The competition begins

Playing in the Nintendo World Championships might sound like a dream for fans. But it could actually be a reality!

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The Nintendo World Championships 2017 tournament will have fans of all ages from around the country competing in a variety of Nintendo games, both recent and retro.

The event takes place on October 7 in New York at Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom. Qualifying players will battle their way through a variety of games where they will be eliminated or will advance their way through the tournament based on their performance.


Here’s how it all works:

  • Starting on August 19, select Best Buy stores will host qualifying events in eight locations around the country.
  • Players will be divided into two groups based on their age, and both groups will play the Mario Kart 7 game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
  • The player with the best Time Trial entry in each age group at the end of the two-day event at each location will qualify for the Nintendo World Championships 2017!


Anyone who visits these events at Best Buy will be able to try demo versions of the Super Mario Odyssey game, launching October 27 for the Nintendo Switch system and the Metroid: Samus Returns game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, arriving on September 15.

Plus, visitors who are My Nintendo members will be able to check in using their My Nintendo QR Code at any of the qualifier event locations to receive 100 Platinum Points. My Nintendo members who are one of the first 200 to check in daily at each location will receive a My Nintendo pin as an added bonus.


For more information about the Nintendo World Championships 2017 and full rules, locations, dates, and times for the qualifying events, you can visit the official site.


Mario Kart 7 ESRB Rating: Everyone with Comic Mischief

Super Mario Odyssey  ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ with Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

Metroid: Samus Returns ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ with Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C (excl. P.R.) and Canada (excl. Quebec). Qualifier consists of 8 events, each at a different Best Buy location. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each local event will be held over a 2 day period between the dates of 8/19/17 and 9/10/17. Local events start at store open and end at 7 pm (Saturday) or 5 pm (Sunday), local time. Registration begins at store open (photo ID may be required). Minors (under 18 or age of majority in state of residence) must have parent/legal guardian present to play. Players will be split into 2 age groups (13 and over; 12 and younger). One prize per age group, per local event: slot to compete in Nintendo World Championships 2017 in NYC on 10/7/17, travel to NYC for 2 (ARV: $1000), hotel in NYC for 4 nights from 10/4/17 (ARV: $1200), and a $400 gift card. Winners must be in NYC and available to participate in activities from 10/5/17 through 10/7/17. For the Championship Event in NYC: The first place winner will receive a championship trophy (ARV: $2,780), and second and third place winners will each receive medals (ARV: $100 each). Odds of winning depend on number and skill of eligible participants. For participating stores and complete details, see official rules at Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc., 4600 150th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052.