Monday, August 22, 2016

That Time I Was Encouraged to be a Kid + a Giveaway #3DSKidForADay

Disclaimer: I was invited to be a VIP at the Play Nintendo Summer Tour in Schaumburg, Illinois which facilitated this post and giveaway on The Eclectic Element. All opinions and expressions above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service before purchasing as your results may vary.



I've always been a kid at heart.

I owned a few children's coloring books and a crayon tower before the adult coloring craze became popular. I can't pass up a good stuffed animal or plushie and my queen size bed reflects that. Some women prefer flowers and jewelry as gifts but give me a pretty rock you found on the ground and I'll be thrilled (although jewelry is always appreciated). I also have a box underneath my bed with play doh, tinker toys, that aforementioned crayon tower, bubbles, and more for when I'm bored.

Adulthood may get in the way (a lot) now that I'm 26 years old but I'm proud to say that that inner child of mine is still in there and ready to come out and play at any given time despite other peoples' scoffs!

Quite honestly I think being able to break out that inner child of mine when things get tough, especially with my illnesses, is needed and is a big reason of why I remain so positive most of the time.






Thanks to my bloggy friend Jen of My Crafty Life blog and Nintendo I was invited to be a kid for a day! Seriously, the hashtag for the event was #3DSKidForADay.


The event itself was hosted at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois. Sadly the boyfriend had to work that day so he couldn't make it (he's been wanting a 3DS XL for years so he was not a happy camper he had to miss testing one out) but when I put it out there that I was in need of an escort a family friend gladly accepted the invitation!

The VIPs were treated to dinner at the A&W inside Woodfield. We were some of the first guests to arrive so we were allowed in, introductions were made, and were told to order dinner when we were ready.





Did I mention the moment we walked in we were handed a drawstring bag that contained Nintendo's infamous 3DS XL gaming system along with 3 select games to play? We were actually encouraged to play games throughout dinner and the entire event!

Yeah.

Be jealous.






While eating, the staff at the event gave us information on their new 3DS XL system, the Play Nintendo Summer Tour, and gave all of us VIPs a chance to win some awesome Nintendo inspired prizes with what other than Nintendo trivia.

My escort for the evening, Kyle, actually won one of the prizes and was nice enough to want to split the loot with me but I was adamant: he won so he gets all the spoils!

Although I will admit that Super Mario Bros. checkers and tic-tac-toe set was super cool.






While I've grown up with these games and played them throughout my childhood I'm not really good with the gaming trivia but I swear I actually knew the last question (thanks mostly to my boyfriend)!

Sadly I was just seconds late raising my hand. Darn it.

Once trivia was over it was off to the wonderful world of Nintendo; if you were an outsider walking around the mall you happened to see this large chunk of the mall gone and overrun with children of all ages, but you really couldn't understand the magical-ness of this little world until you step foot inside...






After Kyle and I stood there for awhile wondering where to start off first, we decided to walk around and get a feel for each station. There were a total of 7 different Nintendo gaming stations spread throughout the Nintendo world with 7 different games to play. The VIPs had their own 3DS XL system so technically we could just pop a squat anywhere and play to our heart's content without having to wait in lines but then we couldn't get our tokens...

See, here's the thing: when you entered the Nintendo world you were given a passport. In order to receive a token, you needed to go to each gaming station, play that specific game, and receive a sticker letting the staff know you've been there.

The games ranged from newer remastered classics like Kirby, Mario Cart, and Donkey Kong to games I had never heard of before like Yo-Kai Watch.







Along with the 7 gaming stations this particular Nintendo world featured a huge XL 3DS stage, multiple photo opportunities inclusive of sitting in Donkey Kong's barrel, racing your way in a Mario Cart race car, posting with a massive Kirby and even doing your best to throw an oversized Pokeball.

They also featured information on their newest 3DS XL system along with other systems they offer, gaming merchandise like backpacks, shirts, and shoes that can be purchased through Van's and more!










Aside from the magical world of Nintendo smack dab in the middle of Woodfield, one thing that really captured my attention was the "DJs" and staff of the event were absolutely fantastic! Whether they were up on stage pumping up the players, giving information on the tour, and playing video game music trivia or at each station helping and encouraging kids and adults alike to stop and play, take pictures, and generally have a blast, these staffers really did help make the event memorable and special.

