Nintendo World Championships Back After 25-Year Hiatus: Here's How You Can Compete


Nintendo last held the Nintendo World Championships way back in 1990, but the company is now bringing the games back for E3 2015.

Competitors should head to select Best Buy stores around the U.S. on May 30 in order to qualify. The winners will be joining other competitors selected by Nintendo at the Nokia theatre on June 14 to play off for the championship.

Those who want to watch in Los Angeles will be able to head to the event themselves, and the event will also be streamed.

"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-Aimé, president of Nintendo of America.

The 1990 events took a similar path as the 2015 one, with qualifying rounds leading up to a big final event. Competitors in 1990 were broken up into age groups, with champions being given the title in each age group. While this time around there may still be age brackets, the initial announcement by Nintendo states that there will only be one winner.

One thing that was obviously different in 1990 was the games that were being played. Players played on cartridge-based games, first being asked to collect 50 coins in Super Mario Bros., then having to play a Rad Racer custom designed course, after which they played Tetris, having to make as many lines as possible within the time limit. While it's currently unknown what kinds of games will appear at this year's tournament, our bets are that no cartridges will make an appearance.

The video itself stars Fils-Aimé, who quits his job at the start in order to start training for the event. Throughout the video we see Reggie curling GameCubes

The Nintendo World Championships could end up being the must-see event of E3 this year. While the company could just have players play Mario Kart 8 or Super Smash Bros., many are hoping that the company sticks to the multi-game format used in 1990. While it might be interesting to see players compete on the same games from 1990, it's more likely that Nintendo will use the event to showcase games available in Wii U or the 3DS. Maybe we'll even see an appearance of its new game Splatoon!

It will be nice to see Nintendo bring a little excitement to E3, which many suggest has gotten a little boring over the past few years.

Check out the announcement video for yourself below.

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