Yesterday, I attended the Wii Games: Summer 2010 Kickoff Celebration at Liberty Park in New Jersey. A gay old time was had by all in a wide tent that was erected to house the first ever nationwide Wii video game tournament. Playing a variety of games, competitors fought it out for the chance to win a trip to Los Angeles for the national championships. Casual gamers were also encouraged to join in on the super fun free play that earned you coins you could exchange for Super Mario themed prizes like mushroom candy and toy 1-UPs! Outside the tent, scads of participants registered as a casual player or for direct competition.
Inside there were oodles of kiosks with every game imaginable, including New Super Mario Bros. special Coin-op Battle and Mario Cart Wii Time Trial. The event was hosted by 2008 Olympic gold medalist: Shawn Johnson who kicked off the event with a Mario and Luigi parade with kids from neighboring towns. After the parade Miss Johnson was available for some questions on her gaming habits.
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ROCsteady: Hi Shawn! So we know you love to dance but would you consider yourself an avid gamer?
Shawn: I love playing games! The Wii has really sparked my interest in gaming! Especially Wii Sport Games!
Its obvious you’re a fan of the Wii but do you own any other consoles?
I do not own any other consoles at the moment but after playing the Wii I definatly want to try them!
When your not training, what video games do you play?
Mostly active, sport themed games, especially Wii bowling
So be honest, are you super awesome at Dance Dance Revolution or other dance games?
I wouldn’t say I’m super awesome but I absolutely Love DDR! It’s a lot of fun!
Out of everything you’ve played, what is your favorite game?
Any sport game really but Wii bowling is the one I tend to play the most.
Overall it was a stellar experience with some fun games to boot. Anyone who is interested in competing in the national tournament can find all the information needed at the Wii Games site, including locations and registration information. Events are happening across the U.S so check out the site to find a location near you!