It was an awesome event when Nintendo announced that they were reviving the old Nintendo World Championships back in 2015. Not only did we see some pretty awesome matches in Splatoon and Mario Kart 8, we also got some new game announcements, like Earthbound Beginnings and Yoshi’s Wooly World. Here’s hoping that we’ll see that again this year!
So, back to the Championships – the actual Nintendo World Championships will take place on October 7 in New York City at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom. Also, the “world” part of Nintendo World Championships is a bit misleading considering the competition is only open to citizens of the United States and Canada, excluding Quebec.
The Championships will begin with a Qualifying Round which will happen at select Best Buy stores across the United States. The New York and San Francisco Bay Area qualifiers will happen August 19 and 20, while the Chicago and Los Angeles qualifiers take place on August 26 and 27. The Minneapolis and Dallas qualifiers happen on September 2 and 3, and Seattle and Miami ones happen on September 9 and 10.
There will be two brackets: one for competitors ages 12 and younger, and one for ages 13 and older. For the Qualifying Round, you will have to play Time Trial mode in Mario Kart 7. Interesting choice – why not show off their new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Well, the 3DS is still insanely popular so either choice would’ve been solid.
Players will get two tries to land their best time in Mario Kart 7. For the 12 and younger bracket, players will play as Mario using the Standard Kart, Standard Wheels, and Super Glider on the DS Luigi’s Mansion track. The 13 and older bracket will have to play as Bowser using the same kart setup but on GBA Bowser Castle 1. If you’re interested in competing, now’s the time to dust off your copy of Mario Kart 7 and start practicing those tracks! Here’s a preview of the tracks for your convenience!
Even if you don’t plan on trying to qualify, you can still show up to demo some upcoming Nintendo games! Super Mario Odyssey and Metroid Samus Returns will both have demo stations up and running, so check it out if you want a sneak peek at those games. As an added bonus, if you’re a My Nintendo member, you can check in with your My Nintendo QR code to get 100 platinum points, and you’ll also get a sweet My Nintendo pin!