The Nintendo World Championships, a gaming competition last held in 1990, return in 2015 for E3 in June. As part of its run up to the Electronic Entertainment Expo next month, Nintendo will be hosting its first “World Championships” competition in 25 years.
For a company that was said to be abandoning E3, Nintendo is now giving the event fresh life with an E3 presence on multiple fronts. Starting on May 30, Nintendo will stage qualifying tournaments at certain Best Buy stores in cities around the country; winners in each region, “plus competitors invited by Nintendo,” will then gather at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 14 for a multi-round final showdown to determine the champion.
There’s no word on which game(s) comprise the 2015 Nintendo World Championships and it’s also possible that Nintendo will come up with something completely new for the 2015 championship.
The final showdown in Los Angeles is intended to kick off Nintendo’s presence at the E3 2015 trade show. The annual Nintendo Digital Event returns this year on day one of the show, with a livestream starting at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 16. More streams will follow throughout the show, which runs from June 16 to 19.
Nintendo also announced today that it will once again be foregoing a formal press conference at this year’s show in favor of a livestreamed “Digital Event” scheduled for 9am Pacific time on June 16. The company will also be offering North American players nationwide the opportunity to play Mario Maker before its release at select Best Buy locations on June 17 and June 20.