Nintendo World Championship Recap and Smash Brothers Direct
Nintendo started the day(and e3) with a Super Smash Brothers Direct. They announced several dlcs available today and some to come in the future.
The ones available today include Ryu, Roy and Lucas to come to Smash Brothers as of yesterday. Which brought down the virtual store for a little bit. Also every Smash brothers character is getting an amiibo figure to be released at a future date. They also announced Mega Man, Virtual Fighter and Tekken costumes for the mii fighters, Marking the first time that the 3 major fighting game franchises are in the same game. Free online tourney mode is coming this summer.
They also announced that several stages are making a comeback to the smash brothers game. The Zelda level, the Mushroom Kingdom, and the dreamland levels from melee are being released today. As well as a Miiverse level that will feature comments from the Nintendo community in the back ground.
Right before the Nintendo world Championships took place Nintendo had yet another announcement for today that rocked the gaming community. Earthbound Beginnings was announced and released earlier today on the Virtual Console, which I imagine brought the store down again. Marking the first time this game has been released in the west since its original Japanese release 15 years ago.
25 years since the last Nintendo world championships happened. Today they came back. 16 players entered the arena. 1 player was left standing. 8 players qualified at participating locations across the us, 8 were selected by Nintendo to compete. This double elimination tournament had 4 regular stages of competition.
The first round featured 4 on 4 games of Splatoon in which 4 losing players got dropped to the underworld elimination level 1. Which was a speed run of Legend of Zelda. The first player to make it to the end of dungeon 1 is safe the other 3 were eliminated. The next round was a world premier of a new game called Blast ball. This game is a mech game with soccer type rules. Shoot the ball into the goal to score. Again the 4 lowest players in this level dropped to the Underground elimination stage which for number 2 was the first person to beat motherbrain and escape the world first made it to the next underworld elimination round to fight for redemption.
The 3 stage was a Mario Kart 8 3 race cup with the top 3 players moving on and the final elimination stage came next with the top player moving back to the main level. With 4 players left this final round had the top two players moving on to the final round after declaring dominance in Super Smash Bros wii u. The top two players, Cosmo and John Numbers moved on to the final round. They had to face off in 4 rounds of…Mario Maker! The Nintendo treehouse made some of the most sickening and difficult levels one would ever see. Super Mario brothers, SMB 3, Super Mario World, and Super Mario Wii u were the themes. The first 3 rounds were survival/speed test. The player who made it the furthest or the quickest(the latter proved to be the case) received a 15 second bonus in the final round, which ended up being a 15 second advantage overall for John Numbers after the first two levels evened out.
The final level was a race to the end. The first player there was crowned the Nintendo World Champion of 2015. This ended up being John Numbers who took home the very nice trophy presented by Shigeru Miyamoto who also gave the final two players autographed 3ds.
Overall, while I didn’t agree with the team based play in the first couple of rounds I think the Nintendo World Championships brought something back to the gaming world. I think we have a few more years of this at least! Stay tuned to Insertcointobegin.com for E3 coverage.