Girl Gamers UK were invited to attend â€˜Britainâ€™s Best Nintendo Gamer 2010â€™ event on Saturday 23rd October at Millbank Tower, London. We were very excited at the prospect of seeing the top 16 finalists who made it through the coin battle heatsÂ in New Super Mario Bros Wii, which were held across Britain with association with GAME and Gamestation. Girl GamersÂ UK waited anxiously as the finalists arrived by coach and walked past the special red roped barrier into the building where the event was taking place.
Nintendo welcomed the finalists, along with their friends and family, as they made their way up to the 2nd floor of Millband Tower.
Many of the gamers were dressed up as British Spy officer 007 James Bond, kitted out in the famous black tuxedo and silk bow tie, to celebrate the pre-launch of GoldenEye 007 and the best dressed competition â€˜Dress to Thrillâ€™.
A selection of HDTVâ€™s and consoles were set up around the room for gamers to try outÂ the latest releases from Nintendo which included games such as; Metroid: Other M, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Professor Layton and the Lost Future, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Epic Mickey, and Wii Party.
A special corner was set up for Guitar Hero fans and they lined up to battle it out on the new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The winner went on to receive a Limited edition Red Wii Bundle. As you can see from the photograph, some gamers were literally dressed up as punks and rocking out to the latest rock tracks. Girl Gamers UK are loving the bright green punk hairstyle.
Mario himself made a surprise appearance during the opening event and shook hands with finalists and guests. He even found enough time to give me a quick cuddle. As you can see from the photograph, we had an amazing time.
Various competitions were held across the room, which had gamers competing on New Super Mario Bros Wii to collect as many famous gold coins in a Nintendo level to see if they could win one of the Limited Edition Red Wii Bundles. The 16 finalists were rewarded with one yearâ€™s supply of Nintendo games and a new Nintendo 3DS, once itâ€™s been released.
During the afternoon, the 16 finalists were led down to a secret room in which they had a number of Nintendo Wiiâ€™s set up with GoldenEye 007. The finalists were put into teams and had to battle it out through several heats against each other in the GoldenEye game. After the session, the 16 very excited and anxious finalists moved to the small theatre where their game would be projected onto a big screen.
This was a good opportunity for everyone to see what the gameplay was like as they each took turns to battle it out. It was intense, pulses were racing, fingers were moving frantically over the classic Nintendo Wii controllers, and sweat and determination was the only thing getting these finalists through this testing and gruelling time.
There was fun, laughter, concentration and skill ensuring an entertaining gameplay session. Cheers and shouts from the audience encouraged the players. After all, this would allow the winner to go to New York and visit Nintendo World with four of their family members.
During the event there was also the best dressed competition called â€˜Dressed To Thrillâ€™ where Nintendo would judge the best dressed gamer. Most of the audience were dressed as James Bond, but the true winner that came out on top was a gamer dressed as a russian soldier, equipped with a AK-47 weapon.
As we return to the GoldenEye game, the finalists battled it out on screen. We watched the excitement grow even stronger during the 10 minute gameplay. There could be only one person crowned as Britainâ€™s Best Nintendo Gamer 2010 winner and that was Connor Duffy. Connor received a red Dsi XL, a yearâ€™s supply of games and a trip to the states. Girl Gamers UK congratulated Connor after he received his prizes and he looked excited at the prospect of going to New York, after the intial shaking and nerves had passed. We caught up with Connor after the event for an interview, which will be here on GGUK later in the week, along with video footage from the event. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Nintendo for inviting us to this great event. Everyone went home with a special Nintendo bag filled with various goodies. I found Princess Peach in mine.
The 16 finalists were:
Duncan Donald McDonald Ingram
Yee Cheung Chan
And, of course, the overall winner: Connor Duffy