As part of its return after 25 years to the biggest video game expo of the year, E3, Nintendo announced that its bringing back World Championships after a 25-year hiatus.
"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, in a press release. "I'm especially eager to bring back the Nintendo World Championships and to crown the 2015 Nintendo World Champion."
Starting May 30, gamers will be able to go to select Best Buy locations throughout the country to play in qualifying tournaments. The winner from each region, including players who are invited by Nintendo, will meet prior to the start of E3 on June 14 in Los Angeles for a multi-round tournament, with one person being crowned the 2015 Nintendo World Champion.
The company announced that its showcase at E3 will be on Tuesday, June 16, with the event starting at 12 p.m. EDT.
The move to bring back the World Championships expands upon a return to its roots for Nintendo, as well as an opportunity to embrace the future.
Nintendo announced in March it was bringing its intellectual property to smart devices, after balking at bringing its games to mobile devices for years. As part of a collaboration with Japanese mobile-gaming company DeNA (pronounced DNA), Nintendo will bring all of its intellectual property, including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser and more, to smart devices, including phones and tablets.