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MK8 Wheelin’ and Happy Mealin’ at McDonalds!

A new SPLI event has just been announced!!

WHEN: Sunday – 5/7 from 3PM to 5PM
WHERE: McDonald’s Mansion – 2045 Jericho Tpke New Hyde Park, NY 11040

RSVP HERE NOW!!! Info from our Facebook Event page…

Did you know that there are new SUPER MARIO Happy Meal toys at McDonald’s?? You know what that means…

ITS TIME FOR SPLI TO INVADE THE MCMANSION ONCE AGAIN!

Bring some cash to buy happy meal toys and some french fries (or whatever you want to eat lol), and bring your Nintendo Switch or 3DS system for some Mario Kart gaming! We’ll have MK 8 Deluxe for Switch and MK7 for 3DS on hand for some racing and battle action! Bring your favorite controller if you’re a picky racer! 😛

Meet us at the McDonald’s Mansion on Jericho Tpke in New Hyde Park! We’ll be upstairs in the PARTY ROOM! Woooot! See ya there!

Hidden Super Mario in BotW!

Most Nintendo Switch owners picked up the latest game in the Legend of Zelda series, the Breath of the Wild. It’s a fantastic game with an expansive world map, and most players leave no stone left un-turned (hey, there might be a Korok hiding under there!).

But a new discovery has Nintendo fans buzzing – a hidden Super Mario easter egg has been found in the topography! If you carefully view the zoomed in map, you can find Super Mario’s head!

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Have you been able to find this hidden Super Mario? Let us know the exact location in the comments!

StreetPass Game Show – Got Ideas?!

After doing three iterations of the StreetPass Game Show so far, we need as many ideas as we can get for Survey Questions! Since you wonderful people on the internet are so creative, we thought we’d open up the suggestion box to the public!

Please keep in mind that the StreetPass Game Show is NOT A QUIZ SHOW! We do not want questions that are directly trivia. StreetPass Game Show uses the “Family Feud” format, and are primarily opinion questions (for example: “Why does Bowser REALLY keep kidnapping Princess Peach?”), or questions that could have several correct answers (for example: “Name a purple Pokemon”). You can submit as many questions as you like, however please note that not all questions will be used. If you need some inspiration, check out this recap from the PAX South Game Show!

Ideally we are looking for questions about the Nintendo Switch, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Pokemon and Retro Nintendo questions. If you have any ideas, please submit the form below! Thanks for your help!!

Super Mario Run on Android!

Mobile gamers rejoice – Super Mario Run is now available on all mobile platforms! Yesterday the popular mobile game became available for download on the Google Play Store after months of waiting! Apple users have been playing the game for a few months already, so Android users are scrambling to catch up to their friends!

Have you been playing this mobile version of the familiar Super Mario series? What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments!

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http://kotaku.com/super-mario-run-is-now-available-on-android-1793541776

StreetPass Game Show at PAX East 2017!

If you were at PAX East 2017, then chances are you might have heard about the StreetPass Game Show! On March 10th (yes – on MAR10 Day!!) we held our 3rd iteration of the StreetPass Game Show! The game show first debuted at Eternal Con, hosted by the SPLI crew in June 2016. Then members of the team took the game show on the road for PAX South 2017, and then off to Boston’s PAX East! We’re on a roll!

In case you aren’t familiar, the StreetPass Game Show is made BY the fans and FOR the fans! We surveyed the StreetPass community and got the top answers to wacky Nintendo-related questions (such as, “Which Smash Bros. character punches like your grandmother?”). Then we tabulate the results and organize a “Family Feud” format game show, where contestants guess the top answers! We even used 1-2 Switch’s “Quick Draw” mini-game as a buzzer each round. It was a blast!

The StreetPass Game Show is fun because it has the two phases (the survey and the actual game show) which allows a lot more people to participate! We plan to apply for future opportunities to present the StreetPass Game Show at events, so be sure to follow our Facebook Page and Facebook Group for the latest news.

