Snow Pow!! Sugadaira Snowboarding with GGB!

February…time to hit the slopes again! GGB headed to Sugadaira, Nagano, from 9th - 11th for a nice lil’ getaway from Tokyo.

Amazing views of the surrounding slopes in Sugadaira, Nagano

Amazing views of the surrounding slopes in Sugadaira, Nagano

It was the first time going here but it didn’t disappoint!

The town was quaint and sleepy, but the slopes plentiful! It wasn’t packed despite being a 3 day weekend…which was nice :) Another upside was that most of the people were there were skiers…and skiers don’t like powder apparently. So it was nice and fresh and deep for us! Snow Pow! Woo!

GGB boys getting ready to hit the slopes

GGB boys getting ready to hit the slopes

Evening 1 we went on a nice night walk to the conbini (about 30 mins walk away) but the conditions were awesome for a night stroll. Well…it was freezing of course…

Day 2 consisted of lots of woodland courses and drinking with random Japanese peeps. We even got to play little blackjack with them!

Day 3 we hit the bigger slopes and saw some mad views. Preeeeetty beautiful

Overall, I would definitely recommend Sugadaira and I would happily go again.

It was really affordable (just 27,000 for 3 days for rental, accommodation (including dinner and breakfast) lift tickets and transport using this site ——> Ski Ichiba!), not so busy, not so far from Tokyo, and the slopes were good.

Super enjoyable GGB Snowbo trip :)

Get out to the slopes peeps before the season comes to an end!

(闘会議) GGB Crashes Tokaigi 2019 (Day 2)

Day 2 was Twice the Fun (and twice as many GGB Members attending)

Confession time: we were late to Day 2 of Tokaigi and unfortunately we missed Ally’s game in the Nico Nico finals.

Excuse time: Makuhari Messe is pretty far from west Tokyo and 10:30am is a bit early on a Sunday.

Hikaru: Nico Nico/Tokaigi 2019 Champion!

Hikaru: Nico Nico/Tokaigi 2019 Champion!

It didn’t stop chroMa (me) and Bursss from making the most of the rest of the event. We got to see some exciting matches with some of Japan’s top players like Hikaru, Abadango, and Nietono. Hikaru walked away as the Champion after some really close matches (and really silly items). It was hard to catch what the interviewer was asking, but it seemed like they were questioning Hikaru a lot on why he wasn’t using DK and I think his basic answer was that Zero Suit Samus is more mobile, so better at getting/dodging items than DK.

Day 2 of Tokaigi was just as event-filled as Day 1. There were huge crowds being drawn to Street Fighter V, Splatoon, and some first person shooters as well. Probably the most fun thing was messing around with this retro-pong game that used a wheel (which you would rotate to move your block left and right) and a physical “pong-cube” that must’ve been connected to some sort of magnet. Played about 10 games with Bursss (losing most of em :/ ).

Unfortunately, there weren’t any chances to play Smash on Day 2, and after the Nico Nico tournament finished most of the Smash folk went home. Hoping that next year the Smash Ultimate section at Tokaigi is much bigger and hopefully a few members of GGB get to place.

Fire Emblem (and GGB) Representing

Fire Emblem (and GGB) Representing

(闘会議) GGB Crashes Tokaigi 2019 (Day 1)

Tokaigi is a special event for us. Without it, GGB might not exist.

Tokaigi 2018 is the first Smash bros event any of us went to in Japan. Before that, a combination of difficult to find events and lack of motivation all but completely prevented it. But when we went to Tokaigi 2018, met players like Larry Lurr, and got to feel the in-person excitement these events could have, we were inspired.

This year, only chroMa (me) could make it out to Day 1 of Tokaigi. Waking up at 7:30 a.m. and taking an 1.5 hour train ride out to Chiba isn’t the best way to start a weekend to be sure, but the pay off was awesome. There was about a half hour wait before 10:00a.m. (official opening) to get in and there had to be about 700 or 800 people in line in front of me. Luckily, between the light shows, the fog machines, the various cosplayers waiting in line, and the banging music that half hour passed pretty quick.

