As you may have noticed, in recent weeks we've run a couple of Mario Kart 8 tournaments for UK gamers, with eShop funds up for grabs. These have been in partnership with the Official Nintendo UK Online Store and have attracted hundreds of players. We're now stepping things up a notch with the Mario Kart 8 Tournament, a UK event that will culminate in a live final at EGX London — at Earl's Court — on Saturday 27th September this year; the winner will walk away with a year's supply of Nintendo-published Wii U games, £100 of eShop credit and more.
Qualification is going to be split into four online Tournaments at the following times and dates. The top three in each will win a place in the grand final.
- Heat One – Saturday, 16th August 2014, between 4:00pm and 8:00pm
- Heat Two – Sunday, 24th August 2014, between 2:00pm and 6:00pm
- Heat Three – Saturday, 6th September 2014, between 2:00pm and 6:00pm
- Heat Four – Sunday, 14th September 2014, between 4:00pm and 8:00pm
All that win a place will receive travel and accommodation to the event, with the final tournament taking place on a large screen in front of spectators at the expo.
As for the rules of the upcoming tournaments, they'll be as follows:
Closed access: code-only
Engine Size: 150cc
All control methods
Group changes every 4 races
For those that don't qualify for the final, the EGX weekend will nevertheless feature mini-tournaments with various prizes on offer. The expo will also host Nintendo's National StreetPass Weekend, a great chance to pick up more puzzle pieces and hits. Shelly Pearce, Marketing and PR Director at Nintendo UK, has said the following:
Nintendo has attended every Eurogamer Expo since the show’s inception in 2008 and we are extremely happy to be returning to EGX London in 2014, where Nintendo fans are in for a particular treat.
Not only can they watch some of the country’s top Mario Kart 8 players battle it out and race for glory themselves in the mini tournaments but fans can also get their hands on the latest Wii U and Nintendo 3DS & 2DS games.
This Mario Kart 8 Tournament is for residents of Great Britain only, and you can register your interest and read all of the details on the contest page.
We're certainly looking forward to the online heats and then the live final in London. Will you be trying to qualify for the big event!?