20th Anniversary Nintendo Power Event And A Night Out With Gamecock!
Friday night was one hell of a night as yours truly got a chance to swing by Nintendo World’s 20th Anniversary event celebrating 20 years of Nintendo Power. The event itself was pretty tight as free drinks and chill people were abound. Any night with free drinks around is my kinda night! If you never had the privilege of going to Nintendo World, the store was converted from it’s usual layout to one that had a lot of open space for party goers to chill and log in some time on upcoming Wii games such as Mushroom Men(which is looking like a sleeper hit) and Rayman: Raving Rabbids 3. I also had the pleasure to meet some big names on the Nintendo side of gaming and that would be RMC (Raw Meat Cowboy) of GoNintendo fame, Triforce (Empire Arcadia and Tetris DS Guinness World record holder), Mike Wilson of the Gamecock crew and the Mushroom Men devs themselves, Red Fly Studio!
Gamers, press and industry folks hammed it up with free drinks and finger food. One of the popular attractions was a photo booth which was constantly packed with people waiting to snap a shot of themselves acting the fool. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do so, but it was all good as I got to chat a bit with RMC along with Mom Brain. It was pretty tight talking with the creator of perhaps the biggest Nintendo fan site on the net. And really interesting to hear about his day to day maintaining (you really learn to appreciate a little thing called sleep) the site. Mom Brain was funny too as she had some jokes for my boy 2.0 as he was holding a drink in both hands (one for his lady) as we chatted it up, but that didn’t stop the jokes from coming his way. It was also funny to hear about some of RMC’s biggest fans. You all would be surprised as they are some of the biggest names in the Nintendo circle of gaming and news. Yeah, he’s pretty popular!
And then there’s the Gamecock crew. They were on hand to help promote their upcoming Wii title Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars from Red Fly Studio in which I have to say, has come along way from early video previews of the game. On the visual side, the game runs along at a pretty consistent 30 frames and the textures and character models are on point . The game supported widescreen which is always a welcome as it helped to make the levels look even bigger for your small mushroomed hero. Also what stood out pretty nice was the partial effects which had a alot of flare and vibrant colors which helped to give your attacks and telekinesis powers some punch! What was a bit disappointing was the fact that because of the party atmosphere, you couldn’t really hear the audio. But if you want to get a vibe of the direction it’s taking, I suggest you peep this little video diary on the music and audio behind the game. Shout out to Matt Piersall (who became a new fan of New York). He’s the kat behind the audio in the game which takes a unique approach to your typical game music. Most games like to claim how they use the environment to influence the audio’s direction. But in Matt’s case it isn’t just a claim. Literally the world of Mushroom Men is the music. Just take a look at the video I mentioned before and you’ll see!
After the Nintendo World event was said and done, I ran into Tracey John of MTV Multiplayer fame and so we rounded up both the Red Fly and Gamecock crew and headed on down to Manhattan’s Ace bar. We capped off the night with some good drinks , a few rounds of The Dark Knight pinball machine (yeah they have one apparently) and some good old Buck Hunter. LOL! These guys know how to have fun. In all it was good times to be had and the guys behind Gamecock and Red Fly sure know how to live up to their names and philosophy. I look at them as the Adult Swim of the gaming world which to me, is a breath of much needed fresh air . I could go on about that, but I’ll save it for another post (hopefully). To all you kats who chilled that night, It was a blast and I look forward to many more!