Mario Kart 7 launch event

Last night saw the launch event for Mario Kart 7 happen at the Sports CafĂ© at Haymarket in London. Although there was a hefty police presence outside due to protestors taking over most of the road, luckily we were still able to get into the venue to have a go on the game, drink some free beer and try to win a tournament. Quite what the prize was on offer I’m not sure I’m not sure, I just wanted to win.

We decided to get straight onto the rows of Nintendo 3DSs lined up, have a practice and set our times – myself starting at 2m5s on a course and managing to whittle it down to 1m58s. Thinking it was rather good I posted my time and chatted to other gaming dignitaries who rocked up as well as spotting a few famous faces including comedians Rufus Hound and Dom Joly and some other randoms I’ve never heard of who I’m assured were on Signed by Katie Price. I also grooved along to some cool tunes provided by Nintendisco. 90s beats mixed with video game sound effects is in fact rather fun to listen to. Unfortunately my great time trial time turned out to be not so great as most people said they got a faster time than me. Witchcraft I tell you!

And so the semi-finals began where groups of 8 all entered the same race via local ad-hoc connection and battled it out for first and second place. My name wasn’t called and so I prepared to leave – and just then, I WAS called to the stage and compete on one of the shell cup courses for a place in the grand final. To cut a long story short I missed my boost start, fell off a cliff and limped in at 6th place. Tired and with my tail between my legs I left the event and joined the protestors outside. They were protesting about pensions, I was protesting about my poor random weapon selection. Mario Kart 7 is out tomorrow for the 3DS – better get more practice in…

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