For those of you who weren’t able to attend our SPLI 2nd Anniversary Party on August 17th at Empire Gaming in Farmingdale, here is a quick recap of all the fun stuff that you missed!
Since we know that Long Island gamers like to play both Smash Bros. and Pokémon, we decided to run two tournaments! SPLI hosted a Pokémon Triathlon, which comprised of Single, Double and Triple Battles. Meanwhile, Team Crossfire (#TeamXFIRE) hosted a Smash Bros. Tournament, so there was awesome gaming all day long!
Congratulations to Peter O. (aka Shellshock) who won the Pokémon Triathlon!
On June 14th and 15th, Long Island Comic Con was held at The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY. Known as Eternal Con, this new convention (only in it’s second year) featured many big name vendors and celebrities for pop culture fans to enjoy! StreetPass Long Island wanted to be a part of this amazing local event opportunity, so we hosted an encore presentation of the popular Pokémon X&Y: Competitive Trainer Seminar, which we originally performed at PAX East back in April.
If you weren’t able to attend the event (you should definitely try to go next year!) we have great news! There was a great videographer at the panel who posted the entire panel on YouTube!
Thanks to everyone who joined us at Eternal Con this year, we really appreciate your support! We hope you enjoyed the panel, and we plan to go even bigger at Eternal Con next year!
Here’s a special treat for all of you attending PAX East 2014 at the Boston Convention and Expo Center: StreetPass Long Island, StreetPass NYC and The Pocket Players are hosting a Pokemon panel! It’s called the “Pokemon X&Y: Competitive Trainer Seminar” and our goal is to help you improve your battle skills. We are going to discuss the different strategies to breed, train and battle using all of the new features that Pokemon X&Y have to offer.
The panel will be located at the Badger Theater at PAX East 2014 on Saturday, April 12th from 1-2pm. This panel is located within the convention and attendees are required to have an official PAX East badge in order to attend. Please arrive early as space is limited!
StreetPass Long Island recently concluded the “I Luv SPLI” Poetry Contest for Valentine’s Day. All winners will receive a Shiny Luvdisc holding an Ability Capsule. Now we are proud to present the top winning poems!
1st Place – Lissanne L.
SP-L-I (or 33 Pokemon hidden in 16 lines of a florid love poem)
SP on! Probe…Oh! Pass you! Ho, ho, ho, I must rate you. Be sharp and flow it ‘Fantastic’ And from you, your sprite’s beauty flies Cherry be your hair and inky sable eyes.
‘Ell hath Dark Rays that tore us apart. Zap dose thoughts thrown from my heart. With a spear. Oh, Fear, oh rapid dash To the Unknown, a Tranquil crash. Happiny ever after.
I peek at you and Venus soars, Lifts me spir’t from gloom’s doors. Nine tales from you, all evil tales fracture far A slow king grovels to Scherazade’s star. You have stories to seal in me like a star. Me and you, SPLI.
2nd Place – Jordan W.
Joining from an early stage, On accomplishing group resurrection, Rewriting gaming history on every page, Driving up the region’s gaming perception, Another group but not the ordinary, Now thrusted in lime’s light, Lovers profess on pocket monsters scary, Officially great in their own right, Valor and spirit enthused from each member, Each with 3DS in hand, StreetPassing as gone a twitter, Supporting Nintendo’s greatest fans, Please continue into future’s hands, Lined up with fun events, I’ve been very fortunate to know you all with time well spent.
Thank you to everyone who participated! We “luv” you too!
Pokemon X&Y Tournament: Prepare yourself for the upcoming official PVGC tournaments by battling your fellow SPLI members! We will be using the official tournament rules set forth by The Pokemon Company: Doubles Standard Format. Please remember that all Pokemon entered in this tournament must be Kalos Native (meaning it must be a Pokemon that was hatched or caught in the Kalos region. You can tell if your Pokemon is Kalos Native if there is a blue pentagon on their Pokemon details screen.) but they can be from the National Pokedex. The winner of the tournament will win a shiny competitive-ready (perfect IV’s, ability, nature, etc.) in-game Pokemon and a perler bead Pokemon prize! As usual, the final round will be broadcast on our big display monitor for everyone to see!
Pokemon X&Y PR Video Contest: Have you created the coolest Pokemon X&Y PR Video for your trainer character? We will be hosting a PR Video Contest and whoever has the best video will win a great prize! Show off your style, video editing, favorite Pokemon, or whatever you want! All videos will be broadcast on our big screen display monitor for all attendees to see, and we will vote by applause to determine the winner.
Pokemon Rumble U Freeplay: Throughout the event, we will be hosting Pokemon Rumble U on the Wii U for SPLI members to play. Bring down your Pokemon NFC figures to trade with other members too! StreetPass Long Island even has some NFC’s to give away during the event, so you won’t want to miss it!
Pokedex 3D Pro Quizzes: For those who want to show off their Pokemon knowledge, we will switch back and forth from Rumble U to Pokedex 3D Pro, and offer prizes for the winners! We have some great prizes thanks to donations from SPLI members.
