3:43pm PT by Aaron Couch
Nintendo World Championships Returning After 25 Years
It's time to fire up your NES.
The Nintendo World Championships is coming back 25 years after its first and only edition back in 1990. For those looking for Super Mario glory, select Best Buys around the U.S. will hold qualifying rounds on May 30. Winners in each region will move on to the championship June 14 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
Nintendo hasn't revealed which games will be played in the tournament, but a professional video showed Nintendo America COO Reggie Fils-Aime going through an assortment of classic games as well as more games.
The first championship was partially inspired by the 1989 film The Wizard, which starred Fred Savage, Christian Slater and Jenny Lewis. The 1990 tournament divided players up into three age categories, and they each had 6 minutes and 21 seconds to earn as many points as possible — first by collecting 50 coins in Super Mario Bros., then by competing a course in Rad Racer and then by playing Tetris until their time expired.
Check out the announcement video below for more of a tease.