Nintendo World Championships 2015

Thread in 'Locations & Events' started by mikewiz, 22 May 2015.

  1. If you haven't heard Nintendo is putting on another one of these events in 8 cities and then the finals at E3.

    Here is the best article I found about the playing structure.

    Here are the qualifying locations.

    Too bad there is no Tetris this time around or I probably would of drove the 6 hours to Chicago... I stink at Dr Mario(that's where the points are going to be since it's x100)

    Does anybody from here plan on going?
  2. World Championships
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  3. I will be holding it down in NY. Also totally suck at Dr. Mario. Anyone have any good links to master the game in a week?
  4. Zaphod77

    Zaphod77 Resident Misinformer

    Combos are how you get the big points.

    I suspect they will use your score from SMB1 to seed the RNG for Dr. Mario, like they did with tetris.
  5. I've never played the game but is that how it works? It is not random? If you can get the same score during practice runs you can find the best seed for combos then.

    Be sure to do the quick way to get 50 coins in SMB so you more time later in Dr. Mario. If you don't know how watch Rizz's NWC youtube video.

    The bad thing is you only get 1 chance so you have to be perfect to win.
  6. So this thing is fascinating to me.

    I just watched this video

    The invited players seem to be Twitch speedrunners(?) Also interesting to note they are not announcing the games.
    Should be fun watching this train wreck. :p
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  7. The NYC Best Buy qualifiers were really underwhelming. I felt really out of place. The staff was super friendly, but we were huddled 20 at a time into a tiny Best Buy aisle to play the game. Actually, it wasn't even an aisle. It's was just, like, this tiny area in the middle of the store.

    Not complaining, in fact I'm glad this event is happening in the first place. But man, how the mighty have fallen. (Like, at least set up a cardboard standup of Mario or something ;) )
  8. I enjoyed it a lot, actually. There were some amazing speed runners up there. Trihex, Sinister1, and Cosmo are all pros. And of course Numbers, who won the NYC qualifier (I think his qualifying score was a little above 4 million, although he has above 11 million on the NES Remix leaderboards. I had no chance in hell!).

    There were definitely some awkward moments, though. This kid being a commentator for Splatoon. The whole "I spend 16 hours a day running a company" thing. Cosmo not being able to wall jump at the end - which killed him. Also, I know they wanted to push the virtual console downloads, but playing on the Wii U gamepad messed up those speed runners in "the underground". Sinister1 looked like he had to really get his bearings for Super Metroid, although I'm sure with an SNES controller he could have halved that time.
  9. The whole event was there to sell games and consoles. I could tell that the moment they put a kid on stage and made the first round be Splatoon. The game is way too new to have any real competitive appeal or form a proper metagame at all. Maybe I'm just being cynical about it all yet at the same time I've seen what happens behind the curtains of Nintendo and it really isn't much different to some of Sony and Microsoft's questionable practices (they are a business after all.) Luckily for them though they can hide most of it behind nostalgia and kid-friendly walls and hope no-one notices. Anyway, I'm getting off-topic here so I'll save that for another discussion.

    It still surprises me though with how many of the popular NES and SNES titles stay relevant to this day outside of the occasional nostalgic trip. I would have thought people would move on to later games on their series yet people still hold the original games dear.
  10. Reminder that WiiU and 3DS Virtual Console have several frames of input lag. I'm sure this is a more critical issue than the gamepad itself.
  11. I hated the team competitions. Splatoon and Blast Ball rounds were stupid imho and lasted too long. I had no problems with the Mario Kart round since you got to pick your character and car.

    Since they were only going to display their warez they could of thrown in a stage of Star Fox or DKC (throw back to other competitions). Also have one round be a tough level of Dr Mario. geez
  12. Ah, didn't know that! Well this might explain why I was totally incapable of playing Super Mario World the other day. That, or I just suck at it :p

    As for it being one big Nintendo commercial, I'm fine with that. It's the reason it happened in the first place. That's the reason why any big competition happens - advertising, sponsorships, etc.

    Sure, I would have liked more old-school games, or more games that require greater skill, but I came into it being realistic. What mattered to me was that the spirit of competitive gaming was displayed. The more people who see things like this, the more other smaller niche circles can come together and take their respective competitive gaming to the next level. And it doesn't hurt for the other already established niches too, probably.
  13. Isn't that exactly what the 1990 Nintendo "World" Championships also was? I never really heard of the event until recently when those carts starting sucking up huge prices on eBay, since it's an entirely American thing, and no one in my part of the world was talking about it back then, but it's my impression that the entire purpose of the event was to sell Super Mario Bros. 3 and brand all of the existing NES titles as the top of video gaming.

    A lot of these games have never really been bested. Super Metroid is still a unique masterpiece that never will or could be repeated. There have been other great Metroid games, like the first Metroid Prime, but it's a completely different beast. Within its genre, Super Metroid is still the beacon everyone else looks to.
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  14. The Wizard is a movie loosely based on the competition to promote it and SMB3 -- one of the plot points is that SMB3 is revealed for the first time at the competition. However, SMB3 was not featured in NWC90; the list of games was just SMB1, Rad Racer, and Tetris.

    NWC90, while perhaps poorly named (much in the way the World Series of baseball only features North American players), did feature a proper competitive format. The games list was composed of established titles intended to test a range of skills, games were modified to suit the format (most notably, Tetris pieces were selected deterministically with a slight adjustment based on the score set in Mario, ensuring fair distributions for all competitors -- in stark contrast with the random behavior of Dr. Mario in the NWC15 Qualifiers) competitors in the finals were all selected from the regional competitions (no mix-and-match with invitational players), no gimmicks or surprises (games list and format was fixed between regional qualifiers and finals).
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