We've seen you racing down Rainbow Road in the queue at Sainsbury's. We've also noticed you desperately arranging tetrominoes on the tube and catching Pokémon at the bus stop, so we know you're just as addicted to playing Nintendo DS as we are. For over a year now, DS:London has been organising frequent pub meetups where fans of the handheld console can gather for competition and conversation over pints. If you've been playing alone, then you're missing out all the fun afforded by the system's wireless multiplayer support.
Thankfully there's no better time to join the group than tomorrow afternoon when they host a charity gaming tournament for Children In Need. From 3:00 p.m. at the University of London Union, gamers will gather to raise money for this noble cause with competitions in Bomberman, Mario Kart and Tetris. A donation of £2 is requested for participation in one tournament, whilst a £5 donation allows hardcore devotees to play in every event. As the venue is a bar, all attendees must be 18 years of age or over.
The final event of the night will be The Nintendo Iron(wo)man: a combination of the most popular DS games, finishing with a knock-out round of boxing on the Wii. You may wish to pace your drinking carefully, however, as Mario Karts are just as challenging to drive under the influence as their real world counterparts.
The full schedule of events:
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Registration
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Tetris Tournament
5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.: Break
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.: Mario Kart Tournament
6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Big Break
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Bomberman Tournament
8:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Nintendo Iron (Wo)men Tournament
9:00 p.m. - closing: Open gaming
Image courtesy of Minh Ngu's Flickr photostream.
DS:London charity gaming tournament for Children In Need on Saturday 17 November 2007 from 3:00 p.m. until closing at The Gallery, University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY.