The time has finally come for the first heat of the Mario Kart 8 Championship 2014 in the UK, which we're running in association with the Nintendo Official UK Store. It's all in aid of a quest to find the country's fastest Mario Kart 8 racer, and to have some fun at the same time.
This Championship will have four online qualification heats, with the top three in each of those Tournaments then progressing to the live final at EGX London on Saturday 27th September. It's worth remembering that those that qualify will receive travel and accommodation expenses for the event, so even if you weren't planning to go to EGX this could be your ticket in.
The first Heat is upon us, kicking off today; it'll bring us our first three EGX finalists. Participants must be using a UK Wii U, with the key details below.
TODAY! (Saturday, 16th August 2014) Takes place between 4:00pm and 8:00pm UK time
150cc, All items, All control methods, Hard CPU, switch groups every four races.
There will be multiple prizes on offer at the EGX finale, though the grand prize is worth racing for — the winner receives a boxed copy of every new game published by Nintendo for Wii U which is released in the calendar year following 27th September, £100 of Nintendo eShop credit and more.
For full details of the event, advice on multiple entrants using the same Wii U, and to register so that you receive email reminders for the next three online heats, head on over to the Championship hub page; you can also contact us with any enquiries that aren't answered there.
Best of luck!