Nintendo Campus Challenge

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A reproduction Nintendo Campus Challenge cartridge.

Nintendo Campus Challenge is a special cart used in the event of the same name. There are two different cartridges produced for it: a NES and an SNES cartridge. The cartridge is considered to be even rarer than the Nintendo World Championships cartridge with only one known in existence. It is currently owned by a private collector.


NES version[edit]

The NES game was used in the 1991 Nintendo Campus Challenge that toured fifty cities. The top prize was an all-expense trip to Florida for the next tournament, which took place in 1992.

The NES game is a combination of Super Mario Bros. 3, Dr. Mario, and Pinbot. It's unknown whether Pinbot or Dr. Mario were modified, but it's known that Super Mario Bros. 3 was. In Super Mario Bros. 3, the players' goal is to collect twenty-five coins.

After playing around each game, the player's scores are totaled. Each score is adjusted. The player's score from Super Mario Bros. 3 is multiplied by ten and the player's score from Dr. Mario is multiplied by a hundred.

Super Nintendo version[edit]

SNES version title screen.

In 1992, the Nintendo Campus Challenge visited thirty-five different campuses including Central Michigan University, Arizona State University, and Texas A & M University. The prize for winning at a university was a Super Nintendo with Super Mario World, F-Zero, and Pilotwings. Second, third, and fourth place winners got $100, $75, and $50, respectively. The overall winner got $10,000.

The Super Nintendo game was a combination of Super Mario World, F-Zero, and Pilotwings. Like the NES game, it too was modified. In Super Mario World, players are required to get fifty coins. In F-Zero, players are required to complete two laps. In Pilotwings, players are required to parachute from two planes and land on a certain target.

The Super Nintendo version also adjusted the player's scores. The F-Zero score was multiplied by 100 and the player's Pilotwings score was multiplied by 10,000.

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