Throughout the evening if you had your passport finished you were able to compete in gaming competitions for prizes and at the very end there was a massive Mario Cart competition to end it all! 30 players. 2 teams. 4 gaming podiums. Best time with one lap around the track was the ultimate champion!

Each player, regardless of winning or losing, got a prize and the ultimate champion of the competition received a really awesome Nintendo prize package.

































Regardless of whether you were 5 or 45 (I fall somewhere in between there...) this event allowed you to connect to your inner child and bring back your childhood or be an excitable kid allowed to play video games while you ate dinner. Regardless it was a fantastic time had by all and one thing I know for sure: Nintendo really knows how to throw a party!

For those of you interested in the newest Nintendo 3DS XL or any of the DS line of gaming systems you can learn all about them, their features, and pricing on the Nintendo 3DS Page.

You also can't miss out on the Play Nintendo Summer Tour; maybe you'll get to experience this magical Nintendo world for yourselves! Next stop is Tysons Corner, Virginia at the Tysons Corner Center, August 26-28. Will you be there?


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{The Giveaway}

1 Copy of Disney Art Academy for Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems!








{The Rules}


1. You MUST use the name and email you want to be contacted with in the Rafflecopter.

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3. Contest will run from Monday, August 22, 2016 through to Monday, September 9, 2016.

4. Open to individuals 18 years or older.

5. Open to US residents only--Sorry everyone else!




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Disclaimer: I was invited to be a VIP at the Play Nintendo Summer Tour in Schaumburg, Illinois which facilitated this post and giveaway on The Eclectic Element. All opinions and expressions above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service before purchasing as your results may vary. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years or older and will run from Monday, August 22, 2015 12:00am CST until Monday, September 9, 2015 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be randomly chosen through Rafflecopter.com and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You'll then have 24 hours (1 full day from when the winning email was sent) to claim your prize and send me all applicable information-If I haven't heard from you within that time frame, I will be forced to choose another winner. The Eclectic Element and all related parties are in no way liable or responsible for unfulfilled or damaged prizes.


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79 comments:

LeahSay's Views - Bonnie said...

It looks and sounds like you had a fantastic day! Our family has always enjoyed playing games. Just this past weekend we had card and board games going at the same time. Keeps your mind active and great conversations begin when we are all together.

Jenine Herrell said...

It's amazing that the Game Boy has been around for almost 40 years now. I have friends that still play and will bring their newest incarnations around with them wherever they go. I love the Mario shoes! My friend has some Batman shoes that I've been coveting and they remind me of his. Oh and that HUGE Pokeball! My kids would be having a field day over that. The pictures you put up of the event at the mall look amazing. It reminds me of a little E3.

Patty Woodland said...

I have to admit to a total ignorance to this system. Not having kids and having been pretty much an adult when it came out I just never got involved. It looks like you had a lot of fun.

Gwendolyn Mulholland said...

This looks like a whole lot of fun and I am actually a little jealous. I love that there was so much to do for kids of ALL ages. You are only as old as you feel inside. Video games are such a great way to relax and bond with your own children. I love the Nintendo 3DS and think I might need to put one on my Christmas list. I didn't realize that you could purchase & download games right to the game system. This is a nice feature so you don't have to carry the games themselves around.

Ellen said...

This looks absolutely amazing. I would have loved to have gone. I totally spend time each day playing video games :)

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

Want...must have...those shoes. And the big Poke ball. Also, to hang out with you. You get to go to the coolest things and I love your reviews. I always feel like I was there.

Ben Butler said...

That is so freaking AWESOME! I want a 3DS in the worst way. Mainly because I'm a Pokemaniac. Last weekend, I watched every second of the 2016 Pokemon World Championships. It was a solid weekend of 3DS battling and TCG games. #Nerd

Pam said...

This sounds like a really fun event. I love the giant Pok├ęball!

Six Time Mommy TEST said...

This looks like it would be such a fun time! How cool, i love nintendo! Looks like a wonderful event. The giant poke ball would seriously have my boys flipping out - Jeanine

Lindsey Paris said...

