NYCC/ XY Nintendo World Launch Recap!
by, 18th October 2013 at 01:27 AM (688 Views)
I don't think I've still recovered.
Last weekend was absolutely exhausting, but rewarding. I knew NYCC would be off the hook when X and Y were announced to be released around the world that weekend. My big toe is still bruised.
So let's cut to the chase. I had a 4-day badge and cosplayed as a Litwick on Thursday and a Mega Absol on Friday and Saturday. Thursday night into Friday I was brazen enough to camp on the sidewalk outside Nintendo World to guarantee myself an early spot to buy my game. There were maybe 50 people in line in front of me. When I got in line, I found out that people had started to wait in line two weeks before, but then they were dissipated and the store officially allowed them to line up starting on Wednesday. Also, I barely slept that night because the guys in front of me wouldn't stop talking! (despite packing my sleeping bag)
Early Friday morning, something hilarious happened that was very appropriate given one of the Kalos starters. I present to you, the #TeamFennekin anthem:
YES, that's Ylvis performing his viral song on the Today Show within earshot!
So we waited for hours more (we could leave the line while others watched our stuff... I went to NYCC for a few hours and came back), and then they handed out different colored wristbands for every 100 people in line. The first 100 got blue and white wristbands, then they handed out, black, red, etc. When the games were being sold, they called each color wristband up a half-hour at a time to go inside the store.
The event finally opened a little after 8. There was a DJ spinning great dance music, inflatables of the version mascots near the entrance and the starters on the stage, a game demo area, and a photo booth. There wasn't much to do compared to the BW2 event at SIR Stage 37 last year, but it definitely felt more pumped up.
The MC was dressed as Serena (and actually changed her wig and jewelry as the night went on to demonstrate character customization) and called people up on stage to show off their cosplays, freeze dance, play trivia, Name That Pokemon, and Trainer Says. There were also game trailers and demos. I went up in my Mega Absol cosplay for the first costume showcase, and so did a friend of mine in his Lucario fursuit. Then there was a marriage proposal during the second one! It turned out they were the co-founders of Street Pass Long Island.
Before midnight, they played a video from Masuda about how the worldwide release meant everybody started their journeys at the same time, and counted down to midnight. Although I had the first color of wristband to be called in, it was hard to get to the store because thousands of people had decided to wait near the entrance instead of by the stage where the sound was better. Finally I went inside, got my game and some swag like posters and pins, and left. I saw that the line STILL stretched around the block at 12:20 a.m.
I went to the nearest bar and had a glass of French wine to celebrate Kalos. Nobody else seemed to mind my cosplay and tons of bags.
The next day, I went to a Street Pass panel at NYCC. The presenters included the couple who was engaged and some other representatives of Nintendo-related fan groups. The gist of the panel was that Pokemon was the first Nintendo game to create collaborative communities, and that eventually lead to Street Pass. Another guy from a local Pokemon DS group said that he liked Gen V because, for the NYC area, Unova "was our game."
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