By Lindsay Ducharme
While many holiday shoppers are eagerly anticipating the biggest shopping week of the year, local gamers are gearing up for their Black Friday equivalent. Nintendo Day is making it’s grand debut in the region on November 23rd with a gaming event set to be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Nerdvana.
The event will be piggy backing on the release of three major Nintendo games – Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros on Wii U – on November 21st.
“Nintendo themselves are hosting a number of Nintendo Day events around the country, but it’s been hard to get them to come up here. We decided since we are the guys up here hosting the gaming events we would host our own,” said Matt Salem, president of the Fort McMurray Gaming Association.
“The official Nintendo Day is actually on the 21st, but we decided to do ours on the 23rd because those three big games are coming out on the 21st. We figure if we give people two days to get comfortable with the controls of the game so when they show up they will be on an even playing field and we won’t have to spend time explaining to people how to play the game,” he explained.
The day’s festivities will include game competitions, card and collectible trading, giveaways and much more. Although the Nintendo Day celebration is new to the community, Salem said the FMGA is hoping to make it an annual event.
“This is the first of what we hope to be many it’s also a great way to engage the community, it’s a great way to get gamers out of their houses and meeting other gamers in the community,” Salem promised.
“We are going to have some Wii U Nintendo consoles set up with Smash Brothers, we are going to have Mario Cart and all the classics, as well we are going to have some retro stuff like Nintendo 64 with some older games. We will have a lounge set up for anyone who wants to come with their portable Nintendo 3DS systems can sit around the couches and play and connect with each other. It will be a nice social outing with others with the same mindset as them.”
Salem encouraged all local gamers to attend not only the Nintendo Day event, but all of the monthly events hosted by the local gaming association. “So often you see on social media that people say there is nothing to do in Fort McMurray, if you are saying that you are simply not looking hard enough. We host events once a month usually. It’s a free event. Free fun for not only kids, but adults of all ages,” he added.
Prior to the event itself, the FMGA will be attending the midnight release of the three major Nintendo games on November 21st at EB Games. Those in attendance at the midnight launch will be granted the sole opportunity to obtain a ballot for a giveaway to be draw at the Nintendo Day event.
For more information on Nintendo Day, and all events hosted by the Fort McMurray Gaming Association like them on Facebook.