Nintendo World Championships Returns at this Year’s E3
“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.”
Preliminary qualifying rounds for the Nintendo World Championships will begin on May 30 at various Best Buy locations in major cities around the U.S.
Each regional event winner, along with wild card competitors invited by Nintendo, will meet on June 14th, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles for a multi-round Nintendo game tournament. 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 stream the event online. More details about the qualifying tournaments will be shared within the next couple weeks.
Nintendo will stream E3 Nintendo Direct on June 19th, as they have over the past two years, to detail the company’s new plans at the big show.
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.