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Nintendo World Championships 2017 — They’re Back!

Nintendo has held its competitive series in high regard, using it to promote a sense of competition while still providing fun for all ages. After its debut in 2015, it disappeared for 30 years, returning at E3 2015. Now, it’s coming back as its own event scheduled for October 7th in New York City. However, entry to this competition won’t be as simple as ordering a ticket. Nintendo wil be hosting 8 qualifiers across the country for anyone that can attend. Two winners at each qualifier will be selected to attend Nintendo World Championships 2017.


This year, Nintendo is doing something a little different, too. Instead of having everyone compete at once, they’ll be splitting them up into age groups. Kids under the age of 13 form the younger group while everyone 13 and up form the older group. One winner from each group at each venue will move on to the Championships.

Nintendo has told us that the Championships will include multiple games across multiple platforms, but they haven’t given us any concrete word on what those might be. However, we know plenty about the upcoming qualifiers.

Nintendo World Championships 2017 Qualifiers

The qualifiers will be held at eight different Best Buy locations over the course of four different weekends. First, they’ll be in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area on August 19th and 20th. Next, they’ll be at Chicago and LA on August 26th and 27th. Then, they’ll be in Minneapolis and Dallas on September 2nd and 3rd. Finally, they’ll be in Seattle and Miami on September 9th and 10th.

At these events, players will be competing in time trial modes for Mario Kart 7 on the Nintendo 3DS. For kids 12 and younger, the contest will be held on DS Luigi’s Mansion. They’ll be playing as Mario with the standard kart, standard wheels, and uper glider. For everyone 13 and older, the contest will be held on GBA Bowser’s Castle 3. They’ll be playing as Bowser with the same standard kart setup.

Players will stand in line for their chance to qualify for Nintendo World Championships 2017. When you reach the game setup, you’ll be allowed to race three laps twice in a row to acheive the best possible time. After this, you may return to the back of the line, if you wish to try again. However, there’s no guarantee you’ll get a second chance, if time doesn’t allow. The player with the best time in each age group at each venue gets to attend the main event in New York City.

Other Goodies

Of course, competing isn’t the only thing attendees will get to do at the qualifiers. Anyone going to the Nintendo World Championships 2017 qualifiers will be allowed to try out demos for both Metroid II: Samus Returns on Nintendo 3DS and Super Mario Odyssey.  You can also check in with your My Nintendo account to score a sweet 100 Platinum coins. If you live in the area, it’s worth going just for the demos and points.

There will be other giveaways, as Nintendo events always have tons of free swag for anyone who’s interested. If you want to know more, you can visit the official Nintendo World Champions 2017 website. There you can find locations, dates, and the full rule set for the qualifiers. Let us know, if you’re interested in attending NWC 2017. Maybe let us know what you think will be playable at the full even on October 7th. Or you can check out the trailer below.

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