Below, please enjoy some photos from the StreetPass Game Show! We had a strong Team Skull presence at this game show… don’t worry, they did not steal any of the prizes (or anyone’s Pokemon)!

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Hands On with the Nintendo Switch!

This blog was originally written and posted for The Glux Blog.

Woo what a weekend! Everyone has been talking about the Nintendo Switch ever since the presentation last Thursday, which introduced the system and showcased the new Joy Cons – the convertible controllers that come with the Nintendo Switch system. But I felt lucky because I had a ticket for the Nintendo Switch Preview Event in NYC! I was able to get a hands-on demonstration of the Nintendo Switch system, the Joy Cons, software and more!

The event was held at a secret off-site location in midtown, open only to invited ticket holders. (I was able to get a ticket by logging into my MyNintendo account when they first announced the event. This apparently triggered an event invite to be sent to me at the time. So what have we learned? Log into MyNintendo once in a while!) I went with one of my besties, CarneyVorous. We braved the cold wintery weather and it was SO worth it!

20170114_185030As we approached the entrance, we were surprised to see that Link from Breath of the Wild was guarding the door. Well, Link and a dozen event coordinators. Everything was very organized, which was nice. They checked our tickets and finally after long last… WE WERE INSIDE THE SNEAK PREVIEW EVENT!

The event consisted of two large rooms. The first room had a glamorous setup with a main stage, glass windowed demo cubicle setups, and a third of the room dedicated to Legend of Zelda demo stations. The second room had a huge area dedicated to Splatoon 2 demos, as well as third-party titles and a Super Mario Odyssey photo-op station! It was a lot to take in. We didn’t even know where to start! Sadly, the Zelda line got ridiculously long in a short amount of time, so we decided to make the most of our time by trying as many fun demos as we could.

Our first stop was Splatoon 2. Who could resist? To make the experience even more *new*, the demo we played was done on the Nintendo Switch in hand-held mode. This means the player is watching the Switch screen with the Joy Cons attached to the sides. This mode is pretty similar to playing on the Wii U Game Pad, which I personally enjoy a lot. The Splatoon controls were set to use the gyroscope. It can be tricky if you’re not used to playing that way, but the Switch console is light and easy to move around as needed. I also decided to try out the new Splatoon weapon which was introduced in this latest title – the Splat Dualies! I thought they were pretty sweet. They shoot fast and it’s easy to aim. I played very well, got second place in my winning team with those Splat Dualies! (Did much more terribly with the Splat Roller in the second round. Sad face.)

Splatoon 2 on the Nintendo Switch in hand-held mode.

Next, we wanted to get an up-close look at the Nintendo Switch Joy Cons by checking out the glass cubicle 1-2-Switch Demo Stations! The 1-2-Switch game utilizes the Joy Cons in a way that showcases all of the new features it has to offer, including HD Rumble technology. This game is unique in that you don’t really need to look at the screen to play – it’s all about playing with other people, making eye contact, interacting with humans… you know, scary stuff.

The 1-2-Switch Demo consisted of Quick Draw, Milking Cows (yep) and Counting Marbles. Each game showed a different feature of the Joy Con controllers. I will note that the Nintendo reps insisted on using the wrist straps with the Joy Cons for this game. Very sensible – and side note! – the wrist strap adds an extra half inch of width to the controller, which makes it even easier to hold.

Quick Draw showcased the Joy Con’s basics, such as motion control. Milking Cows introduced new ways to feel awkward around your friends (because yes, the game is exactly what you think it is) and also makes use of the L and R buttons that have been incorporated into the new controllers. Counting Marbles was the most interesting game in the 1-2-Switch Demo, because it featured the new HD Rumble effects. The Joy Con simulated the feeling of small marbles rolling around inside of it (and does an EXTREMELY CONVINCING JOB doing so) and you have to guess how many marbles are “inside.” You determine this by moving the Joy Con and “feeling” the marbles sliding around and clicking against one another. It was pretty amazing! The HD Rumble is very responsive and I am very interested to see how other games will incorporate this new technology.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Demo Stations

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Demo Stations

One of my all-time favorite games has always been Mario Kart. I would play after school with my friends on the N64 back in the day, and I haven’t stopped since! Playing MK on the go has always been a strong selling point… so being able to play MK8 Deluxe in full HD while on the move is going to be AH-MAY-ZING! To give us the full experience, Nintendo set up some fun ‘simulation’ demo stations. In the picture above, you see a fake diner with demo stations, as well as some guys in what looks like an RV? Or some kind of van?

