After 25 Years, The Nintendo World Championships Return

After 25 Years, The Nintendo World Championships Return
E3 2004 Bastian Stein /Flickr CC BY 2.0
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This year’s E3 will witness history in the “remaking,” as the Nintendo World Championships will return after 25 long years.


Nintendo made the announcement on its E3 website.

“For the first time in 25 years, some of Nintendo’s biggest fans will get to go head-to-head in a gaming showdown for the ages. Join a worldwide audience by watching the live stream on Sunday, June 14.”

The qualifying competitions for interested gamers will be held on May 30.

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On March 8, 1990, the Nintendo World Championships occurred in Dallas, Texas, according to an article video game historian Frank Cifaldi wrote for IGN. Texas served as the first stop of a 30-city tour around the U.S. and Canada.

In a particular section, gamers were treated to demo units of various NES and Game Boy titles such as “Chip & Dale’s Rescue Rangers” and “Astyanax.”

Nintendo was even generous enough to allow free-plays of then-recently released title “Super Mario Bros. 3.”

Details regarding this year’s championships are still not fully announced, but events from 25 years ago should give present gamers an idea of how it might happen.

In the Championship Arena, players were separated in three age categories to see who emerges the best in playing a cartridge specially created for the event.