August 8, 2017
Shane KitzmanStaff Writer
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. Competitors will compete for the best time trial in Mario Kart 7 on the Nintendo 3DS. Two winners from each store – one 12-years-old or younger, one 13-years-old or older – will move on to the finals in New York City on Oct. 7.
These stores will also be one of the first places for gaming fans to demo two of the most anticipated new titles: Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch and Metroid: Samus Returns on the Nintendo 3DS. Both launch later this fall.
If you can’t make it to a participating store, follow along on social media as the YouTube-famous Josh Darnit family road trips to select locations.
Nintendo World Championships Qualifying Rounds:
New York City – 610 Exterior St, Bronx, NY | Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
San Francisco Bay Area – 181 Curtner Ave, San Jose, CA | Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Los Angeles – 3675 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA | Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Chicago – 2301 Howard St, Evanston, IL | Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dallas – 9378 N Central Expressway, Dallas, TX | Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Minneapolis – 1000 West 78th St, Richfield, MN | Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Miami – 4001 W 20th Ave, Hialeah, FL | Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seattle – 17364 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA | Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
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* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C (excl. P.R.) and Canada (excl. Quebec). Registration for the qualifier begins at store open (photo ID may be required). Minors (under 18 or age of majority in state of residence) must have parent/legal guardian present to play. One prize per age group, per local event: slot to compete in Nintendo World Championships 2017 in NYC on 10/7/17, travel to NYC for 2 (ARV: $1000), hotel in NYC for 4 nights from 10/4/17 (ARV: $1200), and a $400 gift card. Winners must be in NYC and available to participate in activities from 10/5/17 through 10/7/17. For the Championship Event in NYC: The first place winner will receive a championship trophy (ARV: $2,780), and second and third place winners will each receive medals (ARV: $100 each). Odds of winning depend on number and skill of eligible participants. For complete details, see official rules at nwc.nintendo.com. Sponsor: Nintendo of America Inc., 4600 150th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052.