anyone you like as Mii characters, and then watch over their lives and interactions on your own Tomodachi island. Dress them up, watch them fall in love and write songs for them to sing – you can even see inside their dreams. With so many possibilities, there’s endless fun available for anyone that gets their hands on it. PEGI 3
MARIO KART 8 - http://www.haveyouseen.com/4y4a - £39.99
Defy the laws of gravity with the best Mario Kart yet, riding up vertical walls and driving across ceilings, with over 32 different courses to race on. You can also take the race global, competing with players online from across the world. And now with Mario Kart TV, you can share your best races with your friends on YouTube and Miiverse. With stacks of new items for you to get your hands on (from Boomerangs to Piranha Plants) as well as the new and improved courses, this is a must-have for any gaming fan. PEGI 3
SUPER SMASH BROS - http://www.haveyouseen.com/4y49 - £39.85
The Nintendo universe collides once again, as franchises from all corners come together to battle in this epic multiplayer favourite. Classic characters have been given a makeover to come back better than ever, whilst new characters join the fight too, including Pac-Man, Palutena and your very own Mii. You can also customise their move sets to suit your style; so with this crowd, every battle will be a classic.
Unique levels are waiting on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS & 2DS versions, along with new items and online play too – where you can battle “For Fun” or “For Glory”. There’s also the brand new “Smash Run” mode, exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version, giving up to four players five minutes to fight solo through a huge battlefield and see who comes out on top. So what are you waiting for? Let the smashing begin. PEGI 12
POKÉMON OMEGA RUBY - http://www.haveyouseen.com/4y48 - £33.00
Prepare for an epic adventure exploring a world filled with Pokémon! Pokémon fans first enjoyed Pokémon Ruby Version and Pokémon Sapphire Version when it launched in 2003 for Game Boy Advance. Now, a whole new generation of Pokémon fans will experience the dramatic storyline that unfolds in Pokémon Omega Ruby.
Explore the region of Hoenn - rich with natural beauty, a variety of Pokémon and extraordinary people – and become a Pokémon master in the latest instalment of the series.
NINTENDO 2DS TRANSPARENT BLUE - http://www.haveyouseen.com/4y47 - £114.99
Presenting this ideal entry level console in new eye-catching forms, both offerings are transparent in design (aside from the side panelling) revealing the skeleton of the system underneath both the front and back of the system casing.
Santa, if you happen to be reading this, I’ve been good this year, honest. I’d LOVE a 3DS with Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros please!