Playing MK8 at

Playing MK8 at “the diner”!

Here I am “at the diner” enjoying some MK8 Battle Mode in handheld mode – which I won with Bowser, btw! It’s great to have some authentic battle mode back in the mix.

We also tried out a demo station that was set up to look like we were playing on an airplane. (Awesome idea!!) They set up the chairs to have those awful tray tables, and placed the Nintendo Switch in tabletop mode for us to play. Tabletop mode is when you have the screen standing up with the kickstand, and the Joy Cons are removed from the sides so that two people can use them and play while watching the screen. I will say that as a veteran MK player, I did not mind the Joy Cons for this game. Yes, if you’re using the Jon Cons, it is a small controller. Like I mentioned before, the wrist strap helps a lot with that issue. It takes some slight ‘getting used to’ but it’s not bad at all, and having usable L and R buttons meant that my game play was as good as ever! Please note that in this side photo, we were also trying out Mario Kart with the Joy Cons in what I am calling “nunchuck mode,” which is similar to the old Wii nunchuck and Wii Remote setup… without that cumbersome cord connecting them together! You can play with the Joy Cons as nunchucks, yet sit however you prefer, so that you can play comfortably. So much easier! Imagine how much better air travel will be when you’re challenging the random stranger sitting next to you to a Grand Prix!

We also tried out some other games, such as Street Fighter, Just Dance 2017, and PuyoPuyo Tetris. We got some cool swag – Nintendo Switch hats, pins, cookies, water bottles… It was a really good event. I wish they would host events like this every week! *sob*

Only 44 days until Nintendo Switch is released in stores!! Comment if you’ve got it preordered! What are you excited to play? I’ll leave you with a few more photos from the event…

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Battle Mode

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Battle Mode

Joy Con [puppy] Controller

Joy Con [puppy] Controller

Tetris!!

PuyoPuyo Tetris!!

Nintendo Switch and Accessories

Nintendo Switch and Accessories

Nintendo Switch Main Stage

Nintendo Switch Main Stage

Super Mario Odyssey Photo Op!

Super Mario Odyssey Photo Op!

Holiday Party Tournament Rules

The SPLI Holiday Party is SUNDAY 12/18 starting at 4PM at AON Gaming! (RSVP here if you haven’t already!)

We’ve announced a lot of fun activities, including TWO Tournaments! Now is the time to share the format and rules for the tournaments, so read on for all the details!

Amiibo Only Tournament

Ever since Amiibo figures hit store shelves, SPLI has been one of the few groups on Long Island to run “Amiibo Only Tournaments.” Since it’s been a few months since our last tournament, we decided to bring it back for the Holiday Party!

Amiibo Only Tournament Holiday Party Ruleset:

  • Level 50 Amiibo recommended
  • Doubles format: teams of 2 amiibo vs. 2 amiibo
  • 3 Stock
  • 5 min time limit
  • Stages: Battlefield or Miiverse (competitors decide on omega)
  • Tournament format based on number of participants
  • 1st Place Prize: Musical Master Sword Amiibo Stand

Don’t have 2 amiibos to battle with? No worries – SPLI will provide ‘rental’ amiibo that you can borrow, while supplies last.

Pokémon Sun and Moon Tournament

The latest installments in the Pokémon series are Sun and Moon, and the games introduce a new battle style: The Battle Royal! We thought it would be fun to try out this new format for the Holiday Party! If you need some tips on this new battle format, check out this guide!

