Last night saw sixteen gamers from across the country take part in the finals of the 2015 Nintendo World Championships that kicked off E3 2015 for Nintendo. These players took on challenges from Nintendo games old and new including The Legend of Zelda (NES), Super Metroid (Super NES), Splatoon, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Mario Maker. The final round saw John "John Numbers" Goldberg take on Cosmo Wright in Super Mario Maker with Goldberg coming out on top to be declared the 2015 Nintendo World Champion.
Also during the event Nintendo announced EarthBound Beginnings for the Wii U, a localized version of the original Famicom game Mother, and we also got to see the NWC competitors take on a new six-player sci-fi sports experience in Blast Ball on the Nintendo 3DS (now available on the 3DS eShop for $6.99).
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Returning after a 25-year hiatus, the Nintendo World Championships 2015 concluded tonight in Los Angeles with a new world champion: John ??John Numbers?? Goldberg of Queens, New York. Goldberg defeated Cosmo Wright in a tense final round playing the upcoming Super Mario Makergame for the Wii U console. The new champion emerged victorious after a multi-round competition in games from Nintendo??s past, present and future, including The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Metroid for the Super NES, as well as Splatoon, Super Smash Bros. for Wii Uand Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, in front of a live crowd of thousands and even more fans watching around the world online.
In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, host Kevin Pereira welcomes the enthusiastic crowd at L.A. LIVE and fans watching online to the Nintendo World Championships 2015 on June 14, 2015. The Nintendo World Championships, which were last seen in 1990, is a video game competition featuring games from the past, present and future of Nintendo, and kicks off the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles. (Photo: Nintendo)
The intense competition consisted of 16 Nintendo fans, eight pre-selected by Nintendo and eight advancing from qualifying rounds held across the nation on May 30. After winning the final round, Goldberg was presented his trophy by Nintendo developer Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong series, among others.
In addition to playing classic Nintendo games they were familiar with, competitors had to quickly think on their feet when presented with Blast Ball, a new six-player sci-fi sports experience, which made its Nintendo 3DS debut during the tournament. Another game announcement came in the form of EarthBound Beginnings, a localized version of the original Mother game for the Famicom (the Japanese version of the Nintendo Entertainment System), during a pre-tournament Nintendo Treehouse: Live segment. Revealed by the game??s creator, Shigesato Itoi, the fan-favorite role-playing game went on sale immediately after the tournament exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U for $6.99, marking its debut in the U.S. after launching in Japan nearly 26 years ago.
The Nintendo World Championships 2015 kicked off Nintendo??s activities for E3 2015, which continues with its Nintendo Digital Event on Tuesday, June 16, at 9 a.m. PT, Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3, featuring live game demos and special guests from the show floor June 16-18 and Nintendo Access: Super Mario Maker at Best Buy, a chance for fans that are not at E3 to play upcoming Wii U game Super Mario Maker at select Best Buy stores in the U.S. and Canada on June 17 and June 20.
To view a video-on-demand version of the Nintendo World Championships 2015, and for more information about Nintendo??s presence at E3, visit http://e3.nintendo.com/.