It’s About Time! – Wii Nintendo National Competition

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I came across this article on LA.com.   It’s about time Nintendo did a Wii gaming Competition!  I love it!  — Check it out – it’s this weekend in Redondo Beach.  See below.

By Kristin S. Agostoni Staff Writer
They’ve spent the summer bowling, racing and shooting hoops on television screens across the country, and next week the best of them are headed to Redondo Beach.

The Wii Games: Summer 2010 national competition that began in mid-July will culminate Sept. 3 at Redondo Beach Marina, which is preparing to host 90 teams and spectators during a three-day event that’s open to the public.

Wii is Nintendo’s popular home video game console that features a wireless controller for use with a variety of motion-control games.

“This is a big deal,” said Redondo Beach Marina property manager Leslie Page, who has helped plan for the Wii championships in the marina’s north parking lot near Seaside Lagoon.

Organizers have arranged for former Olympian and “Dancing with the Stars” winner Shawn Johnson to appear at the Friday opening, when she’ll lead contenders through warm-up exercises. Johnson is expected to meet with fans for about an hour after the 11 a.m. start time.

Participants will compete for prizes in five Wii challenges: basketball, bowling, kart racing, Hula Hooping and clearing a level in New Super Mario Bros.

Attendees, meanwhile, can either sit back and watch or try out yet-to-be released video games.

Since organizers decided on Redondo Beach for the Wii finals, Page said planning efforts have focused on public safety, crowd control and parking availability.

She said city crews will have to inspect a two-story, 264-by-420-foot tent that will be erected in the marina parking area managed by Decron Properties.

To cut back on traffic congestion, people are encouraged to walk, take shuttles or cycle to the marina, where an extra 300 bike racks will be available, she said.

Local businesses seem to be taking note of the rush of visitors who soon will reach the South Bay.

“All the restaurants are going to have Wii martinis, Wii this and Wii that,” Page said. “They’re flying in about 260 contestants from around the United States.”

Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Marna Smeltzer said she expects the finalists, their families and others to stay in King Harbor hotels.

And because of the Labor Day weekend scheduling, she added, they’ll have their pick of nearby activities, including live music on the Redondo Beach pier and nearby Fiesta Hermosa in Hermosa Beach.

“I think it’s really good for the whole area because this will bring people down to the beach,” Smeltzer said.

But winning contestants will walk away with more than a free trip to the shore. (According to the Wii Games website, finalists receive paid flights, hotel stays, meals and entertainment.)

First-place prizes include a Royal Caribbean cruise for the team, a flat screen TV and surround system, a one-year Netflix Membership and more.

kristin.agostoni@dailybreeze.com

Want to go?

What: Nintendo Wii championships

Where: Redondo Beach Marina, 181 N. Harbor Drive

When: The event is open to the public next weekend, Sept. 3-5. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Information: Spectators are encouraged to take shuttles from Redondo Union High School at Pacific Coast Highway and Diamond Street, or from the Knob Hill Community Center, 320 Knob Hill Ave. Parking will be available at both sites, and shuttles will run every 25 minutes. Walking or biking also is encouraged. For more, link to www.redondo.org or www.wiigames2010.com/

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