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Nintendo is Bringing Back World Championships at E3

This year’s E3 is going to be huge for Nintendo.

They are holding their digital event of the week on Thursday June 16th, an even bigger “Nintendo Treehouse” on the show floor, and exclusive access to “Mario Maker” on Wednesday June 17th and Sunday June 20th.

What has everyone buzzing, however, is that this year, the company will be bringing back The Nintendo World Championships!

Loosely based on the tournament at the end of The Wizard, Nintendo held a country wide video game tournament in 1990.  Taking place in 3 different cities across one weekend, players of all ages competed to achieve the highest score across three different Nintendo titles: Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and Rad Racer.

The various city tournaments culminated in a championship final at Universal Studios. With the winner receiving a special edition NES cartridge, a $10,000 savings bond, a brand new car, and a golden Mario statue.

That winner, Jeff Hansen, went on to compete on the world stage against Japanese winner Yuichi Suyama and defeated him twice. One would have to wonder if he’ll be making an appearance at these World Championships to defend his title.

I remember competing in this when I was a kid and it was some tough competition. It remains to be seen if they’ll actually bring back the country wide competition or if it will just be a small single day tournament on Sunday June 14th, exclusively at E3, as the video mentions. There is also the question of what games will be played.

Will it be the same games, now considered retro, or will it be newer games like Wii Sports?  Maybe it will be a combination of the two to truly test the skill of the player.

Either way this is going to create a lot of buzz for Nintendo and continue to push them back into the more mainstream eye.  Especially with the announcement that they’ll be partnering with Universal Studios to build a theme park.

The same Universal Studios where the original World Championship finals were held.  Not much of a coincidence there, I wouldn’t think.

So will you try to compete in the new Nintendo World Championships?  How tough do you think it will be? Let us know in the comments!