Are you a better “Mario Kart Wii” driver than anyone you know? Does someone in your family bowl a perfect game every time in “Wii Sports Resort?” Do you upload “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” speed runs to YouTube? If so, you might want to think about competing in Nintendo’s Wii Games event one of the next few weekends at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.
In short, Nintendo is hosting a number of regional competitions around the country, in which teams of two or four players participate in a series of five events. If you’re a North Coast resident, your best (and really only) bet is to head to a weekend event in Vallejo. If you do well enough there, you’ll be invited to compete against top teams from around the country in Los Angeles in early September. Players at the L.A. event will compete for a national title and can win prizes including cruises, Nintendo gear and home entertainment packages, not to mention fame and glory.
The competition is open to anyone 6 or older and features the following five events:
*Bowling in “Wii Sports Resort”: One team member bowls one 10-frame game.
*Basketball in “Wii Sports Resort”: One team member plays three rounds of the 3-point contest.
*”Mario Kart Wii”: One team member races the time trials at the Mushroom Gorge racetrack, against the standard ghost.
*”Wii Fit Plus”: One player participates in one round of the hula hoop challenge.
*”New Super Mario Bros. Wii”: The entire team participates in a coin collection challenge, trying to clear a level and grab as many coins as possible in the process.
Teams will compete in a variety of different divisions, such as parent and child, parent and teen, two teens, two adults, “super adult” (a name sure to please AARP denoting a pair of adults 55 and older) and “family,” essentially a category for two adults and two kids who need not be related.
The Wii Games at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom run through Aug. 15 and take place in four-hour windows, from noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Can’t make it over before noon? There’s a second session that runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is at 1001 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo. Registration for the Six Flags events are on-site only, and are first-come, first-served, so you may want to head down a little early and make a day of it.
Update: There’s no cost associated with entering the Wii Games contest, but because the event is at Six Flags, you’ll have to shell out money for park admission and parking. Thanks to reader Jim for pointing this out and the folks at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for confirming.