The Midwest Gaming Classic is an annual event that takes place at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was a first for fellow writer Brett Medlock and myself to attend the show. Not only was the convention brimming with gaming memorabilia, but it was also a celebration of gaming and nerd culture. With that being said, it was no surprise to the both of us that the cosplay showcase drew one of the largest crowds.
The cosplay event allowed creators to show off some of their most prized works in costume making. One person managed to piece together a 100 percent hand-crafted power armor suit from the Fallout series of games, while others dawned mechanical arms for a complete Wreck-It Ralph mock-up. But, when it came to reppin’ the Nintendo side of things, there were three standouts from the show. And yes, we are now including Final Fantasy VII cosplay because it’s now on a Nintendo platform!
Amaya as Rosalina
Super Mario Galaxy is easily one of the most notable 3D Super Mario titles. The game also introduced a new character to the Super Mario universe, Rosalina. Since her introduction, Rosalina has also become a playable in Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart, and of course, Super Smash Bros.
Amaya brought Roslina to life during the cosplay event. Although she did not participate in the contest, she did however completely nail the look. Honestly, if there’s ever a Super Mario Bros. movie that has a Rosalina cameo, Amaya might be getting a call from Nintendo.
Dre Koenig as Aeris Gainsborough
I’m always intrigued and impressed with the creativity that goes into cosplay. Whether it’s the attention to detail when designing a character’s weaponry, the spot-on accuracy of their makeup, I’m always left in awe with what people create in their own homes.
Cosplayer Dre Koenig (aka @scatterbraindre), won first place in the women’s and another one during the cosplay event by hand-crafting her entire costume. She completely nailed the look, most notably with the recognizable hair design of Areis.
Kooks as Sobble
When the reveal came for Pokemon Sword and Shield, we got new information on the starters for the game. One that stood out from the get-go was Sobble. I immediately saw an uptick of people on my Twitter feed fall in love with the water Pokemon. The cosplay community too took a liking to the reveal.
Kooks also placed at the event, creating an awesome representation of the Pokemon. I dug how Kooks pieced together Sobble’s fin out of foam and actually having it stay put for the show. If you follow her on Instagram, you’ll see she couldn’t quite drive with it on since it bumped the roof of her car. Oh, Kooks.
The Midwest Gaming Classic was one of the most fun times I’ve had at a con. I was lucky enough to walk away without completely throwing my budget out the window. If you live in the midwest, it would be in your best interest to make it out to the show, even more so if you’re a cosplay rookie or veteran looking to show off your designs.
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