Pokemon TCG fans are welcome to bring their decks and battle each other! Note: Since SPLI is exclusively a Nintendo video-game based group, we aren’t hosting an official TCG tournament, but Empire Gaming manager Joe has all of the info for upcoming TCG League games! You can also pick up new X&Y TCG packs at Empire Gaming!
Valentine’s Day is coming up on 2/14! But even if you don’t have a Valentine this year… you still “luv” SPLI, don’t you? Show us how much you “luv” us by writing a haiku, a romantic poem, maybe a funny limerick!
Ten winners will be selected, and the prize is a Shiny Luvdisc holding an Ability Capsule for your Pokemon X or Y game!
The contest will be open starting today 2/2/14 and will close on 2/16/14. The winners will be chosen and informed of their prize shortly after the 16th. All winning poems will be featured on the SPLI Fan Page, Group, Twitter and Website!
Now that Pokemon X&Y have been out for a few months and the PVGC in Massachusetts is fast approaching, it’s time for the StreetPass Long Island Pokemon X&Y Meetup! Join us at Empire Gaming in Farmingdale, NY for tournaments, quizzes, giveaways and more!
Happy New Year from StreetPass Long Island! It’s time for the results of the 2013 SPLI AWARDS!
During the month of December, SPLI members filled out a survey to cast their votes for their favorite Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games. Here are the best games of 2013, according to StreetPass Long Island members:
StreetPass Long Island was thrilled by the number of votes received in the Second Annual SPLI AWARDS event. We had more than three times the responses in 2013’s voting phase than in 2012. If you participated by voting in the 2013 SPLI AWARDS, thank you very much for taking the time to give us your insight on the best games of the year. If you’d like to participate in more SPLI surveys in the future, please sign up for our email mailing list!
(This blog entry originally appeared on the Glux Blog, written by SPLI Co-Founder Debbie G.)
Friday, October 11, 2013 was a night I will NEVER forget! It was the night of the Pokemon X&Y Launch Party in NYC, and also the day before the “Nintendo Communities: StreetPass, Pokemon and Beyond!” panel at New York Comic Con.
The Pokemon X&Y Launch Event was looking to be like an out of control party. People had been lining up for days in front of the Nintendo World Store to attend the event and be some of the first people to buy the newest generation of Pokemon games. Unfortunately, I had arrived late with JDubz and a group of friends, and we were placed wayyyyy back in the line, which was by that time wrapped around 49th Street towards 5th Ave. (Nintendo World Store is on 48th Street – the line was literally wrapping around the entire block!) I was feeling upset because I wasn’t sure if we were ever going to get into the Event, which was set up with a large stage, a DJ booth, demo stations, inflatable Pokemon Starters, and so much more.
Eventually, JDubz and I heard word that since we were panelists for the upcoming Nintendo panel the following day, that we would be given VIP bracelets and would finally be able to get into the event! Hooray! We made it into the staging area and started collecting the cool swag they were giving out, such as paper hats for the different starters, a Pokeball cartridge holder, art cards from the games, as well as posters. (I heard that other people got X&Y Dog Tags and pins… no idea where those were being given out lol!)
After a few minutes checking out the pandemonium of the event – there were hundreds of people in the area! – I was approached by a Pokemon staff member, asking if I wanted to join a costume contest. Since I was in my Pikachu cosplay outfit, I figured why not and headed backstage. The staff members kept adding more cosplayers, but made me stand at the end of the line for some reason. I didn’t read too much into it.
When it was my turn to go up and show off my costume, the hostess was acting kind of weird and so was the Pikachu mascot. We were dancing around and suddenly the hostess declared that Pikachu had something to say and that she needed a translator. Of course, I tried to volunteer, since I too was Pikachu that day, but they ignored me. Suddenly, JDubz appeared on the opposite side of the stage, offering to translate. Pushing past Pikachu, JDubz said, “Debbie [Gluxbox] I choose you!” Then he dropped to one knee, and produced a custom-made Pokeball with a diamond ring inside, and said, “Will you marry me?”
It was an incredible moment. Hundreds of people were cheering and screaming. I pulled JDubz up and gave him a big kiss. And then I grabbed the mic from the hostess to confirm, “Yes! I SAY YES!!!” JDubz began whispering in my ear that he had been working with Nintendo of America and The Pokemon Company for the past nine months to orchestrate this proposal. There are no words to properly express how I was feeling. Flabbergasted? Overwhelmed with joy? Incredible??? A combination of those and every other emotion. I was crying tears of joy and feeling on top of the world. This was such a romantic, sweet and unique proposal and I never saw it coming!
If all of this wasn’t cool enough, we were amazed when we started seeing people sharing articles on Facebook and Twitter posts about JDubz’s proposal before we’d even announced it to our families. Websites like Kotaku and Nintendo Enthusiast were covering the story, and we even got a personal “Congratulations” from Nintendo of America’s Twitter page! There are several videos of the proposal on both Vine and YouTube, so I’ll post a few links here in the blog. If you see any photos or videos that I haven’t shared here in this blog, then that means I haven’t seen it yet! Please send me any photos/videos from JDubz’s proposal to email@example.com! Thanks to everyone who sent their well-wishes to us, we couldn’t be happier!
I promise I will write another blog about NYCC and the StreetPass Panel very soon. Just let me enjoy Cloud Nine for a few more days please! 😀