Nintendo is looking to make a big splash at this year’s E3. In addition to their usual press conference, they’re reviving the Nintendo World Championships, last held 25 years in ago in 1990. The original Nintendo World Championships were inspired by the movie The Wizard, a film which broke the news of Super Mario Bros. 3 to North America. Could we see that tradition continue with new games being announced during the revived Nintendo World Championships?

Speaking with Game Informer, Nintendo Treehouse’s Erik Peterson first said that Nintendo is aiming to surprise players with the competition’s lineup of games, focusing them to adapt to the challenge.

Game Informer: Why NES Remix? Why not break out the original consoles and cartridges?

Peterson: Ultimate NES Remix on Nintendo 3DS was only used for our qualifying rounds at select Best Buy stores around the country. It was a fun nod to the original 1990 tournament, since we were using the game’s World Championship mode which included some of the games used in the original competition.

On June 14, The Nintendo World Championships will use eight different games, including Splatoon and The Legend of Zelda. Although we’ve already revealed these two games, we see the element of surprise as being important – we want to truly test the competitors’ skills by forcing them to adapt to the challenges we throw at them.

Later in the interview, Peterson was asked about
The Wizard and possible game reveals for this year’s Nintendo World Championships, but he couldn’t reveal too much.

Game Informer: Is Nintendo planning for the final event to be a game reveal, as it was in The Wizard?

Peterson: We’re deliberately keeping some of the games secret to provide an additional challenge to our competitors and to make the show as fun as possible. That’s probably not the answer you were hoping for, but you’ll just have to watch to find out.

Game Informer: Regarding The Wizard, it was the first thing many thought of when the tournament was announced. Two stars of the film, Fred Savage and Jenny Lewis, reacted to the news on twitter making it apparent they want to be involved. Did the legacy of the film help foster the decision to bring the tournament back? Did you reach out to those actors or anyone else involved in the film?

Peterson: The reaction to the event has been massive. It’s gotten us really excited to see how hyped everyone is about the tournament—a lot of which comes from both the history and legacy of the Nintendo World Championships and the love of The Wizard. As far as who might be there –you know I can’t answer that! But I will say we have some fun treats in store.

Hopefully there are some exciting announcements at the Nintendo World Championships, but either way we can look forward to the Nintendo E3 Digital Event on June 16th. Meanwhile, the winner of the Nintendo World Championships can look forward to the golden Mario trophy seen below!

Source: Game Informer

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