We had such a blast meeting you lovely people at the inaugural Nintendo Life Gaming Night last year, that it was a no-brainer to team up again with our chums at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, England and do another event. Thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday 30th July 2016 for what turned out to be another fun evening, even if we do say so ourselves.
The museum staff went all out this year and brought out some really historic Nintendo gems for attendees to try out including TV Game Racing 112, Nintendo Colour 6 and even the Bung Doctor V64. Of course all the classic Nintendo consoles that you'll be familiar with were present and correct too, and the even the poor old Virtual Boy was a popular attraction with visitors.
Retrospective22 made a great impression with a pop-up store selling custom consoles and other assorted retro gaming goodies. In addition to this we had Utopian World of Sandwiches join us to show off the excellent Chompy Chomp Chomp Party along with Crystalline Green who showed off upcoming Wii U eShop games Flight of Light and Gear Gauntlet.
Of course the main attraction of the evening was our Mario Kart 8 tournament, which attracted a large crowd of spectators - in a relatively small and humid room! - and had some nail-biting moments. Naturally our very own YouTuber Alex Olney was on hand to provide excellent commentary throughout the tournament. 32 contestants battled through 8 matches to get through to the semi-finals, then we had the 1v1 grand finale in which Brie Overkamp won with her amazing Baby Mario skills. We were happy to award her with an amazing and MASSIVE Mario Kart leaf trophy for her efforts.
After a fun packed evening everyone went home feeling suitably entertained and impressed. The talented and helpful chaps who run this commendable museum have since reported that the event was another smash hit from their perspective, and it's highly likely that we'll be holding more Nintendo Life gaming nights there in the future. If you attended then please do post your thoughts below, and let us know what you'd like to see at future events!
A big thank you to all of the museum volunteers who dedicated their time on the evening to make the event so special.