Nintendo World Championships Return After 25 Years

Posted on by Jackie Mueller


Anyone who was gaming back in 1990 remembers the Nintendo World Championships.  It was a hugely popular tournament that visited twenty-nine cities across the U.S. and challenged gamers at Rad Racer, Tetris, and Super Mario Bros. for the NES. There were a mountain of prizes given away including a 1990 Geo Metro, a 40” rear projection TV, U.S. Savings Bonds, Game Boy systems and much more. It was big. Really big.  There’s even a movie that’s loosely based on the tournament.  Who remembers Fred Savage in The Wizard?

Twenty-five years later, the Nintendo World Championships are set to make a return.  Beginning May 30, select Best Buy locations across the U.S. will host qualifying tournaments. The winners from each regional event will then meet on June 14 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles for a multi-round competition. Can’t be there? No worries!  It will be live streamed online so you can catch all the action!

“Whether you’re tuning in online or joining us at the show, we want to include fans of all ages this E3 with an innovative and nostalgic focus on fun,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “I’m especially eager to bring back the Nintendo World Championships and to crown the 2015 Nintendo World Champion.”

Right now, there’s no word on which Best Buy stores will host qualifying tournaments or which games will be played.  According to Nintendo’s press release, “more information about the Nintendo World Championships, events at select Best Buy stores and other Nintendo events during E3 will be announced shortly.”

VGNS will bring you more info on the 2015 Nintendo World Championships as soon as it becomes available, so be sure to keep it right here! What games would you like to see featured in the tournament?  

Jackie Mueller

Jackie’s life changed forever when she got her first video game console, an Atari 2600. She has been gaming nonstop for three decades on both consoles and computers, and it inspired her to pursue a career in the IT field. When she’s not gaming, Jackie can usually be found shredding the trails on her mountain bike.

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