This is a little bit of an odd choice for Nintendo, but we're going to just have to roll with it, I guess. This year's Nintendo World Championships are set to kick off on October 7th, leaving us with just about two weeks left before the event. Which means we finally got more information on the tournament's roster of 16 qualifying players. Among the qualifiers are actor and Super Smash Bros tournament player Asa Butterfield and WWE Superstar Bayley. Butterfield is known for his roles in Hugo and Ender's Game while you'll know Bayley from WWE's Raw brand. She's also appeared in 2K's WWE 2K17 and is slated to appear in WWE2K18 when it releases.
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. And with Smash player Butterfield as one of the stars of the tournament booking, I'm sure we'll be seeing some edition of Super Smash Bros at the tourney. Not that any of us were expecting otherwise, of course.
Alongside Butterfield and Bayley, we'll also be seeing the return of the 2015 winner of the Nintendo World Championships, who earned his way back in to defend his title. The rest of the qualifiers are made up of "talented speed-runners, tournament players, and online personalities from the United States, Europe, Canada, and Mexico."
"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."
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 here 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).