Thomas Gonda has been crowned the winner of the Nintendo World Championships 2017, a competition mixing Nintendo games both new and old, according to a press release from the company.

The Nintendo World Championships 2017 was initially announced earlier this year. Qualifying events were held at eight Best Buys across the United States of America where players had the opportunity to compete against one another playing games such as Mario Kart 7. Participants and non-participants alike also had the opportunity to demo Super Mario OdysseyA livestream of the event was uploaded to Nintendo’s YouTube channel and is now available to watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaiQcqR8vps

Ultimately, 24 competitors met to duke it out playing Nintendo games both new and old. 16 of the competitors were seeded into the final tournament from the eight qualifying Best Buy locations (eight from the 12 and under age group and eight from 13 and older age group). The remaining 8 competitors included various professional gamers and celebrities such as WWE Superstar Bailey, English Actor Asa Butterfield, and gamers from Germany, Mexico, and Canada. The battle commenced with a shield-surfing competition in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WIldAmongst the other games featured in the competition were Balloon Fight for the NES, Mario Party 2 for the N64, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and other titles across multiple platforms.

As the competition drew to a close, the two remaining participants were Thomas Gonda and John Numbers, the winner of the Nintendo World Championships 2015. The two finalists participated in a three-part game of Super Mario Odyssey from which Thomas Gonda emerged victoriously. A self-declared “lifelong runner-up”, Mr. Gonda received a trophy for his victory over his fellow competitors.

What do you think of the Nintendo World Championships 2017? Do you think more gaming companies should host variety competitions of a similar manner? How do you think you would fare in such a competition? Let us know in the comments below!


Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!