The Nintendo World Championships Are Returning This October!


Are you coo-coo for Nintendo? Prove it this fall at the Nintendo Wolrd Championships 2017!

Players of all ages can compete in Modern and Classic Nintendo Games in the Nintendo World Championships 2017 – Players qualify at eight select Best Buy stores.

Nintendo is on the hunt for the biggest Nintendo fans. Starting on August 19th, select Best Buy stores across North America will host qualifying events in eight different locations. The winners will move on to the Nintendo Wolrd Championships 2017 tournament on October 7th, In New York at Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom. Talk about fancy!

The very first Nintendo World Championship was held way back in 1990 and was based upon its namesake custom game cartridge for the NES, which is considered to be the most valuable NES cartridge ever released and one of the rarest. The Championship was revived in 2015 on the 25th anniversary at E3 and is back for the third time. Players get yourselves ready! I remember seeing ads for it in back issues of Nintendo Power’s and wishing I was alive to compete.


Here are the original cartridges.

Players will be divided into two groups for the 2017 edition based on their age, and both groups will play Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. The first group, 12 and under, will play as Mario on the Nintendo DS “Luigi’s Mansion” course using a Standard Kart, Standard Wheels, and Super Glider. The second age group, 13 and up, will play as Bowser on the Game Boy Advance “Bowser Castle 1” course using Standard Kart, Standard Wheels, and Super Glider. The player with the best Time Trail entry in each age group at the end of the two-day event at each location will qualify for the big championship.

Spectators at any of the Best Buy events will be able to try a demo version of Super Mario Odyssey and Metroid: Samus Returns. You’ll also receive a 100 Platinum Points for checking in using a Nintendo QR code.

During the Nintendo World Championships event in New York, players will battle their way through a variety of games where they will be eliminated or will advance their way through the tournament based on their performance.


“The format of the Nintendo World Championships means that anyone has a chance to become the winner,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Audiences are hungry to watch competitive video games in action, and many of our most classic games, both old and new, are well-suited to competition by players of all ages.”

Tickets to attend the final event in New York will be limited. Details on ticket availability and distribution will be shared in the coming weeks.

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