Anyone at PAX 2006 could tell you that no matter where you looked, there was a handheld gaming device (okay okay. There were DSâ€™
) in every nook and cranny at the show. We tried our best to run a series of tournaments, much like we do in the PC and console areas, but there were a variety of factors that really hindered the formatâ€™s ability to translate to handheld gaming. (connectivity, no dedicated rooms, etc. etc.)
That said, weâ€™re trying something new this year. It dawned upon us that there were (obviously) more handheld consoles being played than any other (albeit socially), meaning there was this untapped potential for this cool, competitive thing a ton of people could participate inâ€¦ but the existing format just doesnâ€™t scale very well. 16-32-64 person tourneys are greatâ€¦ but anything bigger and youâ€™re looking a logistical nightmare and TONS of waiting around for 95% of the players. Blah.
So Iâ€™d like to introduce our new concept: The Handheld Distributed Tournament System.
Itâ€™s essentially a convention-wide platform for competing 1v1 against anyone and everyone with a DS or a PSP with actual rankings/prizes at the end of the tournament/show. How is this going to work, you ask? Let me explain!THE OFFICIAL HDTS RULES!
- When you arrive, go to the HDTS Booth in Handheld Lounge B on the 2nd floor. In exchange for a holepunch in your official PAX Badge, you will receive two HDTS buttons. Thatâ€™s all thatâ€™s required to register.
- You may challenge any person wearing an HDTS button for one (1) button. (a good visual initiation would be to present your button between your thumb and index finger) They can decline the challenge, but hey, that means they canâ€™t win your button. Their loss.
- Any handheld game and system may be used with any gametype â€“ the only condition is that both players agree beforehand on the ruleset.
- Intentional dropping is not cool and will result in an automatic forfeiture of your button, but come on guys- this is PAX! (I honestly donâ€™t see much of this happening)
- Any disputes should be directed toward the HDTS Booth Staff.
After 2 PM on Sunday, you can check in to the HDTS Booth to report your button count. (the buttons will be yours to keep, but they will be uniquely marked to avoid multiple use of the same button) Pooling buttons together is not allowed. Weâ€™ll list the Top 5 at 4 PM where winners can claim their prizes! (weâ€™re working on the five prizes, but what weâ€™ve got so far is pretty sweet)
If youâ€™re looking for a SPECIFIC game to play, weâ€™ve set up some â€œsuggested timesâ€ in Handheld Lounge B
for certain games. By no means are you required to use these, but hopefully people will find this helpful:Friday02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
: Mario Kart: DS04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
: Pokemon Jump Super/Ultimate Stars06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
: Metroid Pinball / Metroid Prime: Hunters08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
: Meteos / Bleach DSSaturday10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
: Puzzle League / Bomberman12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
: PSP Games02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
: Elite Beat Agents / Ouendan04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
: Lumines06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
: Tetris / Advance Wars08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
: Brain Games / Zendoku / Puzzle GamesSunday10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
: Puzzle Quest12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
: Naruto / New Super Mario Bros.
Like I said, thereâ€™s a huge potential for this to turn out really really well (or spectacularly terrible!). If itâ€™s a hit, weâ€™ll make sure itâ€™s a big part of the show for 2008 and beyond.