E3 2015 – Day 1 Australian Time – Nintendo World Championship

Happy E3 all!

The Electronic Entertainment Expo for 2015 has kicked off in style, with Nintendo hosting for the first time in 25 years the “Nintendo World Championships.” This was an event that was held during the NES days in America, and is probably best know for that infamous Gold NWC cart, that had a stage from Super Mario Bros, Rad Racer and Tetris.

Obviously today’s show was a tad more modern, presenting a unique opportunity for Nintendo to showcase not only some current hits and a few classics, but the chance to showcase a few upcoming releases.

So far the event has been exciting , with 16 players competing in several rounds, including the recently released “Splatoon” (a game I may have to pick up soon), Super Metroid, Smash Bros for Wii U, Mario Kart 8, and an old classic from the NES era by the name of “Balloon Trip.”

During the tournament a few Nintendo announcements were made, Blast Ball for 3DS and Earthbound Beginnings for the Wii U Virtual Console – the latter being available for download immediately.

The highlight of the Smash Bros round was the epic showdown between Nintendo of America president Reggie Fills-Amie and last year’s winner of the Smash Bros Tournament, Hungrybox. Hbox won with Jigglypuff against Reggie’s Ryu from Streetfighter (character recently announced as a DLC.) The smack talk was high from Hbox, but quickly burnt by Reggie calmly reminding him that he spends 16 hours a day running a company.

The real highlight of the NWC for 2015 would have to be the final round, with the game being the upcoming “Super Mario Maker.”

The game gives the player the opportunity to create their own Mario levels, with the ability to upload them to share with other players on line, similar to Sony’s “Little Big Planet.”

And boy, did Nintendo Treehouse pull some punches with their levels…

The final round came down to two players, Cosmo and John Numbers. It was a very intense round between the two of them, but John Numbers came out the winner, and was surprised with a special appearance from the man himself – Shiguru Miyamoto.

Both Cosmo and John Numbers got a signed 3DS from the godfather of Nintendo, but the trophy presented to John Numbers would have to be the most gorgeous thing I’ve seen.

What an event, I wish I had got up slightly earlier to catch the start of it. (Yes, I slept in. Sue me.)

Great job, Nintendo. Welcome to E3 2015.


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