Those who are big fans of Nintendo and think they can win the recently announced return of Nintendo World Championships will now have a little more information on where the tournaments will take place and what they will be competing for.

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that qualifying competitions will be held in eight Best Buy locations all around the United States on May 30. The player that wins from each of the locations will advance to the final competition, which will take place in Los Angeles at E3 next month.

The qualifying round won’t be easy, it will challenge them with Ultimate NES Remix for the Nintendo 3DS, which is a part of the classic games test. That’s not all, they will have their skills tested in various Super Mario Bros games, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, and Dr. Mario. Participants will have plenty of time to reach their highest scores, at each location gamers will have from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

See the locations right here:

  • 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 Expressway Dallas, TX
  • 2214 S. 48th St. Tacoma, WA

Return After 25 Years

The Nintendo World Championships was a 1990 Nintendo promoted video game competition, that toured twenty nine cities across the United States. The competition was based on scoring points in the custom cartridge’s three Nintendo Entertainment System games (Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, and Tetris) within aCartrdige time limit of 6 minutes and 21 seconds.

The Nintendo World Championships had three separate age groups (11 and under, 12-17, and 18 and over). The city contests were held over the weekend and began on Friday afternoon and ended on Sunday night.

On May 13th, 2015, Nintendo announced that the Nintendo World Championships would return for its 25th anniversary. Qualifying competitions begin on May 30th in some Best Buy locations, with the final event being live streamed on June 14th.


The top winner in each age category took home a $10,000 U.S. savings bond, a new 1990 Geo Metro Convertible, a 40″ rear-projection TV, and a gold painted Mario trophy. Runners up in each age category received a $1,000 U.S. savings bond and a silver Mario trophy. The remainder of the top seven of each age category received a thousand dollar savings bond.

Gold CartridgCartridges

The Nintendo World Championships competition was based on a custom NES cartridge by the same name. Ninety of these copies exist as the official gray cartridges were given out to finalists after the championships concluded. There are 26 special gold cartridges, most of them are for the The Legend of Zelda game.

These cartridges are one of the most valuable items in the gaming community. In 2008, a cartridge went for $15,000 and a year later another one sold for 17,500. A few months later another copy was sold on eBay as part of a charity action for World Vision. The bid did not go through as the person failed to pay the 13,500 but the game was then sold privately for $18,000. A gray and gold version even appeared in one of the episodes of Pawn Stars, but no deal could be reached because both sides had a way different number. Chumlee offered 15,000 for both but the owner wanted at least 35,000.


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