Nintendo has a lot planned for E3 this year, but perhaps the most important thing is the announcement that after 25 years, they will be reviving the Nintendo World Championships. Yes, it’s been a full 25 years since Nintendo originally decided to hold the first and only Nintendo World Championships.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Nintendo World Championships, well, I don’t blame you–it was a whopping 25 years ago. You’ve probably still heard of it, though, since there have been a lot of stories in the news over the past couple years about the scarcity of the much coveted Nintendo World Championships cartridges. There were gray and gold cartridges, the latter of which were manufactured in much smaller numbers and only given to those who won a contest in Nintendo Power.
There hasn’t been a Nintendo World Championships since, that is until now. For E3 this year, Nintendo announced that they’re bringing it back for the 25th anniversary. Considering the rise of eSports in recent years, I’d say it’s way past due. People don’t typically think of traditional video games as eSports, but if Nintendo makes their Nintendo World Championships a yearly fixture, that could change.
Starting later this month on May 30, you’ll be able to partake in the qualifying Best Buy stores across the United States. Winners from the events and invited competitors will gather on June 14 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles where the actual tournament will kickoff. Thankfully, the event will be open to the public, so if you’re in Los Angeles and looking to attend in person, you’ll have the opportunity. If you’re not in the LA area, that’s okay too, because Nintendo will also stream the tournament for everyone to watch at home!
Nintendo plans to reveal more details in the coming weeks, so we’ll keep you posted when we hear more on the subject. For now, here’s a list of events that Nintendo will be hosting at E3 this year direct from the press release.
Nintendo World Championships 2015
On May 30, select Best Buy locations in major cities around the country will host qualifying tournaments for the Nintendo World Championships, which were last seen in 1990. The winners from each regional event, plus competitors invited by Nintendo, will meet on June 14, at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles for a multi-round Nintendo game competition. In the end, one player will be crowned the 2015 Nintendo World Champion. Fans in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to attend the tournament, while others can watch online. More details about the qualifying tournaments will be shared in the coming weeks.
Once again Nintendo will deliver its main news via an online video program. The Nintendo Digital Event will start at 9 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, June 16. Viewers will be treated to detailed information about the various games and experiences Nintendo has in store for its systems.
Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3
Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 2015 is ready to bring fans even more in-depth coverage of Nintendo products directly from the show floor. The unscripted action delivered by the gaming experts in the Nintendo Treehouse and various game developers will be live streamed. More information about the specific times will be announced closer to E3.
Nintendo Access: Mario Maker at Best Buy
On two days during the week of E3, participating Best Buy locations will open their doors to let fans try out the upcoming Mario Maker game for the Wii U console. The game lets players have fun with friends as they enjoy playing through levels in a variety of Super Mario Bros. styles. The events will take place 4-9 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 17, and noon-5 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 20. Attendees will receive a sweet 30th anniversary Super Mario Bros. pin while supplies last.