Super Smash Bros 3DS and Local Tournaments at Gamestop and the Nintendo World Store: Personal Experiences

Finally, the last couple of events that I wanted to inform you on is the pre-launch event for Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS on October 2, 2014. This event was from 8pm to midnight. It was filled with a lot of waiting. A lot of sitting around, standing around and getting fast food from the closest (read: unhealthiest) stores nearby. These lines are a lot more dramatic than they sound… especially when you’re familiar with a lot of the people that tend to group up towards the front of the line. One day I will make a blog post (or rather, a really long complaint/rant) on line management.

Meanwhile…

The first 30 people or so who were lined up on the evening of October 1 received official Super Smash Bros cinch sacks. Then the first waves of people were able to receive a white (with red words) cotton towel from purchasing the game.

On October 3, the official launch date, select Best Buys were actually giving out a gold coin for those who have preordered the game.

Super Smash Bros 3DS (Taken by @ARedMaple)

This photo was taken by my good friend @aredmaple on Instagram displaying the towel and (his + his friends) copies of the game and gold coin from Best Buy.

The pre-launch event also marked the opening of the Nintendo World Store with their mini gallery to be on display from October 3, 2014 to January 3, 2015.

To commemorate the launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo and it’s partners have created exclusive artwork to introduce a selection of new characters joining the battle. Nintendo World is presenting this collection, for a limited time, as part of our seas long celebration of the franchise starting up to the launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS on 10/3/14 and leading up to the launch of Super Smash Bros on Wii U this holiday season.

The following Saturday, October 4 were the local Super Smash Bros 3DS tournaments. One was held at the Nintendo World Store and the other was held at the GameStop located at 14th Street Union Square. They were held at select GameStops over the country. Now, these are 64-player tournaments. These were on a first-come, first-serve basis. I was told that all participants in the local tournament received a t-shirt and got a towel–the same black and white towel that was given out this year at Pax Prime.

As a disclaimer, I really don’t suggest reading beyond this point because this is just a long complaint detailing how I failed to participate in the local tournament for Super Smash Bros 3DS.
On the night of October 3, there were at least 15 people that were camping out overnight at the Nintendo World Store. Personally, I didn’t think it was worth it. I decided to just go to Gamestop early in the morning.

Quite honestly, my friend and I were at Nintendo World early in the morning to check out the line. The Nintendo World Store staff were giving out wristbands to mark the 64 people. So my friend and I decided to go on the line to see if we could actually make it within the 64. The really funny story is that the last wristband went to the second person right in front of my friend. Bad luck, right?

Line at Nintendo World

We decided to go head to Gamestop then. We made it there about 10 minutes later. It’s 7:25am or so. Still quite a few hours to go. We were probably 30th or so in line. That sounded like great news. Despite the rain and almost making it to the Nintendo World tournament. However, it continued to rain pretty hard, and my place on line kept on increasing. It slowly turned to 40, then 50 and then it became really unclear where we stood in line. I mean, naturally we complained to the Gamestop staff–Gamestop having opened their store at 10am that day. The Nintendo representative reassured us that they would try to get more than the 64 people to play, especially considering that we were close to the 64th mark. They would also try to see if they can ration off some of their giveaways.

Either way, we went back on line and waited. Eventually the representative went out and started giving out pairs of Super Smash Bros Stickers. There was only a half hour left to go. My hands were pretty wrinkly and pruney at this point. I was pretty cold. Clothes and boots were soaked. I wondered how anyone of us on line could even still play. Most people stopped practicing on their DS because they had to hold up umbrellas.

Line at Gamestop taken at 9:30am

We had finally reached the 11am mark. Someone was handing out number cards to people on line. My friend and I were told that we were probably going to make it within the 64 people who were going to participate. Needless to say, the 64th person was the person right in front of us. That’s probably the most terrible way to spend a morning.

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