How to Enter the Nintendo Video Game World Championships

By Vince Matthews

For the first time in 25 years, the Nintendo Video Game World Championships will rock gamers across the United States. The event will pit gamers against each other in a quest for the highest score in Championship Mode, as they play Ultimate NES Remix for Nintendo 3DS.


To qualify for the finals, players will have to compete at qualifying events that will take place at Best Buy stores across the country. Players will take their shot at score-based challenges in three Nintendo 8-bit classics: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 and Dr. Mario.

Games like Super Mario Bros. may seem pretty basic but they can teach you a lot about what makes a good video game. But to really learn about good game design, you should take a video game design course.

The top player from each of the eight regional competitions will then go on to the final event (which includes a variety of Nintendo games) in Los Angeles, set to be held on June 14 at the E3 video game trade show.

Want to get in on the action? These Best Buy stores will be hosting the qualifying competitions on May 30, 2015:

1717 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA

3675 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA

10760 NW 17th St., Miami, FL

900 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL

12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N, Maple Grove, MN

5001 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, NY

9378 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX

2214 S. 48th St., Tacoma, WA

“Now You’re Playing with Power!”
The Nintendo-sponsored video game competition is loosely based on the 1989 film The Wizard, in which players had to score the most points in a limited time. It also tips Nintendo’s hand about what it may be unveiling at E3.

NES Remix features mini-games taken from Nintendo’s library of classics.

“We want to include fans of all ages this E3 with an innovative and nostalgic focus on fun,” says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “I’m especially eager to bring back the Nintendo World Championships and to crown the 2015 Nintendo World Champion.”

No matter what video game camp you’re in (Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo), you can’t dispute that Nintendo games are truly classics and it will be fun to see how players will tackle the challenge.