Scouting & Freeplay
Well, I researched the Wii Games: Summer 2010 on the Internet and found several videos and a few blogs. It was very interesting to learn about the experiences of teams who have already competed. I recommend “Wii Games Summer 2010 NYC Main Event Coverage” at ripten.com.
Curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to do a little reconnaissance by checking out the event the day before we were scheduled to play.
Our team arrived at The Oaks early on Friday morning. The setup was smaller than at some of the other malls I viewed on YouTube. We had to sign waivers in order to get our Coin Cards for the free play. I’m glad we came early, because only a few teams were there. By 11:30am, the lines for Mario Kart and Sports Resort were too long.
The competition area was roped off, so we couldn’t actually see the other teams’ techniques. I was a little disappointed about that, but I’m still glad we went scouting. Out of this trip to the mall, we got to check out the setup and got used to playing the Wii outside of our dark living room. The biggest thing we learned is to avoid competing from about 1pm to 3pm. That’s when there was direct sunlight on the TV screens, because of a skylight directly over the Wii gaming area. We both got the prizes that we wanted; a Wii hat for me and a Mario Yahtzee for Zac-Attack.