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Nintendo World Championships 2015 Details May 20, 2015

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Nintendo has long held a place in many gamers’ hearts and now Nintendo plans to give back to their fans.  In the early 90s, Nintendo ruled video gaming with an iron fist.  They were everywhere. TV, magazines, shampoo, and even breakfast cereal.  At the height of their popularity Nintendo hosted a series of competitions to find the best NES players in the world. Those events have gone down in gaming legend. Heck, there was even a Fred Savage movie about the phenomenon, called The Wizard.

This year, just prior to this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo is once again hosting the Nintendo World Championships and they’re opening it to anyone who wants to play.

If you would like to compete, you’ll have to head to one of the eight participating Best Buy locations on May 30th, 2015.  The qualifying events will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time at Best Buy stores at the following locations:

  • 1717 Harrison St.  San Francisco, CA
  • 3675 Pacific Coast Highway. Torrance, CA
  • 10760 NW 17th St.  Miami, FL
  • 900 E. Golf Road. Schaumburg, IL
  • 12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N. Maple Grove, MN
  • 5001 Northern Blvd.  Long Island City, NY
  • 9378 N. Central Expressway  Dallas, TX
  • 2214 S. 48th St.  Tacoma, WA

Nintendo says they’ll be testing players with the game Ultimate NES Remix on the Nintendo 3DS. The special challenges will be taken from Dr. Mario, Super Mario Bros 3 and Super Mario Bros. The top players from each store will be given the chance to compete against each other at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. You can read all the official details about the promotion here.

Fred Savage himself has expressed interest in attending the event. If you know Fred, make sure to pass along this information to him!

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Gaming History You Should Know: Atari’s SwordQuest Contest May 20, 2015

Posted by Maniac in Gaming History You Should Know, Uncategorized.
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With all the recent talk about Nintendo’s upcoming World Championship series and the ongoing success of electronic gaming competitions all over the world, I want to talk a little bit about one of the first true gaming championship contests that I can think of. In the early 1980s, Atari ruled the video game industry and they were planing an epic contest unlike anything that has been seen since to give back to their die hard fans.  This is the story of the SwordQuest games.  Four exclusive games were planned for release on the Atari 2800, with each one themed around the four basic elements. A contest was planned to be held for each game’s release, and the winner of each one would receive a special prize.  These prizes weren’t simple trinkets, these were incredibly elaborate items constructed of precious metals and stones. Five prizes were produced, with four to be handed out to the winner of each game contest, and the fifth prize would be given to the top winner among the four.  Unfortunately, Atari’s future crashed right in the middle of the contest, and its status was thrown into question.

James Rolfe, who you may know better under his alias, The Angry Video Game Nerd, produced an incredible video about Atari’s $150,000 SwordQuest game series. If you wanted to know what was involved in one of the most epic plans in the history of competitive gaming, give it a watch.

The true bearer of that Sword still has yet to be named.