On Friday, July 16, the Wii Games: Summer 2010 launched with a grand ceremony to kick off a summer of free family fun. The event was held in a massive air conditioned tent where there were games all over the place for both competition and free-play. The grand opening included all the festivities and goodies you would expect from something that Nintendo is pushing hard for this Summer. It is interesting to note that this is the first nation-wide competition hosted by Nintendo in over a decade. Click “Read More” below to check out all the fun.
The celebration kicked off with an over-the-top entrance featuring Mario, Luigi and Olympic gold medalist, Shawn Johnson. David Young welcomed all who attended the event yesterday, and gave us the run down of how exactly the competition was going to work throughout the day. But first we were all given this special treat seen in the video below.
As you can see, Mario won. It was absolute heartbreak for all the Luigi fans, including myself. All the kids from the various youth groups in New York/New Jersey sounded like they were sure loving it, though.
After the welcoming and the hula hoop action, the competition was underway. Each team played in five different games and took the scores from each to come up with a total. The highest totals across the nation would be flown to Los Angeles, CA at the end of the Summer to compete for the championship! After being briefed on the rules of the competition, the five games played were bowling (Wii Sports), basketball (Wii Sports Resort), Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In that order.
Aside from the games being played for the competition, there were also a bunch of systems set-up to play all of the most popular Wii titles. Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, and any great Wii title you can name was there. Even some great downloadable titles, such as World of Goo and Super Mario Bros. 3 were present.
Playing the free-play games also earned you coins. These coins allowed you to redeem various prizes from Nintendo plush toys to Wii remote skins. As you can see, the more coins you got, the better prizes you were able to redeem. I wish I took home a Yoshi plush.
The last cool bit from the event worth mentioning were the custom T-shirts each attendee was able to receive. I took home a nice Goomba T-shirt with “Ninferno” printed on the front. Yeah, I’m awesome. Did I mention this was all free? Free T-shirts, free gaming and free prizes. You have no reason not to go!
If you missed the opening yesterday, you can still come through today or tomorrow morning at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. The fun begins at 11am and stretches until 6pm. For more information on the event, just click here. Also, be sure to check out all the pictures from the event below.