It was announced last week that Nintendo will be bringing back one of its largest events of all time, the Nintendo World Championship. First held in 1990, the Nintendo World Championship pit enthusiastic gamers against each other in a competition featuring some of Nintendo's most popular franchises. The games were taken from the Nintendo World Championships cartridge, one of the rarest NES games in existence, with only ninety gray copies awarded to finalists and twenty-six gold copies given out in a Nintendo Power promotion. Recent sales of the game have brought in upwards of $11,000. The Nintendo World Championship itself was based on the film The Wizard (1989) which featured a fictional tournament and served as the reveal of Super Mario Bros. 3.
The upcoming Championship, like the original, will feature only three Nintendo games. The 1990 Championship featured Rad Racer, Super Mario Bros., and Tetris. The upcoming Championship will also feature Super Mario Bros., as well as Super Mario Bros. 3 and Dr. Mario. To help competitors prepare, Nintendo released the Ultimate NES Remix so players could hone their skills for the competition. Anyone wishing to compete would have to attend a qualifying tournament in one of eight Best Buy locations in the United States:
1717 Harrison St. San Francisco, CA
3675 Pacific Coast Highway Torrance, CA
10760 NW 17th St. Miami, FL
900 E. Golf Road Schaumburg, IL
12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N Maple Grove, MN
5001 Northern Blvd Long Island City, NY
9378 N Central Expy Dallas, TX
2214 S. 48th St. Tacoma, WA
One winner from each location will then be sent to this years E3 where the final tournament will be held, along with eight other competitors chosen by Nintendo. Players will have to make sure they get there early to get in, as only the first 750 people at each Best Buy will get a wristband, and anyone after that first batch will only be allowed to compete at Nintendo's discretion.
This announcement was part of a massive information released by Nintendo, as they prepare for E3. Around the weekend of the expo, Nintendo will also be letting people try out Mario Maker for Wii U on June 17 and June 20 at select Best Buys. Nintendo will be streaming their E3 events at the Nintendo Treehouse throughout the event, and will hold a special Digital Event on June 16 at 9AM (PST) where they'll unveil their plans of the year.
The qualifying tournaments will be held May 30th. All tournaments will open their doors at 9:00AM with the official tournaments starting at 10:00AM. Information about the Nintendo World Tournament, including official rules and the registration form, can be found at Nintendo's E3 site.