Hey what's up guys my name is Michael Troina. Future GameInformer or IGN editor
I am a hardcore avid video game player, I love watching anime and reading manga.
My full walkthrough/playthrough's are found on my youtube account here
Youtube page I am also an athlete I play baseball, basketball, and football; I appear sometimes on my friends college sports radio show
I also blog a LOT (I'll put the links below) ranging from myIGN video game blog to my just Kingdom Hearts blog.
The systems I own are: SNES, N64, Gameboy-GBA, DS lite, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360, Dreamcast, GameGear, SEGA Genesis, PS1-3, Gamecube.
My favorite series/games are: Legend of Zelda, Super Mario (Bros 3 is the best but all the games), Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy IX, Uncharted, Marvel vs Capcom 2, Banjo-Tooie, Phoenix Wright, and Kingdom Hearts
Favorite animes: Code Geass, Gundam SEED, Durarara!!, Fairy Tail, Bleach, DragonBall Z
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Saturday and Sunday is where all the REAL action for me started. I competed in tournaments, saw amazing things, and of course got so much free stuff and actually bought something. Honestly, the weekend part made my time at NYCC 2013 very memorable.
[For those who want to read all about PS4/X1/Games]
I finally learned how to arrive at a decent time to NYCC. Around noon I arrived at the Javits Center and the first thing I did was head to the games I didn't play Thurs-Fri. So in turn I played upcoming games such as Dragonball Z: Battle of Z, Mario Party 3DS (on the 2DS I might add) and Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze. Upon playing these games Marc and I traveled to the Twitch booth, where Marc left because he didn't want to wait.
I, of course, did and I heard they were playing the Xbox One and showing Killer Instinct. Inside the Twitch TV booth and hosting the mini-tournament was the famous eSports professional game commentator: Alex Mendez aka GoldenboyFTW. So with a crowd of about 40-50 people we all stood and Alex would randomly select someone who wanted to play from the crowd and another to face him. After about 4 or 5 matches I was finally selected thanks to my good looks and Sonic the Hedgehog T-shirt.
In turn, I introduced myself, was placed on the couch with a fight stick and boom I was in the game. I selected Jago and from there on, with my experience in fighting games, I won 5 straight matches. It was tough, I used a controlled Grab Game (sorry I don't know how to ultra combo and stuff considering I only played Killer Instinct on the SNES) and I was able to take home the prize of:
Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven's which are valued about $300.
I was honestly shocked and Alex was giving my high-fives congratulating me. It was such a surreal moment and then the best part was Alex asked me to link him to my channel, TLMB/LegendofMikeandBill, so he can watch some of our stuff. THE GOLDENBOYFTW wants to see TLMB stuff!!!!
After my winnings in that tournament I decided to head on over to the Nintendo tournament section downstairs. After signing up, the tournament was announced to be the Arcade Mario Bros game (the multiplayer in SMB 3 and Superstar Saga etc but with the arcade controls). The tournament totaled 64 people and the rules were best 2 out of 3, you have to kill your opponent, or highest score wins after 10 levels. Naturally, I made it to the Final Four guaranteeing that I would win eShop money, but I wanted the grand prize: A Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle (yes I already own one). But my first match in the final four I fought a "camping bitch" who actually celebrated the fact he was that and I lost....so in turn I was naturally pissed and was going to punch the kid in the face if I didn't leave asap. Mario could only take me so far, I really just wanted to make the championship though.
As the day was ending and I decided to do some Dance Central on the Next Level live stream as well as play some more Super Mario 3D World (while of course grabbing free things like Luffy and Naruto posters); I ran into my friend EJ who said he was waiting for the Batman Arkham Origins Panel. I naturally met him and his brothers online and was just there trying to ease the pain of the lose.
