When I was still in the good old college town of Gainesville, FL, I was part of a sweet Nintendo group. The regional Nintendo rep there is an awesome lady. She would let us know when she’d be in town for demos, and we’d all go meet her at the game store for freebies and hangout time. And StreetPasses…lots of StreetPasses.
Of course, we also got together for non-demo hangouts, too. A bunch of us that went to the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert in Orlando wound up meeting for dinner beforehand, for example. We were also regulars at the food court in the local mall, though I don’t know how the other patrons felt about a bunch of geeks playing 3DS games and hogging a few tables. (Hey, we’d buy food, too, so we weren’t just loitering!)
That’s all to say, I’ve missed my Nintendo group since moving to San Francisco. Believe it or not, it’s still hard to find people to StreetPass here, and I don’t know that many gamers personally in SF as it is. When I get a Wii U, I also want to have people to play Nintendo Land, Mario Kart, etc. with. (Seriously, Nintendo Land is so much fun with a full complement of players, especially when a party atmosphere is involved. It turns into “Chase Me!” If you know about “Chase Me!” then why the heck didn’t you tell me you were reading my blog?)
Supposedly, there is such a group in SF already, according to the StreetPass Network, but I checked it out and it really hasn’t done anything for a while. Posted to their Facebook page, and I never got an answer…except from others wondering if they were having any events.
So, in the interest of meeting geeks, making friends, and (in all honesty) figuring out who in this town uses StreetPass, I’ve started up a Nintendo group on Meetup. Enter the SF Bay Area Nintendo Network! (And yes, I’m aware that’s a long, long name.)
I’m in touch with our Nintendo rep, and I’m trying to make sure I know when he’s demoing stuff so I can spread the word to folks who are interested. Meanwhile, we had a great inaugural hangout day earlier this month in Japantown, and we’ve got some other Meetups planned before the end of August.
Everyone really seemed to have fun at that first Meetup, which is encouraging. I have this thing about creating communities wherever I go; it’s really important to me. Throwing anime parties back in Florida was always so much fun, and I’d like to think I actually helped a lot of other geeks connect. Hopefully, I can make that happen here in SF with the gamers in this group.
One thing I’m really trying to figure out is how we can have multiplayer console gaming sessions in public spaces. It’s easy to just get a bunch of people together to play 3DS games–just find a food court or park and start playing. But not everyone has a 3DS, so I want to find places that will let me set up a console and a TV (or just a console, if they have a TV) so we can play Smash Bros. and other stuff.
In any case, it’s great to be connecting with other gamers in the area, and I’m excited to be heading up this group. If you happen to live in or around SF and want to meet some other folks who like Nintendo games, check us out!