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Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition Is A Speedrunning Retro Collection Based On The Iconic Event

That gold cartridge!

After its existence was outed early by an ESRB rating, Nintendo has officially unveiled Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition, a brand-new games that calls back to the iconic event – in particular the 1990 iteration – with retro speedrunning challenges based on classic NES titles.

The game, which launches digitally and physically on July 18th for Switch, features over 150 bite-sized moments from across 13 original NES games for players to test their skills and compete on the global leaderboards in weekly rotating challenges. Challenges will range from things like finishing the first level of Super Mario Bros. as quickly as possible to seeing how fast you can eat your first enemy in Kirby’s Adventure.

There will also be a Party Mode for up to 8 players on a single system where players can take each other on in individual challenges or specially-crafted themed packs. You can see more in the announcement trailer, which features a set of very special guests, below:

The 13 games that will be included across all of the challenges in Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition are:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Donkey Kong
  • Excitebike
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Metroid
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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Best of all, while this is primarily a lower-priced, digital release, Nintendo has also revealed a very slick Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition – Deluxe Set, which contains a physical copy of the game along with a replica of the iconic Gold NES cartridge in commemoration of the 1990 Nintendo World Championships, 13 art cards based on the games and their covers, and a set of 5 pins.

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The game will retail for $49.95 AUD digitally and physically and the Deluxe Set will be exclusive to EB Games. We’ll update with pricing info when it becomes available.

You can pre-order the game digitally here.