Honestly, I never really played any Batman Arkham games but I've watched and I respect the awesomeness that is Batman. So, in turn at the panel I watched the new trailer, the announcement of a new character, the Electuctioner played by Steve Blum, and then I found out who is voicing The Joker in the new game....Troy Baker. The best part of the panel had to be Troy Baker, he's very funny, nice and we all pressured him into doing a Joker monologue. At first, he did a very bad "shut up" as the Joker and I felt the crowd and myself become scared like..."that wasn't good" or "oh God". But then....WOW...then he did an entire monologue as the joker and paid tribute to Marc Hamill and I swear the Joker was in the room with us....I HAD GOOSEBUMPS!!
My day ended on that high note and prepared myself for the final day.
The final day...I woke up as early as I could and used my Press Pass to its advantage. Exploring the show floor before the day opened, hanging out in the press lounge, I waited till about 9:55AM to start my real day. My original plan was to go to New york Sci-Fi Speed Dating, but I didn't have the patience to wait 4 minutes so in turn I went to something, that to this moment I am writing about AM STILL VERY ANGRY ABOUT.
I went to the Next Level Game Tournament and all I have to say is wow. The tournament consists of 3 games that are not out yet and you have to place in the top 6 to win: A Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, a Gaming PC, and 2 Tickets to PAX East VIP
Close your jaws/mouths now because I heard they were doing the tournament all 4 days and I didn't know about it till Sunday. So, naturally I signed up and the first game you play is on the PC: The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. Think Diablo meets Tower Defense. As a Diablo fanatic, I naturally won the round and was first overall, next up was Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on the PS4. Now, I've never played any AC game...EVER. Luckily, there was a 4 minute practice run where I learned the game as best as I could, with the developer of the multiplayer helping all eight of us out (8 per round). After the practice run, where I got destroyed the real game started and I owned. I came in second, although I was in first the entire time. The last game was Just Dance 2014, one of my favorite games and all I had to do was place in top 10 and I was guaranteed a finals spot. Unfortuantely, I got stuck with the 4P slot and I was no where NEAR the sensor bar...so in turn I did awful and basically that spelled demise for me.
Overall I came in 7th for Epic Loot, 7th for ACIV, and 66th in Just Dance. TWO TOP 10 FINISHES IN GAMES IVE NEVER PLAYED...but lost because of Just Dance...wow.
After that, my younger brother and frequent TLMB guest, Joey, came to comic con and Alex tweeted me that they were hosting another Killer Instinct tournament. This time, they had 4 regionals and the grandprize was one of those pelican suitcases with the screen in it so you can game on the go kind of thing. I definitely wanted that, but Alex saw me TWICE in the crowd and said he couldn't pick me...I later realized it was because I won yesterday and got the regular prize of the turtle beach headsets. But all hope wasn't lost as Joey got selected! He did well and actually is a do or die match but he lost by one punch and lost to that sectional champ.
It was really cool as Alex kept mentioning me during the fights, as if people actually knew me or watched yesterday, and Joey shouted me out after. From there, Joey wanted to demo the Nintendo games so we did that, we tried to compete again in the Next level game tournament but it closed off, so we got more free stuff (like a Soul Eater key protector).
After general walking around/window shopping, I bought an awesome Buster Blade Keychain (that actually is very detailed and sharp!), Joey and I tried the OCULUS RIFT and we decided to compete in the Nintendo Score Attack rather than the Pikmin 3 tournament (cause we don't like Pikmin and don't know how to play). The Score Attack was basically Donkey Kong Arcade I did pretty good but I didn't get top 5 so in turn we didn't win anything). As the day closed, I realized I missed my Adventure Time panel and interview because of hanging out with Joey and doing all the tournaments but it was totally worth it. As we were leaving, Nintendo had Mario visit because Sunday is kids day! So Joey, Marc, and I all got photos with Mario and it was really fun.
I had such a great time to experience all 4 days and winning stuff just added to the bonus. I definitely have to go almost every year now...and one of these days I will dress up!
I hope you guys enjoyed the read and are super jealous are excited to hear my opinion about the not released games I played at NYCC 2013.