Nintendo World Championship Making Return For Nintendo’s E3

Nintendo released a funny video, below, that lets us know what they have in store for E3. They haven’t done a “live” press conference for a few years and they are going with the pre-recorded route again this year. Their video will go live June 16, starting at 9 AM PDT which happens to be the same time Square Enix is scheduled for their press conference. Fans viewing the event “will be treated to detailed information about the various games and experiences Nintendo has in store for its systems.”

With the conference is also “Nintendo’s Treehouse” where they take guests to the show floor and interview them for everyone, while also talking about all the latest games.

Along with that, Nintendo has partnered with Best Buy and select stores will have Mario Maker kiosks to play on June 17th 4-9PM, and June 20th 12-5PM.

Lastly Nintendo World Championship is making a return on Sunday June 14th at E3. You can qualify for the event at Best Buy stores starting May 30th. Regional winners, along with select competitors by Nintendo, will then be able to compete live at Nokia Theater during E3 Sunday. You can attend it as a viewer if you are in the area, otherwise it will be streamed live. This is the first time the event has taken place since 1990! How cool!

Here’s the official PR for anything we may have left out: 

Nintendo reaches out directly to gaming fans, media and partners with a dynamic lineup for E3 2015, starting with the exciting return of the Nintendo World Championships after a 25-year hiatus. At select Best Buy locations around the country, consumers can vie for a coveted spot in the tournament finals set in Los Angeles to kick off E3 week on Sunday, June 14. Separately on Tuesday, June 16, online viewers can score the latest Nintendo news as it breaks by tuning in to the Nintendo Digital Event, followed by Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3, daily live-streamed game demonstrations from the Nintendo booth. Finally, Nintendo will deliver a piece of its E3 experience to consumers nationwide, with two hands-on sampling days of the upcoming Mario Maker Wii U game at participating Best Buy stores. This year, Nintendo will go beyond the show to deliver the E3 spirit and inside scoop to a bigger audience than ever via and Nintendo’s social media channels.

“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,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “I’m especially eager to bring back the Nintendo World Championships and to crown the 2015 Nintendo World Champion.”

The E3 2015 video game trade show takes place June 16-19 in Los Angeles. Nintendo’s main events taking place during E3 include:

Nintendo World Championships 2015

On May 30, select Best Buy locations in major cities around the country will host qualifying tournaments for the Nintendo World Championships, which were last seen in 1990. The winners from each regional event, plus competitors invited by Nintendo, will meet on June 14, at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles for a multi-round Nintendo game competition. 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 online. More details about the qualifying tournaments will be shared in the coming weeks.


Once again Nintendo will deliver its main news via an online video program. The Nintendo Digital Event will start at 9 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, June 16. Viewers will be treated to detailed information about the various games and experiences Nintendo has in store for its systems.

E3 kicks off with Bethesda’s press conference on June 14th, so be sure to stay tuned to Cinelinx as we’ll have a team out there to cover all the gaming goodness.