“We Came, We Saw, We Gamed!” Are probably the first six words that come to mind when describing Barcelona Games World. “An Incredible Experience For Any Gamer!” are definitely another six. It was beyond a doubt one of the most spectacular events I have ever had the privilege to go to. While it is true that I have not been to many Videogame Events, Barcelona Games World certainly makes up for it! It’s no E3, Gamescom or even Tokyo Games Show, but it did have a lot to offer gamers of all genres and calibres. Playstation no doubt had the biggest booth imaginable which house most of the VR games, along with Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian, Uncharted 4, Lego Dimensions and a whole lot more, Xbox had a sizeable presence as well what with Gears of War 4, Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and a list of other games as long as your arm.
However, being Nintendo Fans, it was the Nintendo booth we came to see, and though it wasn’t the largest, or had Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild bursting from the seams like at E3, It was the most colouful and the most entertaining. It had several Wii U’s with playable demos on their most popular games including Splatoon, Smash Bros Wii U, Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario Maker. Paper Mario: Colour Splash was there as well. Along with a lot of 3DS consoles with many more titles including the newest ones like Mario Party: Star Rush, Rhythm Paradise Megamix, Monster Hunter Generations and Kirby: Planet Robobot.
That wasn’t all though as it also had a costume booth which allowed people to ‘Dress Up’ as some of their favourite characters for a chance to win some amiibo figures. There was also a number of amiibo displays including all the Smash Bros Figures, Super Mario Series and also Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild amiibo figures (Whoa!!). The NES Classic Mini also had it’s own section where people could play through some of the 30 titles it had to offer. It was truly a wonderful place to be and for all of the haters out there, the Nintendo Booth sure did have a lot of love and attention for a company that is supposedly “Dead in the water.” Oh, and did I forget to mention that Charles Martinet was there as well? You know, the guy that has been voicing Super Mario for the last 20 odd years! Well, we also got an exclusive interview with him which is available to watch on YouTube or on our website.
There was also large arena for tournaments where the finals were held for League of Legends, Battlefield 1 and the like. My favourite area, second only to the Nintendo Booth of course, was the Retro Barcelona area which had pretty much every retro console going along with stands where you could buy some great classics like the Nintendo 64, Playstation, Gameboy and a whole lot more. There were also over a hundred different consoles set up all over the place so that gamers can feel that wave of nostalgia whilst playing their favourite games of yesteryear. what did surprise me was how popular the Virtual Boy was (I know, right?). It was truly an amazing experience to have and I can’t wait for my next outing to a Gaming event but whilst on the subject of Barcelona Games World. We have uploaded a series of videos on our YouTube Channel and put them into one big playlist which you can enjoy right here on our website or via this link.