Nintendo World Championships 1990

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This article is about the cartridge used in the Nintendo World Championships. For the competition itself, see Nintendo World Championships.
Nintendo World Championships 1990
Standard grey cartridge of the Nintendo World Championships 1990
Developer Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
Release date USA October 10, 1990
Genre Compilation (platform, racing, puzzle)
Mode(s) Single player
Nintendo Entertainment System icon for use in {{media}}. Game Pak

Nintendo World Championships 1990 is an exceedingly rare American NES cartridge, with only 116 cartridges in existence. The cartridges were used for the Nintendo World Championships held from March 8, 1990 to December 9, 1990 in 29 cities across the United States. 90 gray cartridges were given to the ninety finalists, and 26 gold cartridges were given away in a Nintendo Power contest. Because of this, Nintendo World Championships 1990 is a rare cartridge valued by video game collectors, and usually sells for several thousand dollars.

Competition rules[edit]

It features the three games: Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, and Tetris. The player had a total of 6 minutes 21 seconds to play all three games, but this can be changed by DIP switches on the cartridge.

The player starts out in Super Mario Bros.. They are given 99 lives, and are required to collect 50 coins in the shortest time possible. After completing this, the cartridge moves on to Rad Racer where the player has to complete the first track, again, in the shortest time possible. Finally, they move on to Tetris in marathon mode, and have to get the highest score possible with the remaining time they have left.

After the player plays a round of each game, their scores are totaled and some scores are adjusted. The player's score in Super Mario Bros. is 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.



  • NES Remix 2 pays homage to this event by having its Competition Mode set up like the Nintendo World Championships 1990 cartridge.

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