The Nintendo World Championships made a return to form in 2015 after a 25-year hiatus. The NWC was popular back when movies like The Wizard were making runs in the theater, but the event tapered off shortly thereafter. Well, the Nintendo World Championships are coming back again, featuring Metroid: Samus Returns.
Nintendo rolled out an announcement video highlighting the first game that will be part of the line-up, along with celebrity guest stars who will be in attendance. Joining the 16-qualifying players in the tournament will be eight selected individuals from around the world, including WWE former women's champion Bayley, and actor Asa Butterfield.
There are some players who have already qualified for the Nintendo World Championships, dwindling down thousands of players to just 16. Those who qualified will be sent a New Nintendo 2DS XL along with a free copy of Metroid: Samus Returns for the handheld system. And yes, the game will be part of the line-up of Nintendo titles featured at this year's Nintendo World Championships.
The game just recently came out so it makes sense that Nintendo would put some focus on it as a premiere title at this year's Nintendo World Championships. Giving the game away for free for those who qualified from around the gaming universe also gives them time to help hone their skills and prep to face off against other players in the skill and time based challenges.
The championships are set to take place on October 7th in New York City at the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom. Tickets will be free, so all you have to do is show up at the door though space will clearly be limited.
The 2015 Nintendo World Championships were pretty big because it aired during Nintendo's big comeback at E3 where the company rolled out a lot of great content for its systems, and also had a giant auditorium full of people where the company introduced the first set of levels for the upcoming release of Super Mario Maker.
Nintendo's short video showcase for the upcoming event managed to get a lot of people excited, which you can check out below.
If you happen to be in the area at the time or you plan on making the trip to the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom during the weekend of the Nintendo World Championships, it might be something worth checking out if you have some free time that evening. The company will likely have Nintendo Switch games on display as well, especially leading up to the release of Super Mario Odyssey at the end of October.