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news via Polygon:

 

 

Nintendo World Championships return at E3

 

 

Nintendo detailed its latest plans for E3 in a video released on YouTube today, which includes the return of the Nintendo World Championships.

 

"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," according to Nintendo's E3 site. "Join a worldwide audience by watching the live stream on Sunday, June 14."

 

"Whether you're tuning in online or joining us at the show, we want to include fans of all ages this E3 with an innovative and nostalgic focus on fun," Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's President and Chief Operating Officer, added in a prepared statement. "I'm especially eager to bring back the Nintendo World Championships and to crown the 2015 Nintendo World Champion."

 

Qualifying rounds for the Nintendo World Championships will begin on May 30 at Best Buy locations in major cities around the country.

 

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.

 

 

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On June 16 at 9 a.m. PT, Nintendo will stream an E3 Nintendo Direct, as they have over the past two years, to detail the company's offerings at the big show. There will also be game-specific livestreams featuring the localization Treehouse team throughout the week of E3.

 

On two days during the week of E3, participating Best Buy locations will open their doors to let fans try out the upcoming Mario Maker game for the Wii U console. The events will take place 4-9 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 17, and noon-5 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 20. Attendees will receive a sweet 30th anniversary Super Mario Bros. pin while supplies last.

 

Nintendo started rethinking its approach to E3 in 2012, when the company decided to unveil the Wii U at a daylong event in New York, rather than the typical pre-E3 press conference. In 2013, Shigeruo Miyamoto talked to Polygon about that decision and how the company was reexamining how best to talk about games and hardware with its fans.

 

Later that year, Nintendo announced it would forego its annual E3 press conference and instead deliver news directly to fans through a Nintendo Direct video stream that week and a very short, informal presentation to select press on the show floor. Last year, Nintendo reworked its approach again, doing away with the press event and instead just hosting a Nintendo Direct the morning of E3's first day and then streams throughout the week from the show floor.

 

During an earning call earlier this month, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told analysts that the company would not be talking about its next gaming system, codenamed NX, at E3. Nor, he said, would the company discuss the recently announced plan to create games for smartphones or the company's decision to get into quality-of-life tech.

 

By Brian Crecente posted at Polygon on May 13, 2015 at 12:02p @crecenteb

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I attended the 1990 Nintendo World Championships event held in New Orleans (one of 30 different events nationwide). I didn't participate as I didn't even own an NES at that time.  

Brian Matherne - owner/curator of "The MOST comprehensive list of Atari VCS/2600 homebrews ever compiled." http://tiny.cc/Atari2600Homebrew

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It would be cool if they did the 2015 Championships with the same 3 titles from 1990 (Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, & Tetris)!!!

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i want to see the "sweet 30th anniversary Super Mario Bros. pin"  :thumbsup: 

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author of "The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion" book series available on Amazon! www.amazon.com/author/brianmatherne

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I'm definitely planning on participating even though I'm not planning on winning probably too much competition besides don't know if there will be any retro games or not, at least I'll get a free pin haha

I'd do the same if the Best Buy in Baton Rouge, LA is a "participating" location......... I have a feeling its only a handful of big market cities that will.

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author of "The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion" book series available on Amazon! www.amazon.com/author/brianmatherne

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