The 2017 Nintendo World Championships hosted by Nintendo in New York concluded on Saturday. With a total of 24 players participating in this years edition, it was Thomas G. who took the winning trophy home after beating 2015 champion, John Numbers.
The finale was decided through three levels of Nintendo's Super Mario Odyssey in which Thomas G. beat the 2015 champion by winning the final boss fight of the tournament. Based on a report by Kotaku, the levels of the Nintendo Switch title played out in the finale had never been seen earlier as the company is yet to release the game. Super Mario Odyssey is expected to launch on 28 October.
According to the report, Thomas G. was the underdog entering the finale, coming up through the loser's bracket of the draw. The winner beat opponents in his draw in other titles such as Mario Party 2 and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe to make his way to the finale.
Polygon in another report stated that the tournament saw participants play out a variety of Nintendo titles, including the company's recent 3DS game, Metroid: Samus Returns. Qualifiers had to compete in regional tournaments, held earlier, in titles such as Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS to work their way up to the world championship.
The first edition of the Nintendo World Championships took place in 1990 which had players play each other in NES games — Rad Racer, Super Mario Bros. and Tetris. The 2015 edition was held to mark the twenty fifth anniversary of the first Nintendo World Championships.
Updated Date: Oct 08, 2017 12:45 PM