The Nintendo World Championships Are Back

Nintendo fans will put their gaming skills to the test.

By LazerHoots, Posted 10 Aug 2017

For those unfamiliar with the NWC, it is a video game competition organized by Nintendo of America. Founded in 1990, the NWC toured twenty-nine cities across the United States. It was based upon a singular NES cartridge that contained Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and Rad Racer. The objective was to achieve the highest score according to a customized scoring algorithm across all three games. This cartridge is one of the most valuable, and rarest cartridges. Only ninety copies exist, as some were prizes to the NWC finalists, the others were given out as prizes for those who entered in a contest hosted by the late Nintendo Power magazine.

After 25 years, Nintendo hosted another NWC in 2015 for the event’s 25th anniversary at E3 2015, and was the latest competition in the series. The winner was a man named John Numbers. The games featured included Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, and a few other titles.

The Nintendo World Championships are now back for 2017 and will include games like Splatoon and Super Mario Maker. This year the competition will be held at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom in New York City on October 7th. Qualifying rounds will be held at varying Best Buy stores (post link)* across the United States. Those who sign up will have to go through a time trial challenge on Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. The competition will separate participants into two categories; those that are ages 12 and younger, and those that are 13 and older. Those who visit these Best Buy stores will also be able to play a demo of Super Mario Odyssey due to release October 27th for the Nintendo Switch, and Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS with a release date of September 15th.

This competition is open to all legal residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). Registration will be held at the selected Best Buy stores.

Jessica Wells, NoobFeed

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