Nintendo World Championships
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Nintendo World Championships was a special nationwide promotion/contest in 1990 that occurred in 30 cities around the United States. The legacy of this promotion lies in the game cartridge of the same name which was used in the competition. There are 116 copies of this game known to exist; 90 standard editions, given to contest winners, and 26 gold cartridges given to winners of a related Nintendo Power promotion. Because of this, it is a particularly rare game and is valued by video game collectors.
The NES cartridge serves as the primary competition in the 1990 Nintendo World Championship. The cartridge has a combination of Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, and Tetris. The timer is set for 6 minutes and 21 seconds. Each game is modified for the contest:
After the player plays a round of each game, their scores are totaled. Each score is adjusted. The player's score in Super Mario Bros. are not adjusted, their score in Rad Racer is multiplied by ten, and the score in Tetris is multiplied by 25. This encourages the players to reach Tetris as quickly as possible as it is the best way to achieve high scores.
The Nintendo World Championship cartridges are considered the "Holy Grail" of NES Collecting by many fans. Gold cartridges are the most sought-after NES cartridges in the history of video gaming and may go for over $10,000.
The competition returned for its 2015 edition on the weekend before E3 where sixteen competitors flew to Los Angeles to compete in the competition with the winner receiving the coveted trophy and a New Nintendo 3DS XL signed by Shigeru Miyamoto.
The qualifiers is set in eight Best Buy locations from different regions in the United States. Players play Championship Mode from Ultimate NES Remix (collect 50 coins in Super Mario Bros., collect 25 coins in Super Mario Bros. 3 and getting a possible high score in Dr. Mario). The eight top scorers from eight different regions compete in Los Angeles along with eight other players selected by Nintendo.
Each stage has a different game where the contestants compete for a spot in the next stage. The losing players face off in the elimination zone known as the Underground. There is a total of five stages and three Underground challenges.
Super Mario Maker
In Super Mario Maker, unlocking all 56 of the 10 Mario Challenge's sample courses for the Coursebot unlocks the Nintendo World Championships 2015 courses for the player to play. Upon clearing all four of these courses, the player are rewarded with the ability to shake Super Mushrooms in the Super Mario Bros. game style in order to use the Weird Mushroom at any time.