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Mario Kart DD LAN, and other tourneys we've organized

  • 27-11-2015 1:17pm
    Registered Users Posts: 111 ✭✭

    Embrace a huge post! :pac:

    tl;dr: pictures of events I've organized with some friends back home.

    Back in the tiny hellhole I used to call home (Uruguay) I ran a website with a friend ( - mind you it's all in spanish, and the UI is currently broken because of a JS bug) which was centered on retro gaming for the local community. We still publish some stuff from time to time, but dedicating it almost 0 time now (last update was in July).

    Anyway, with the excuse of Start-Game, we had the chance of organizing some (free!) tournaments with cool prizes!

    2012 - Punta Anime

    In 2012 during an Anime Convention in a city to the east of the capital, we did a Mario Kart Double Dash tournament with 2 Gamecubes in LAN mode. Pretty cool, although no one much appreciated the fact they were in LAN... and the hurdles I went through to get the second LAN adapter! :mad:


    We gave a GBA with carrying case and Mario Kart Super Circuit (boxed!) as prize:


    2015 - Montevideo Comics

    Earlier this year I went back in May for a few weeks, we were invited to have a booth at the biggest comic convention in the country, on it's 11th edition. This was huge for us, and we had 2 full days to do pretty much whatever we pleased, which was super fun.

    I already had all my games and consoles boxed and stored away in storage, which made it easy to move around for this purpose. We set up shop on a Saturday morning, and here's the result:

    Just finished setting up - Day 1:


    Setup Day 2:


    We did 4 tournaments, 2 raffles, and had games and consoles on display and to play during the weekend (all for free).

    • [GC] Mario Kart Double Dash LAN | Prize: Boxed GBA + Boxed Mario Kart Super Circuit
    • [SNES] Killer Instinct | Prize: GB Pocket (Yellow, loose) + Boxed Killer Instinct for GB
    • [GC] Super Smash Bros. Melee | Prize: Brand new GC Smash Brawl controller
    • [DC] King of Fighters Dream Match 1999 | Prize: NeoGeo Pocket Color (loose) with Sonic Pocket Adventures (loose)

    During the tournaments we had a dedicated screen with Challonge showing the brackets for the tournament.

    Mario Amiibo & Link Amiibo

    In between each tournament (2 tourney & 1 raffle per day) we gave away an amiibo to everyone who had registered to that day's tournaments. We took a list of names from Challonge and put it in a randomizer on the screen for everyone to see.

    Consoles on display:
    • Panasonic Q
    • Sharp Twin Famicom

    Consoles to play:
    • N64DD w/ Doshin and F-Zero Expansion Kit
    • Dreamcast w/ KoF, Marvel vs Capcom, House of the Dead 2 (one of my poor lightguns died due to hyperactive kids)
    • Gamecube w/ Mario Kart, Smash, XIII, etc.
    • SNES w/ Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Starfox, etc.
    • NES toploader w/ Mario Bros., Megaman, TMNT, and many others.




    It was tough to organize and be constantly minding all the stuff (95% came from my personal collection), but it was a blast and people had a great time, and they were very impressed with the prizes and the fact it was all free (you never see that in UY) - entrance to the convention was around €20.

    2015 - Pixels Movie Promo

    Finally, we were invited to hold some promo events for the release of Pixels, the crappiest movie of them all, lol. I was already back here so my friend took care of all that, he set up a small area in a shopping mall with a couple of arcade cabinets and we set up an online ranking scoreboard - people came to play and we logged the points, at the end of the month the finalists played again but this time hooked to one of the cinema screens, and got Pixels swag and tickets to the movie as prizes.


    The end! :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 699 ✭✭✭blag

    The Mario Kart Lan looks awesome, it's a shame the Wii U doesn't support it becase MK8 is is so ridiculously good, it would have been great for casual tournaments etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 111 ✭✭Tchoin

    blag wrote: »
    The Mario Kart Lan looks awesome, it's a shame the Wii U doesn't support it becase MK8 is is so ridiculously good, it would have been great for casual tournaments etc.

    It is quite cool yes, but it would've been great if it included an automated tournament mode (such as Melee had), which would've made everything easier lol.

    As you can't select the same characters twice, we were forced to randomize character selection, and you can only do separate races and not circuit/tournament mode.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 34,578 CMod ✭✭✭✭CiDeRmAn

    Someone has a few photos of our little LAN party in a get together last year.
    It was a freezing night for early Autumn but we braved it, with two Gamecubes, two BB adapters, two copies of MK:DD and a pair of projectors!
    It was epic!

  • Registered Users Posts: 111 ✭✭Tchoin

    That sounds like great fun!

    I just remembered we also had Kirby Air Ride linked up with the BBAs as well, but it was not very popular :P

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 33,733 ✭✭✭✭Myrddin

    Wow, colour me very impressed Tchoin :)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,009 ✭✭✭Doge

    Tchoin wrote: »
    Embrace a huge post! :pac:

    tl;dr: pictures of events I've organized with some friends back home.

    Back in the tiny hellhole I used to call home (Uruguay)

    Couldn't resist!

  • Registered Users Posts: 111 ✭✭Tchoin

    Doge wrote: »
    Couldn't resist!

    lol! I knew it was just a matter of time :rolleyes:

    I laughed so much when I first saw that episode :D