You'll need the Giant's Wallet for this one
Alan Lopez reports from the event
I just went to the Nintendo World Championships and I am tired. This ballyhooed Nintendo game extravaganza, typically hosted on the same week as the gaming industry’s flagship Electronic Gaming Expo, originated from a fandom-fueled 1990 tournament of the same name. Way back then, the Nintendo World Championships...
You'll need the Giant's Wallet for this one
While you can pick up many NES games for next to nothing, there are several cartridges that fetch eye-watering prices these days, especially in good condition. Just last month a mint, unopened copy of the original Super Mario Bros. sold for over $100,000. That's all well and good, but Super Mario Bros...
Jeff Hansen talks about his past life as a gaming superstar
No, you're not suffering from déjà vu; this article originally appeared on the site in June this year, and we're republishing it as part of our 'Best of 2018' series which celebrates what we feel were our finest features of the past twelve months. Enjoy! Nintendo – perhaps more so...
Hosts, contenders, and one of the deciding games confirmed
The Nintendo World Championships 2017 aren't far away; as was the case with the 2015 event qualification has been very limited and low key, but the actual finals could nevertheless be good fun. It's all going down on 7th October at 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern / 10pm UK / 11pm CEST, and those...
It's a rather limited event, however
After a nostalgia-fuelled event at E3 2015 reminded us all about the Nintendo World Championships, Nintendo of America has confirmed that the event will be back for another run in the US in 2017. It's exciting in principle, but in reality the contest is rather limited. In August and September eight Best Buy...
Stranger than fiction
Last year Nintendo resurrected the Nintendo World Championships, an event it first held back in 1990. As a result, interest in the special competition cartridges - handed out to winners
Images from the big event
The 2015 Nintendo World Championships have been and gone, with John "John Numbers" besting Cosmo Wright in a tense and action-packed final round. After and shaky and rather confusing start with Splatoon, the championships delivered some real entertainment with the likes of Zelda, Super Metroid and
Who will triumph?
For the second year running Nintendo is running a competitive live theatre event, and this time we have a blast from the past. The Nintendo World Championships 2015 will be fought out between eight qualifiers and eight guests - join us for all the action#NWC2015 #E3
Thor Aackerlund and Jeff Hansen to be guests of honour
The Nintendo World Championships are now just two days away, and details around the live event continue to be revealed. The latest batch of information from Nintendo of America relates to one of the game events and some welcome special guests that will feature. First of all, details have been...
Will go up against 15 rivals in LA
Just recently Nintendo of America revealed the eight qualifiers for the Nintendo World Championships final event, taking place in LA on 14th June. These hardy souls made their way to qualifying events and set impressive scores in the Championship Mode of Ultimate NES Remix to secure their spot. With travel and...
Kevin Pereira to host
The Nintendo World Championships live event in LA will be a fun way to kick off E3 week, and Nintendo of America has now outlined key details on the contest. We now know two of the games to be included - one freshly announced - along with a basic format, the competitors and the host. In terms of the format and games included,...
Warming us up
The Nintendo World Championships are no longer the exciting début of E3 week, but will now follow a Super Smash Bros. Special Video Presentation that'll be hosted by Masahiro Sakurai. Nevertheless the live event from LA could be intriguing, with its format still to be revealed. Nintendo of America did promise a pre-tournament...
Nintendo can start E3 with a bang
A week from today Nintendo will host a live event in Los Angeles that'll get the E3 party started for its fans. For the second year running the company's template for the expo is to combine a pre-prepared Digital Event with a live event and hour-upon-hour of Treehouse coverage, while some Best Buy customers will...
Pre-show broadcasts also promised
Following the past weekend's Nintendo World Championship's qualifiers, Nintendo of America has used its quirky Nintendo Direct Micro and subsequent details to flesh out the final event that's taking place in LA on 14th June. For starters, the big event will be at 3pm Pacific time on 14th June, which is 6pm Eastern...
"For me personally this is as awesome of a scenario as could be"
Patrick Scott Patterson (also known by some as OriginalPSP) is familiar to plenty of gamers, especially those that follow his reports on retro gaming and world records; he also has a strong record of media appearances talking about the medium as a whole. His public gaming history goes...
A total of 6000 players
It's fair to say that the reaction to the Nintendo World Championships 2015 qualifiers has been less than positive; social media hasn't been kind on details of just eight participating stores. Our suspicion is that Nintendo of America will aim for the qualifiers to pass with minimal fuss and then focus minds of w
Just what Dr. Mario ordered
While the qualification rounds for Nintendo World Championships 2015 aren't quite the exciting event we hoped, it's good news for those that have mastered the relevant mode in NES Remix 2 or Ultimate NES Remix, the latter of which will be the version utilised in qualification. It mimics the original unique cartridge from...
Less an event to capture social media, more one-off E3 show
Following Nintendo's outline of its E3 plans last week, we got rather optimistic and hopeful about the Nintendo World Championships 2015, stating that the E3 event could be just the beginning. We cited the ongoing success of the truly global Pokémon tournaments as a potential blueprint,...
Just 8 locations for the whole of the US
When Nintendo announced its E3 plans, the Nintendo World Championships 2015 details were arguably the standout. Bringing back the iconic style of the 1990 equivalent, it certainly captured the imagination. Some of the tangible details have now been confirmed and, we suspect, may not go down particularly well...
Champ is joining Empire Arcadia following team's world record success
At this year's E3, Nintendo will be resurrecting a special event which first took place 25 years ago. The 1990 Nintendo World Championships captured the hearts and minds of an entire generation of players and have since passed into video gaming folklore, arguably laying down the...
Nintendo is bringing its World Championships event back from the dead for this year's E3, and this relic from the past has attracted the attention of another part of Nintendo's history - the actor-turned-director Fred Savage. Savage was arguably the world's biggest child star when he appeared in The Wizard, a 1989 Hollywood movie...
"Woo! Yeah! You ready? Woo!"
Following the glorious resurrection of The Nintendo World Championships, we thought it would be a good time to reminisce over the events of 25 years ago, when the original competition took place at Universal Studios, Hollywood. The video below is a handy summary of this epic period, showing the hopeful contestants and...
Going, going, gone!
There are some things money can’t buy. Even if you had cash paid into your bank account every time you blinked, there will always be something out there more valuable than silver and gold. Take Time for instance. Time is something that can be spent but not bought, and once it’s gone it’s gone forever. The present becomes...
One of only 90 ever made
If you've got a few thousand dollars just sitting in your bank account doing nothing and you fancy owning a piece of (somewhat grubby) Nintendo history, then point your browser at this eBay auction for a NES Nintendo World Championship cartridge. These cartridges were produced for the 1990 Nintendo World Championship event,...
Now YOU can be Atlanta's 11 & Under winner!
Back in 1990 you needed skill, dedication, and maybe a little bit of luck to get your hands on a Nintendo World Championships trophy. Today, all you may need is some cold, hard cash. An alleged 1990 Nintendo World Championships trophy has popped up on ebay for the Buy It Now price of $2,000 (or best...
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