NES Trail to hold “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” tournament at Forty Fort Borough Building Nov. 1 to benefit Wyoming Valley Children’s Association
FORTY FORT—NES Trail, a loose collection of gamers with a charitable mindset, will hold a “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” tournament at noon Nov. 1 at the Forty Fort Borough Building.
The recipient of NES Trail’s first fundraising foray was Candy’s Place. The group raised $560 dollars at the tournament, which featured the same Super Smash Bros. game that will be the focus of Nov. 1’s event. The second fundraiser was a “MarioKart 8” tournament that benefited Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. That tournament raised $730 for WVCA.
WVCA will be the recipient of funds raised Sunday. The group first organized in 1924 as Wyoming Valley Crippled Children’s Association and, as polio and tuberculosis were brought under control, they adapted to handle other special needs cases. The organization dropped the first “C” from their name in 1985 and today provide a number of programs to families in the Wyoming Valley, including Together We Grow Pre-School, early identification programs and therapy services for children.
Along with raising money for WVCA, NES Trail co-founder Jamie Nelson is excited about the event’s ability to act as a video game history lesson. Attendees will have access to more than a dozen televisions, each showcasing a different gaming classic from the past. A few of the games may feature obscure characters who gained a new lease on life thanks to their inclusion in “Super Smash Bros.”
“I like the aspect of exposing other people to games that they wouldn’t otherwise know of,” Nelson said. “I love that there’s a good amount of characters in ‘Smash’ from retro games that people don’t know about. If it wasn’t for ‘Smash,’ ‘Earthbound’ probably wouldn’t have become as well-known as it is today, (‘Earthbound’ protagonist) Ness being a character in it. I think it’s important to the history of gaming and where gaming is now.”
“Smash” is a series of games that feature characters from Nintendo’s numerous franchises, including “Pokemon,” “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Fire Emblem,” battling in an arena-style fighting game. Smash Bros. games often feature guest stars like Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog and obscure characters from Nintendo’s past like R.O.B. (the robot that came with the original Nintendo Entertainment system). Smash combatants earn victory by knocking their opponent off the arena.
Milbrodt said he likes to play as Pikachu, one of the characters that made it to the final match of NES Trail’s last tournament. The electric Pokemon was joined in the final rounds by Mario, Pac-Man, Pit and Sheik; Sheik claimed victory.
The player who claims victory in the Nov. 1 double elimination tournament will win a trophy and an original “Smash Bros.” print donated by local graphic designer Jesse Musto. Prizes will also be awarded to second and third place. NES Trail will raffle items during the event, including a Smash Basket featuring “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.”
The raffle items at NES Trail tournaments are all donated by NES Trail members or paid for by Nelson and Milbrodt. They’re starting to gather sponsors like Carey’s Pub in Kingston and Musto. Nelson and Milbrodt said NES Trail is a self-sustaining organization and 100 percent of the money raised is donated to charity.
Entry into Nov. 1’s “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” tournament is $7 in advance and $10 the day of. Interested combatants can sign up at 1Up Games in Forty Fort. For more information about NES Trail, this tournament or future events, connect with NES Trail on Facebook or follow the group on Instagram @NES_Trail.
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Who: NES Trail, a charitable collection of local gaming enthusiasts
What: A “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” tournament to benefit Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. Along with the tournament, there will be a raffle and over a dozen televisions with a dozen different games to play
When: Doors open at noon, tournament begins at 12:30 p.m. and event is open to the public until 7 p.m.
Where: Forty Fort Borough Building, 1271 Wyoming Ave
How Much: The tournament carries a $7 pre-registration fee and a $10 registration fee the day of the event. Entry is free and non-tournament players are welcome.