Gamers lined up in at Gamestops around the nation to participate in the first ever,

Street Fighter 4 National Tournament.

I got up this morning, played on XBL for a bit, ate some food, walked my dog and then took a trip to my local Gamestop. It was around 1:45pm and I had noticed that a couple other contestants had also arrived early. After standing around for a couple of minutes the tournament started. Everyone was kinda loitering around but once the 1st battle was called everyone got serious.  The Gamestop we played at didn’t have a lot of contestants so it wasn’t as hectic as I thought it would be.

“Where the battle went down”

While the 1st two contestants were fighting it out, I got a chance to talk to some of the other players.  We all talked about how the tournament scene has changed in the past couple of years and our opinions on the new SF4.  Before I knew it, I was up to battle “Adam C.” Although I had practiced earlier, it just wasn’t enough.  Adam demolished me.  Adam actually makes custom joysticks so if you are need of some high quality goods he’s your man.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to get everyone’s name but I did manage to get the names of the 2 people who are going to round 2.


The tournament reminded me of the arcades back in the 90s. My older brother was the one who got me into street fighter and I’ve been hooked ever since. We would search around the house for loose change just to have another chance at vanquishing M. BISON. I haven’t been to a Street Fighter tournament in a REALLY LONG time and it was really awesome to chat it up with gamers. Playing some SF4 and discussing the good ‘ol days was one of the highlights of the tournament. I think gaemstop made a really smart move with this tournament and I hope to see more in the future.

Best of luck to Hannibal & Guilbecto!

Speaking of joysticks,  mine JUST came in the mail….

wow it looks pretty…

If you ever want to battle me, my XBOX Live tag is:

“Echo Nova X”