Battle Royal Holiday Party Ruleset:

  • Pokémon Sun/Moon required
  • Level 50 Pokémon recommended
  • Special Pokémon: Banned
  • Tournament format based on number of participants
  • 1st Place Prize: Eevee Knit Beanie

If you have any questions about the rulesets, please feel free to contact us! Remember, while tournament participation is encouraged, it’s definitely not required. All we want is for everyone to have a great time and collect StreetPass tags!

StreetPass Meetup Panel

StreetPass Long Island made a surprise announcement this morning! We will be hosting the StreetPass Meetup Panel at Winter Con NY this Saturday, December 3rd! Find us at 4pm in the Panel Room! RSVP to our event page so we know you’ll be there!

Our casual panel will consist of lots of StreetPass tags, chatting about the latest Nintendo games, speculation about the upcoming Nintendo Switch next year, and of course we’ll be playing some Pokemon Sun and Moon too!

Here’s a description of the panel from the Winter Con website:

Did you bring your Nintendo 3DS system to Winter Con? Are you looking for StreetPass tags? Would you like to battle against other players in the new Pokemon Sun and Moon? Join the StreetPass Meetup Panel, hosted by StreetPass Long Island! Come to our panel to hype about the Nintendo Switch, chat about your favorite games, learn whats new in the gaming community, and of course to get some StreetPass tags!

http://nywintercon.com/index.php/features/panels-and-programing

Tickets are required to attend! Don’t forget your 3DS!

SPLI Holiday Party 2016

StreetPass Long Island is getting in the holiday spirit! We’re hosting a Holiday Party on December 18th at AON Gaming!

At our party, we will be playing lots of fun Nintendo games (as usual) but we are adding some festive activities! For the first time, we’re going to do a SPLI Yankee Swap! (Read up on the rules for the Yankee Swap here.) Bring a wrapped “Mystery Box” worth $10-$20 and see what you gift you take home at the event!

If you have any used video games lying around, please bring them to our Used Game Drive benefiting Operation Supply Drop! We will not discriminate – please feel free to donate games from any video game system! As long as your used games are still working, please consider donating them to our Used Game Drive to help a troop overseas have a brighter holiday.

More Holiday Party activities will be announced as the event approaches, so be sure to RSVP on our Event Page to get the latest information! We can’t wait to see you there!

Holiday Party: Yankee Swap Rules!

To get in the holiday spirit, SPLI will be hosting a Yankee Swap at our Holiday Party at AON Gaming! (Click here to RSVP on our event page and get all the party info!)

For those who haven’t played before, Yankee Swap is a fun way to get a mystery holiday gift! If you aren’t familiar with how Yankee Swap (also known as White Elephant) works, check out these general rules here.

Since we’re gamers, of course we’re going to use a CUSTOM GIFTING RULESET! Check out SPLI’s Yankee Swap Rules:

  • Participation is optional, but you must bring a gift if you want to participate.
  • Gift value should be between $10 – $20.
  • GIFT MUST BE WRAPPED.
  • No gift cards or cash!
  • Nothing USED please!!! (Would you want to receive a dingy old used plush as a gift? No? Neither would anyone else lol!)
  • You are not allowed to choose the gift you bought during the Swap round!

How It Works:

  • Player 1 selects a gift from the pile, opens it, and shows it to everyone.
  • Each player after player 1 can either pick an unopened gift from the pile, or choose a gift to steal from another player.
  • If a gift is stolen from you, you get to either pick an unopened gift from the pile, or choose a gift to steal from another player. However, you cannot steal back a gift if it was stolen from you during that same round.
  • Each gift can only be stolen 3 times total. After that, it is considered “locked” and can no longer be stolen.
  • At the end of the game, player 1 can choose to either hold on to their gift, or swap it with any gift that is not locked.

In addition, we will be collecting USED GAMES to donate to Operation: Supply Drop! This charity accepts used games and consoles and sends them to our troops overseas for a bit of escape from their difficult jobs. For more information accepted donations for Operation: Supply Drop, please visit their donation list here! Please consider bringing a donation for OSD in addition to participating in the SPLI Yankee Swap!

Got questions? Comment on our blog, or visit our event page on Facebook! We’re here to help!