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UK Wii Launch - Photos from Penzance
Photos from the Wii Launch in Penzance.

Mat Harding from the Old Boy's Gaming Network joined chum Todd Barden for a bit of costume fun for the Wii Launch in Penzance - here's some crazy photos, and an article from local paper The Cornishman!

TWO Penzance video games addicts - dressed in their favourite Nintendo characters - were among the first in Penwith to get their hands on a new Japanese console last week. Nintendo released its long-awaited Wii machine in the UK on Friday (December 8), and there to pick up a console each were friends Mat Harding, 33, and Todd Barden, 30. Dressed as Nintendo's classic Mario Brothers characters, the veteran gamers picked up their Wiis early doors at a Penzance game shop, where they also presented staff with miniature cakes in the shape of game controllers.

Each paid 180 to get their hands on the new console, which is played through an innovative motion capture controller rather than a conventional gamepad. "It's a new era in home entertainment," they proclaimed outside Game in the Wharfside Centre, where staff opened up two hours early to met the expected demand. "The Wii console is a revolution in gaming since it allows people of any age and skill to play using an innovative motion sensing controller." Explaining their colourful appearance on an overcast and rainy Friday morning, they told The Cornishman: "Mario and Luigi are timeless gaming characters, have outlived the likes of Lara Croft and are just better than Sonic the Hedgehog." Having pre-ordered the new system to avoid disappointment and booked the day off work, the two men then disappeared to s pend all of Friday gaming.

They will also be sharing their new consoles with the members of a Penzance-based social group they run together, The Old Boys Gaming Network. The group meets every fortnight at its headquarters in Branwells Mill for regular competitive tournaments. New members are always welcome and can apply through online. Since its inception in May of this year the OBGN has attracted new members every month and has even been interviewed for BBC radio after a researcher found its website www.oldboysgamingnetwork.co.uk . Despite the lack of the expected queue outside Game at 7am on Friday, staff sold more than 10 of the new consoles before the shop's regular opening time and plenty more are likely to be picked up over the next few weeks in time for Christmas. But parents wanting to buy the new system for their children may want to get their skates on - the Wii has already sold out in the US and the UK could follow suit.

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