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586 People Playing DS Earns Them a World Record

Posted by James Newton

London's MCM Expo made history

What's the largest number of people you've ever seen playing DS at one time? Four? Ten? Thirty? Then this video will blow your mind.

Okay, not really. Last weekend's MCM Expo in London was home to a Guinness World Record attempt by gamers to smash the record of "Largest Handheld Game Console Party", held by Australia since 2007 with a group of 381 DS gamers. That record fell last weekend to a group of 586 DS owners crammed into one room, with Guinness adjudicator Damian Field saying:

It is a tremendous achievement for the MCM Expo to reach a number of 586 smashing the existing world record of 381. It’s rare for a UK mass participation to reach over 500.

The achievement of getting nearly 600 people into one room to play DS games is commendable, though it's not clear whether they were playing wirelessly with each other or were simply in the same room. With that many people all we can do is imagine the amazing Mario Kart DS tournaments you'd be able to organise and congratulate everyone who took part.

[via aussie-nintendo.com]

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User Comments (20)

MrPanic

#1

MrPanic said:

Nice for them that they broke a record, although the record of "Largest Handheld Game Console Party" is a stupid idea for a record in my opinion.

RaylaxStaff

#3

Raylax said:

I'd just like you all to know that I just set a new world record for "Greatest Number Of People Hanging Off The Back Of A Sofa Playing Handheld Games Consoles." It now stands at 1.

RaylaxStaff

#6

Raylax said:

@Prosody: But I'm the only one in the house. Then I'd be setting the "Greatest Number Of People Hanging Off The Back Of A Sofa Playing Handheld Games Consoles, Whilst Attempting To Take Their Own Photo Upside-Down Without Dropping The Camera" record. I don't want that one, I'd need a certificate printed on A3.

jhuhn

#8

jhuhn said:

If anyone is going to Toronto in late August for Fan Expo 2010, there is a good chance we could try to break that record if we can get at least 1,000 visitors playing the DS(i) at the same time.

HipsterDashie

#9

HipsterDashie said:

Awesome expo, sadly I went along on the Sunday, so I missed this attempt. still, I had good fun. :)

Malouff

#10

Malouff said:

To bad there is no DS(i) game that will let 381 or 586 gamers link to play together.

What is the most that can link something like 8 for Mario Kart and something like 16 for brain age calculation.

I wonder if they even had 16 people linked together in such large group of gamers in one place.

Kevin

#13

Kevin said:

Can't believe there are people out there that actually keep track of these sort of things. Crazy if you ask me.

HipsterDashie

#14

HipsterDashie said:

@10

that doesn't count because Brain Age/Training isn't what I consider to be a real game. XD

I know Tetris DS can have up to ten players going at once via download play. I'm not sure how many people can be in the union room at once on DPPtHgSs...

TLink9

#15

TLink9 said:

I can beat that, it is just basicly who can find the most people then make them play a ds.

Ryon

#18

Ryon said:

cause you can earn a world record for almost anything nowadays.

i wore 100 pairs of underwear, i get a world record!

sykotek

#19

sykotek said:

...all they would need to do is ask all attendees of this year's E3 to bring their portables, get someone from Guinness there and bam, record crushed, would it even need to be the same handheld to be considered the largest game console party?

@Raylax: Your comment reminded me of the guy that got shot with a record number of paintballs only to find out it doesn't stand because there wasn't an official there to witness it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QcQU5yYuCU

gamepopper

#20

gamepopper said:

Believe it or not, that's the video I recorded in the attempt. I don't know about what the majoritory of people were playing, though there were many people playing different versions of Pokemon. I played Bangai-O Spirits and the guy sitting next to me was playing a shoot 'em up. I also remember 8 people were removed from the count for not playing on their DS (and one guy tried to use a hand drawn and cut-out DS). I couldn't record the entire event of course because we all had to play for 10 minutes non-stop.

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