That’s right, folks; the time is almost here! Customs for a Cure is bringing the gaming community together to help support and raise money for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. If you aren’t yet familiar with the work done over at St. Jude, check out the organization’s official website to get a better idea of the time and dedication the doctors, staff and volunteers put into the battle against the diseases.

Their efforts are the reason why the world has come so far in finding new treatments for children from all over the globe. The Amiibo News and Nintendo Inquirer team fully supports the hospital’s goal and plans to show that support by hosting a 24 hour event hosted on the Amiibo News Twitch channel.

Event runthrough

The livestream officially begins this next Friday, July 24th, at 5:00 p.m. CST., and it ends at 5:00 p.m. CST the following day, Saturday, July 25th.

Our objective is to raise as much money as possible for St. Jude through the stream. The event will showcase ongoing gameplay with the team, special guests, auctions, giveaways and a few other surprises that will undoubtedly keep you entertained while we raise money. Auctions for custom amiibo sent in by talented artists will have scheduled end times that we’ll put in the spotlight while gaming, so you’ll have a chance to not only contribute to an amazing cause, but gain a unique addition for your Nintendo collection while doing so.

A donation link for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be provided in the Twitch description, so even if you aren’t planning to place a bid for a custom amiibo on eBay, you’ll have the opportunity to send in any dollar amount you’d like to help the cause. The donations will go directly to St. Jude.

For every $5 donated to the cause, you’ll receive an entry for the hourly raffle. At least one giveaway will be held every hour on the hour, so you’ll have a chance to win a number of prizes, which include amiibo and other gaming related items.

Just like the first Customs for a Cure event, 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Event activities

Our team has a really fantastic lineup for the 24 hours we’ll be streaming. Check out the list of games and activities we have planned (so far)!

Games

Yoshi’s Woolly World
Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U
Mario Kart 8
Splatoon
Kirby’s Epic Yarn

Other events

Worldwide amiibo tournament
Retro hour
Bad game retro hour
Winner’s choice
Jason and Lauren pizza hour
Speed runs
Raffles/giveaways
Custom amiibo eBay auctions

Modern games like Woolly World and Super Smash will be played periodically throughout the 24 hours, so even if you miss a game session you’re excited about, you should be able to check back at a later time to watch another round. Other, more old school games, may be played on and off throughout the event.

Winner’s choice hours will be dedicated to people who send in donations and make requests for which games they’d like to see us play. (We’ll provide a list of available games on the 24th.) For every $5 donated, you’ll be entered to win an hour of the CFAC event when you can tell the team what game you would like us to stream. We’ll also give you a shoutout before we begin playing!

What games would you like us to play?

Keep in mind that the fun doesn’t stop with the list above! We want your feedback about the games you’d like to see in action at the CFAC event. Leave a comment below to let us know what game– old or new– you would like to see us play by this Wednesday, July 22nd.

We’ll announce the detailed CFAC 24 hour live event itinerary on Thursday. So check back then for more event info!

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Written by Lauren Ganos
Creative Director, Managing Editor

Designer and writer by day, gamer by night, Lauren dreams big when it comes to creative endeavors. Perhaps that's why she's taken on the roles of creative director and managing editor for Nintendo Wire. If she had a video game superhero alias, it might just be The Visionary, a true keeper of imaginative order.

Lauren Ganos