How & Where To Watch The Nintendo World Championships 2017
Just a friendly reminder that the 2017 Nintendo World Championships are taking place on Saturday, October 7. While we don’t expect any new game reveals or tremendous surprises, you never know with Nintendo! You can watch it live right here.
You’ll want to tune in at 5pm ET/ 4pm CT/ 2pm PT on October 7 to watch the Nintendo World Championships 2017 live. More details have emerged, including the host, announcer, competitors, and one of the games that will be played: Metroid: Samus Returns.
Nintendo has invited some special guests to join in on the fun. From a WWE superstar to YouTube personalities, we’re sure they’ll bring the entertainment.
There will be eight competitors from the 12 and under category. They one their qualifiers and could take the top prize. But, the competition will be stiff with the 13 and older crowd. Returning 2015 champion John Numbers is back to try and claim another victory!
If you happen to live in New York City or will be there on that day, you can be attend in person! A limited number of general admission entry wristbands will be handed out on the day of the event. They will be distributed at the Manhattan Center entrance on W 34th Street. The line starts at 9am ET on October 7 to get a wristband – quantities are very limited and first-come, first-served basis. One wristband per person. Doors to watch the event live will then open at 3:30pm ET.
During a video unveiled today, Nintendo announced some exciting new details about the upcoming Nintendo World Championships 2017. Thousands of competitors across the country competed in seven regional qualifiers, with 16 top players across two age brackets qualifying to travel to New York to compete against one another in Nintendo World Championships on Oct. 7. The event is a multi-game tournament that challenges players of all ages to compete in a gauntlet of games representing the past and present of Nintendo games and systems that fans will know and love. Today, Nintendo revealed just one of the many games to be included the tournament: the recently released Metroid: Samus Returns game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
“Nintendo World Championships 2017 is more than just another video game tournament,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “It is a celebration of Nintendo games old and new, and Nintendo fans past and present. Kids, parents and gamers of all ages will be thrilled by the excitement of seeing who will come out on top.”
Included among the qualifying players are a few dedicated competitors who traveled to multiple locations across the country to secure their spot in the tournament, as well as the winner of the Nintendo World Championships 2015, who earned his way back in to defend his title. The 16 qualifying players will be joined by 8 players invited to compete from across the country and around the world, including talented speed-runners, tournament players and online personalities from the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. These invitees include actor and Super Smash Bros. tournament player Asa Butterfield and WWE Superstar Bayley.
When the big event kicks off in New York on Oct. 7, it will be hosted by Nintendo fan and online personality Andrea Rene, with play-by-play and analysis by gamer, sports broadcaster and Nintendo fan Jordan Kent.
The Nintendo World Championships 2017 event will be livestreamed at https://nwc.nintendo.com starting at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on Oct. 7. Fans who are already in New York will have the opportunity to witness all the action in person. A limited number of free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis outside Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom the day of the event (minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).
For more information about Nintendo World Championships 2017, including the full list of players, visit https://nwc.nintendo.com.
Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He’s currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.