We gathered up all of our Nintendo games from the NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, and Wii (thanks to my mom for not throwing my old games away!), set up a few TVs in the cultural hall at the Church, brought in the couches from the foyer (with permission, of course) and had an epic 24-man "Nintendo Tournament of a Lifetime". In order to facilitate 24 players, we split the men into six different teams. Four players at a time would compete in a mini-challenge on one game (one race in Excitebike, one 3-minute round of Super Smash Bros, most points in a quarter of NBA Jam, etc.) until all 4 players had attempted the challenge. The winner received 4 points, the runner-up received 3 points, 3rd place received 2 points, and 4th place received 1 point. The team that had the most points by the end of the night was declared the "Nintendo Champions of a Lifetime". In this particular case, it actually came down to a tie, so the two winning teams picked their two best players to go head-to-head in an epic speed run of Super Mario Bros World 1-1. It was awesome. Jeff gave out some gift cards for the winning team. It was a great activity, and we can't wait to do it again. If you have some old Nintendo games lying around and are in need of a fun activity, give it a shot. It's a sure way to get your 20 to 30 year old Elder's to come out to an activity.
|More games means more awesome.|
|Free food + Nintendo is a guaranteed success.|
|Setting up the teams. The dude in purple is ready to roll.|
|Jeff kept score in Microsoft Ecxel. It's great to be a nerd.|
|Bo Jackson is unstoppable in Tecmo Bowl. It's really not even fair.|
|Brody was the champion of the night--he had nerves of steel.|
He beat Super Mario Bros World 1-1 in record time.
|And then he just kept on going.|