Nintendo World Championships

Nintendo World Championships

09 Oct: Best Buy Qualifier Wins Nintendo World Championships

Besting 23 opponents in games of the past and present, Thomas “Ito” Gonda of California won the Nintendo World Championships over the weekend in New York City.

Thomas — a 21-year-old computer science student at San Diego State University — unseated defending champion John “Numbers” Goldberg during a best-of-three final series of Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch console.

The victory ended his status as a lifelong runner-up, Thomas said.

The Nintendo World Championships, held Oct. 7, featured head-to-head competition on games like Mario Party 2 and Donkey Kong Country Returns.

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08 Aug: Best Buy to Host Nintendo World Championship Qualifiers

Eight stores across the U.S. are the exclusive place to compete for a chance to play in the finals in New York City

Buckle up, Nintendo fans, the Nintendo World Championships are back. And the only place to qualify is at eight select U.S. Best Buy stores (full list below).

When we last hosted the qualifying events in 2015, hundreds of fans showed up to each store to compete.

Between Aug. 19 and Sept. 10, the eight stores will host qualifying rounds of the Nintendo World Championships.

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20 May: Compete and Qualify for Nintendo World Championships at 8 Best Buy Stores on May 30

Calling all Nintendo fans.

You’ll want to immediately mark your calendar for Saturday, May 30.

Eight Best Buy locations (participating stores listed below) across the country are hosting qualifying events for the upcoming Nintendo World Championships, which will take place on June 14 in Los Angeles.*

If you’re at least 13 years old and want to see if you are one of the best Nintendo gamers, just be one of the first 750 people to arrive at a participating store.