The Nintendo World Championships 2017 event was held over the weekend in New York.

This year’s winner was Thomas Gonda of Oakland, California. The 21-year-old player topped the group of 24, across fifteen games spanning the NES to the Switch. Games included the likes of Donkey Kong Country Returns, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Metroid: Samus Returns, with the final championship game being none other than the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey.

We congratulate Thomas Gonda on his victory tonight. Nintendo World Championships 2017 showcases the best competitive spirit and sportsmanship of the Nintendo fan community,

Congratulations, Thomas!

If you missed the event, you can view it in its entirety on Nintendo’s website. You can also check out the press release below for the full story.

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Source: Press release (below)

The Nintendo World Championships 2017 Winner Has Been Crowned!

Thomas Gonda Triumphs Over 23 Other Competitors Through Multiple Nintendo Games Past and Present

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A champion has been crowned! After battling it out through multiple rounds, Thomas Gonda, 21, of Oakland, California, has earned the title of Nintendo World Championships 2017 winner. Gonda, a self-proclaimed lifelong runner-up, came out on top this time and received a beautiful trophy commemorating his incredible achievement.

Nintendo of America Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Doug Bowser awards winner Thomas Gond ...
Nintendo of America Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Doug Bowser awards winner Thomas Gonda with the trophy of the Nintendo World Championships 2017 at the Manhattan Center in New York, NY. (Photo: Business Wire)

Hosted by gaming personality Andrea Rene, the Nintendo World Championships 2017 followed 24 competitors through a challenging gauntlet showcasing a wide array of Nintendo games. The competitors not only had to master games on recent systems like Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS, but also on games spanning many systems throughout Nintendo history, including NES, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS.

Sixteen of the competitors were the winners of their respective local qualifying rounds at Best Buy retail locations (eight from the 13-and-over group and eight who are 12 and under), while the other eight, including English actor Asa Butterfield, WWE Superstar Bayley and notable gamers from Germany, Mexico and Canada, were invited guests. Starting with a unique three-game opening stage including a shield-surfing challenge in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, over a series of rounds the 24 were whittled down to two finalists: Gonda and Nintendo World Championships 2015 winner John Numbers. At this point, the two final competitors participated in a three-part finale in Super Mario Odyssey. After a nail-biting and cap-throwing final round, Gonda emerged victorious.

“We congratulate Thomas Gonda on his victory tonight. Nintendo World Championships 2017 showcases the best competitive spirit and sportsmanship of the Nintendo fan community,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Whether players compete on a global stage or with friends and family members in the living room or on the go, Nintendo games always deliver fun times and big smiles.”

The Nintendo games played in the tournament included the following:

Stage   Game      

     Original System     

Stage 1, Game 1   The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild       Nintendo Switch  
Stage 1, Game 2   Super Smash Bros. for Wii U       Wii U  
Stage 1, Game 3   Metroid: Samus Returns       Nintendo 3DS  
Underground Stage 1*   Balloon Fight       NES  
Stage 2   Super Smash Bros. for Wii U       Wii U  
Underground Stage 2   Bird & Beans       Nintendo DS  
Stage 3   Mario Kart 8 Deluxe       Nintendo Switch  
Underground Stage 3   Donkey Kong Country Returns       Wii  
Stage 4   Splatoon 2       Nintendo Switch  
Underground Stage 4   Tetris       Game Boy  
Stage 5   ARMS       Nintendo Switch  
Underground Stage 5   Mario Party 2       Nintendo 64  
Finals, Game 1   Super Mario Maker       Wii U  
Finals, Game 2   Super Mario Bros. Deluxe       Game Boy Color  
Finals, Championship Game   Super Mario Odyssey       Nintendo Switch  
* The Underground Stages were competitions between the contestants that failed to advance in the normal Stages. The winner of the Underground stages rejoined the main tournament in the Finals.

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