Who will climb to the top?

You've seen the movies. You've read the interviews. You've designed the shirts. You've cheered for the former champion. And to top it off, the bar just got raised by 20,000 points. This weekend is what it's all been building up to: The Kong Off.

From March 19th to the 20th, Chien, Wiebe and Mitchell will compete for the first time under one roof, each trying to win or best the world record along with plenty of lesser known hopefuls, at Richie Knucklez Arcade in Flemington, New Jersey. We'll be there live, giving you all the most up-to-date information on the events and live blogging the record attempts. Wiebe commented on the event and his preparations leading up to it:

It's an honour to be part of this amazing group of players... This week I plan on playing one game a day with the technique I plan on using in the competition. The approach for a short duration of attempts is different than the one I would use in my garage on a typical summer day when I have two months to hit a high score.

Wiebe went on to give his thoughts on the competition:

I definitely have to pick Hank as the favourite at this point... not in return for him picking me, but because he seems to have his game dialled in, especially with his recent world record score at Funspot. But, I would never bet against Mitchell or anyone else in the field winning. I respect everybody's game and I know that it just might come down to one lucky break in order to win this thing

We hope you'll join us Saturday and Sunday as we see how it all goes down at Richie Knucklez. You can view more information at the event's website in the meantime. Cast your predictions for the next King of Kong in the comments below!

[source thekongoff.com, via examiner.com]