I would ditch the kids and play Kirby all night. Those sneakers are awesome! And play any game? That's super cool.

Marcie W. said...

What an awesome event! I am an early nineties kid, so I grew up playing an original Nintendo Entertainment System. I love that I can still find that carefree joy with my own children through a 3DS or Wii!

Brandy said...

That looks like so much fun! I would love to go to an event like this!

Donna said...

We are huge Nintendo fans, here, too! My son spent a week in NYC this summer with his theatre group and got to go to the Nintendo store there... he was in Heaven! It sure does sound like you had a blast!

courtney erickson said...

Holy moly,I learned a lot! First of all,I learned that I totally missed when the Play Nintendo tour came through my city,doh! I will be paying more attention in the future for sure.I also learned that Rosalina is my mushroom kingdom bff according to the test,good to know,lol.So many great games coming out,I can't wait!

Kiwi said...

This is every 80s baby and 90s kid dream! Wow how come I wasnt invited??? Man I am so jelly...super jelly too much fun man! We should all as adults experience something as fun as this!

Amanda Love said...

How can one not enjoy an event like this! It doesn't just make you feel young and cool but you also get a very awesome blast from the past! It's pretty cool to be able tot try the latest DS! I envy you so much!

Brianne Manz said...

This event looked like so much fun! I love being able to act and play like a kid again!

Nicole Escat said...

Wow, this is a wonderful event! I wish I can go to an event like this too with my son.

Tonya said...

Every adult should act like a kid once in awhile. Especially with your kids. ;) I loved Mario when my kids were younger. We played all the time and those shoes are too cute!

Shell said...

This sounds like the best time! I'd love to get to be a kid for a day again!

Meagan Goepferich said...

This looks like a lot of fun. I am sure you had a fabulous day.

Kristi said...

What a fun event. I love to play mario cart with our girls. I'm not good at it but that just means we can all laugh at my poor skills as they smoke me every time!

Nikki Wayne said...

Oh, I want to bring my son in this kind of event. I am so sure that he will enjoy a day there!

Kim said...

I learned they just released a Style Savvy: Fashion Forward game. That would be a hit here!
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Scott said...

Didn't realize they released a 3D Land for the DS! Need that one for our collection!

Shauntea Crutcher said...

I learned that you can download games and apps with this game system.

Katrina Gehman said...

oh man that looks like a blast. my kids would love this. we love nintendo and video games.

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May Rodriguez said...

The Play Nintendo 3DS Page something learned is can download games and app and also that there a New Super Mario 3D Land Edition New Nintendo 3DS for just $150 want to get it now.

courtney said...

I am a gaming nerd so this is right up my alley. Nitendo was a giant part of my life as a kid so seeing the page really brings up good times and memories.

bbrittbrat1398 said...

That event looks so fun. It looks like something that my husband and I can have a good time at. Brittney House

Molli Reisman said...

i honesatyl didnt know they have upgraded luigi and mario

Melissa Cunningham said...

You can download apps and games!

David Stuttard said...

I learned that you can take photos and have a journal log for the mushroom.

Mary Cloud said...

They have a timeline showing their games through the years - I didn't realize there was a Nintendo handheld before the Gameboy.

laydeelovewv said...

You can create a chore list for your kids.

Anonymous said...

My sons would have such a fun time here. nathankyle1707@yahoo.com

Hil'Lesha O'Nan said...

I've learned that there is a new Super Mario 3D Land game.

Karlaroundtheworld | Karla said...

Wow, I would gladly take a day off my travels for one of these events. Nintendo's always been there for us as kids and now adults, we can always appreciate the smiles they've given to us. I'd love to have a 3DS wherever I go!

Trey Burley said...

Nintendo! A version of their road trip is in town next week and I can't wait to attend. Our 6YO loves the 3DS and the graphics are top notch. I use the 3D and even that is quite impressive.

Laurie Nykaza said...

Super Mario 3D Land game is new and my kids have been asking for it.

Ashley h said...

My boys love their 2dss. They love all Mario games and I'm sure would love this game. I didn't know some form of game boy started in the 80's. ash_eliz_84@yahoo.com

Becca Wilson said...

