It’s been a long time since a Nintendo World Championship was held, 25 years in fact. Yet last night to kick off E3 in style (after they held a Super Smash Bros. presentation earlier in the day), Nintendo brought back the championships and streamed it live for all the world to see. And judging by the reactions from the crowd and the contestants? I’d be very surprised if this didn’t become an annual event once again.
16 contestants battled across numerous games both single player and multi-player in order to achieve victory. Mario, Zelda, Splatoon, a new game called Blastball, and yes, Super Smash Bros, all were involved in deciding who would take home the crown.
After nearly 5 hours of intense gameplay (mixed with some hilarity and fun from Nintendo fans and staff), John Numbers took home the crown, and the cool Mario trophy!
But that’s not all, as a show of respect, and epicness, both him and runner-up Cosmo Wright got a 3DS XL signed by the one and only Shigeru Miyamoto himself.
It wasn’t all fun and games though…ok, it was pretty much that, but still. There were some announcements as well. Mario Maker has now been retitled Super Mario Maker, and we’ll no doubt get more details about that in the upcoming Nintendo Digital Event.
Also, Earthbound Beginnings was announced to be finally coming to the US, and is actually available now in the Wii U eShop!
Overall? It seemed like a fun event for fans and gamers alike. And this is just the start of E3.