Nintendo World Championships to Return After 25-Year Absence

By May 13, 2015

In 1990, video game software developer and hardware manufacturer Nintendo devised a revolutionary competition to take place across the United States, focused on video games. While “e-sports” competitions today are common for a multitude of different game types, and video game competitions have been going on since the days that Centipede ruled arcades, the event called the “Nintendo World Championships” was likely one of the single biggest video game competitions for its time, with the event having produced a limited edition gold cartridge through a competition, one of which sold in 2007 for $21,400. Still, the legacy of the NWC was in the spirit of competition across different age groups, and the fun that was to be had at the events themselves. See a recap below.

Now, Nintendo is ready to bring it back.

In a press release that went out today, Nintendo officially announced the Nintendo World Championships for 2015. Partnering up with Best Buy, select locations will feature events that will allow the winners to qualify for this year’s NWC finals in Los Angeles to kick off the week of E3 2015, taking place on Sunday, June 14th. While competition details and games have yet to be announced, it seems likely to assume that Nintendo’s recent competitive games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be on deck, along with some more retro offerings, but we likely won’t know for sure until more details on the actual competitions become available.

Nintendo also announced that this year’s E3 Digital Event — their alternative to a live presentation — will be streaming live on the morning of Tuesday, June 16th. Last year’s event very nearly stole the show, featuring footage from The Legend of Zelda, as well as this month’s upcoming release of Splatoon. As far as the NWC, the official announcement detailed it in the following way.

On May 30, select Best Buy locations in major cities around the country will host qualifying tournaments for the Nintendo World Championships, which were last seen in 1990. The winners from each regional event, plus competitors invited by Nintendo, will meet on June 14, at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles for a multi-round Nintendo game competition. In the end, one player will be crowned the 2015 Nintendo World Champion. Fans in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to attend the tournament, while others can watch online. More details about the qualifying tournaments will be shared in the coming weeks.

For more on Nintendo’s plans for E3 — and more details on the Nintendo World Championships — keep an eye on GeekNation!

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • lily

    It just blew my mind that 1990 was 25 years ago :O