This looks like it was so much fun. My husband and son would have loved to go to something like this.

Sarah L said...

I learned that it's a lot easier to find out the games on their website vs amazon! Looks like you had a blast!

Michelle said...

I'm such a huge fan of the DS. It's really changed a lot since the days I played it as a kid. I learned that they're launching a new Mario focused 3DS version that's just $150. So cool!

Ashley Chassereau Parks said...

I learned that you can enable parental controls on any handheld system in the Nintendo 3Ds family! That would be really helpful with little ones!

AngelWinner said...

I like that I can enable parental controls to manage content and that we can have multiplayers.

Francine Anchondo said...

I learned that you can play multiplayer‡ games with friends & family

Renee Walters said...

I learned they have a crash course for parents about the games on their web page.

Cathleen King said...

I like that there's a new Super Mario 3D Land game.

Melissa Teears said...

I learned that there is a new 3ds that is the Super Mario 3D Land Edition. It comes with the game included a 2 Mario themed face plates. My son would live this for Christmas

Erica C. said...

I didn't know a tour was going on...this is the first I've heard of it.

Kimberly M. said...

WOW I didn't realize they made so many different gaming system. I thought there were only about 5. Big surprise.

noreen said...

I was looking at the new games. I know my daughter would just love to play the Kirby planet robobot

carolwegs said...

I really like tha MARIOland 3ds version. My son loves to play his 3DS and there are so many great games. I am sure there will be a few new games on his Christmas list again this year. Thanks

Renee said...

I learned there are some great family titles available for the 3ds. Everyone in my family besides my 3 year old has a 3ds. She will get one when she's a little older :)

SexyBrat said...

I learned they have a zelda game for the 3DS.

Gabrielly Margutti said...

I learned that you can download games and apps with this game system

kyl neusch said...

they just released a Style Savvy: Fashion Forward game

Erica Hillman Stewart said...

Wow! What an incredibly awesome giveaway, I am totally excited. I headed on over to the Nintendo 3DS site and I learned that in addition to the new
Super Mario 3D Land game there is also a -Super Mario 3D Land "Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS". How Cool! Again, I'd like to thank you for this super amazing giveaway and Hope that ya'll are having a great week so far!!

susan1215 said...

Wow so many games to choose from! They all look so fun. My kids love the Nintendo characters which is why they buy Nintendo systems and games. I like the parents section on the website.

Amanda Cantrell said...

I was shocked to see how many different games there are!

Autumn said...

I didn't realized the New Nintendo 3DS had face-tracking 3D! The 3D on my older system hurt my eyes but knowing this I might buy a New 3DS after all.

Annmarie Weeks said...

I see that the new Nintendo 3DS XL has built-in amiibo support! I know my son would love that!

Susan Smoaks said...

i love all things nintendo and pokemon too. i want all the nintendo 3ds games for my family.

Renee Walters said...

This looks like a really fun event. The giant Pok├ęball is so cool! My kids would love this!

LeAnn Harbert said...

You can play any Nintendo 3DS game with any of the Nintendo 3DS hand held systems.

Daniel M said...

you can download games too

Katie said...

What a fun day you must have had! I like that you can bundle the portable player with the land mario game preinstalled! Helps for those of us who aren't the most tech savvy haha

Kreaka said...

I learned that the first handheld video game system by Nintendo was actually made in 1980! Earlier than I thought.

Lisa Voyce said...

I learned the progression on the Gameboy throughout the years.

Rachel Freer said...

I learned that with the 3ds you can play multiplayer games with friends & family.

LesleyfromWI said...

I learned that they have a Mushroom Kingdom Chore Chart on their site

Clair Freebie said...

My daughter is big into Nintendo games and characters right now! I can't believe all of the games that are available!

Misty said...

I learned that they have enable parental controls to manage content.

Linda Snyder said...

I learned that the new Nintendo 3DS XL has a larger screen and face-tracking 3D technology. The Disney Art Academy game looks like a lot of fun.

Jennafer211 said...

I learned that the 3D Xl now comes in a New Galaxy Style and looks pretty awesome. Thanks!

carissa joslyn said...

I learned that there is a new 3DSXL We have always been nintendo fans! and will continue to be :)

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