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Nintendo World Championships Return, So Bone Up on Mario Bros. Skills

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | May 13, 2015

Nintendo World Championships Return, So Bone Up on Mario Bros. Skills

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Nintendo is on a roll when it comes to news that yields a power-up level of excitement and nostalgia.

The latest is word that the company will re-launch the Nintendo World Championships in 2015, nearly three decades after its first event.

Nintendo dropped the bombshell on its E3 website (h/t Polygon): “For the first time in 25 years, some of Nintendo's biggest fans will get to go head-to-head in a gaming showdown for the ages. Join a worldwide audience by watching the live stream on Sunday, June 14.”

The news came in tandem with a cute albeit considerably cheese-filled romp through Nintendo offices. Now if you don’t mind cringing through wooden acting for your great news, enjoy the video that follows below:

Depending on how much credence you lend to Wikipedia, the initial Nintendo World Championships may have been an answer to the movie “The Wizard,” which featured the Power Glove, “Super Mario Bros. 3” and, oh yeah, Fred Savage.

The entry states that, “The competition was based loosely on the movie 'The Wizard.’”

The timing certainly works out, with the NWC popping up in 1990, following the 1989 premiere of a movie that featured the wildly over-the-top Video Armageddon:

We can only hope that “Ninja Gaiden” will be one of the titles that will test gamer’s mettle shortly.

Polygon’s Brian Crecente has more details on the event for those who wish to show off their ability to warp, leap and demolish koopa troopas in a virtual world.

According to Crecente, Best Buy locations around the nation will serve as battlegrounds for the qualifying stages, which takes place on May 30.

After that, the action moves to Los Angeles, “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.”

Nintendo promises more details shortly. Until then we will have to guess what games and rules will dominate the event.

This entire news means you are free to lock the door, fire up the Wii U or classic Nintendo console and practice.

If anyone bothers you, just tell them you are working on claiming your eventual glory.


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