Once inside the event, I bee-lined straight to the very back of the convention hall where the Smash Tournament was happening. Yah, it had some weird (read: bad) rules like items on and stage transformations, but they were trying okay? Once the preliminaries were over, there was a short break for lunch where I got to play some free matches and explore the rest of the venue.

It was huge, and there were tons of different new games that you could try out for free, including some cool VR attractions. There were also some… not so great attractions (see: Test Taking attraction? event? —>)

It wouldn’t be a convention with a Cosplayers right? Well, this year’s Tokaigi had some of the best I’ve ever seen. There was a Samus that came up to ESAM to take a picture (check it out in ESAM’s Twitter here). There were Smash characters all around: Inklings, Marios, Fire Emblem left and right, you name it. I’ll put some of my favorites from Day 1 below.

Well, if you’ve made it this far you deserve a little something for your troubles. One of the big, non-advertised, events that took place at Day 1 Tokaigi 2019 was an unsanctioned, real-rules match between ESAM (Pikachu) and Abadango (Metaknight). Unfortunately the game got cut off at the very end, but it looked like ESAM was about to win anyway. Here’s the picture proof!

ESAM's secret (normal rules) match vs Abadango.JPG

Ueno Smash Ultimate Tournament!!! (feat. GGB)

Here we go! GGB’s first tournament of the year! No better place then Ueno Buzz e-Sports Studio!

On a chilly Sunday morning, the whole GGB team headed over to Ueno for our first Smash tournament of the year, and what a treat it was!

The Buzz e-sports studio is a fantastic location…very accessible and spacious. GGB arrived around 10:10 and immediately got invited to play a few friendlies. The tourney itself kicked off around 16:00 so there was plenty of time to get warmed up.

This was GGB Mr BC’s first tournament, and he held his own with Link against some pretty formidable rivals! We all played some games against みたらち(Mitarachi) who had a very polished Young Link, The-Gen who played a mean Ness, and まーい(Mai) who ended up being the second place winner with a nay untouchable Palutena.

When the actual tournament kicked off, things got wild! GGBchroMa got placed against none other than Mitarachi and his Young Link, which needless to say is a terrible matchup for Donkey Kong. After a 0-2 Loss, he went over to support GGBBursss in his match against だいろ(Dairo) and his King Dedede. After his 2-1 win, his next match up was against からちゃん (Karachan) who very skillfully played Yoshi. She walked away with a 2-0 win against GGB Bursss, but both games were pretty close. Karachan actually made it to the Semi-final round of the tournament! All in all, not a bad performance for our first real tournament.

Looking forward to getting better and seeing more GGB followers at tournaments!

2019 Snowboarding in Hakuba!

So it begins…a new year…and this seasons snowboarding with GGB. 2 days in Hakuba…don’t mind if we do!

Overnight bus (about 6 hours) on January 1 from Shinjuku before arriving in the famous Hakuba, for a short but sweet 2 day mini-snowboarding vacation.

The snow was falling gently when we arrived, but the powder was piled up high. Looked like whiteout conditions from the morning, and that didn’t change over the 2 days…but fortunately our gear was on point.

On day 1 we stayed primarily on Goryu slope. The powder was so cushiony! Falling was quite dreamy ;) We practiced a few jumps over the banks between runs, as well as smashed a few beginner slopes and of course, intermediate slopes. The white out conditions did make it tough to see each other much, and the bunny slope was a minefield, but apart from that, we got some fantastic runs in.

We stayed at Pension Rantanrirun, which was fantastic! The host Kurumi-san was the best!!!! :) :) :)

Day 2, we stayed on Hakuba 47. We did a few different runs of this mountain, and ate pizza at the bottom (sickkk!) A little slower to get down as we took the scenic route…good old cat tracks. Still, was awesome smashing both mountains with all GGB.

Of course whilst snowboarding, we played Smash Ultimate at every chance possible. Nothing like getting back to the room and smashing it out!

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check out the video we made of this snowboarding trip that has footage, more pics, and original music by Bursss.

Hakuba: 5/5 Stars