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Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition – First Impressions of the Remixed Classics

The 1989 film, The Wizard, had a profound effect on me as a child. In this movie, young Fred Savage’s character goes to the Nintendo World Championships in, I don’t even remember what city, but it was somewhere far away, in order to put his video game skills to the test . Anyway, once you get there, the big twist to the event is that he’s taking part in Super Mario Bros. 3, then unpublished. And my God, my God, I did this product placement job perfectly – I had have Super Mario Bros. 3 as soon as it came out, and God bless my mother, she bought it for me. She took it out of this white plastic K-Mart grocery bag and just handed it to me – it wasn’t even my birthday or anything! – is an essential memory for me.

That’s what I think of when I think of the Nintendo World Championships, but for others, the actual competition was much more than that: actual competition. Now, Nintendo is putting a creative twist on the nostalgia of its own story in a way that only they seem truly good at: by turning into a local and online multiplayer game for the Nintendo Switch that plays in increments ranging from less than two seconds. (this is not a joke) about a minute at most.

Nintendo World Championships: The NES edition includes 13 games: Super Mario Bros. 1-3, Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels, Zelda 1 and 2, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Donkey Kong, Balloon Fight, Excitebike, Ice Climber and Kirby’s Adventure. I ended up trying each of them during a 90-minute hands-on session in both single-player and local Party modes. I certainly knew what I was getting into – a collection of classic NES games from my childhood turned into competitive challenges – but I didn’t expect the format to be this big. amusing.

Of these games, Kirby’s Adventure was the only one I never played as a kid, and of course, it was the Kirby challenges that tripped me up the most. But aside from that, I had a blast trying to get S Rank on the myriad of challenges offered for each game. They naturally get harder and harder as you progress, and you must unlock the most difficult ones with the coins you earn by getting good rankings on the challenges you have access to.

As an example, The Legend of Zelda’s first challenge is so simple that it probably seems stupid: you start from the beginning of the game and must enter the cave that is on the very first screen and acquire the sword . And yet, I found myself replaying it multiple times trying to shave tenths of a second off my time and get that pride-inflating S ranking.

The Legend of Zelda’s first challenge is so simple that it probably seems stupid. And yet, I found myself replaying it multiple times trying to shave tenths of a second off my time and get that pride-inflating S ranking.

However, it was in Party mode that we really had fun. IGN’s Rebekah Valentine and I competed in a series of Party Mode challenges against representatives from Nintendo. We went through the world 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. 3. We got the first energy ball in Metroid. We climbed to the top of the first stage in Donkey Kong, took a lap around the track in Excitebike, and much more. Is it the perfect recreation of an in-person competition with hundreds or even thousands of people cheering you on? Certainly not. But it’s a delightfully simple board game that anyone can really pick up and play. Will it help if you already have a nostalgic connection to these games? Without a doubt. But is this experience required? Absolutely not; in 2024, any of these 1980s classics can be picked up and played by anyone quite easily, as there are only two buttons to manage.

Although speaking of buttons, my only real complaint about Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition is with them. You see, when there are four of you competing, all four of you have to press the A button to prepare before an event starts. The problem is, so much games use the B button as a turbo or run button that you naturally want to hold down as soon as the countdown hits zero. But if one of the four of you hasn’t prepared yet and someone else starts pressing the B button in anticipation of the event starting, it takes everyone back to the previous menu. This happened again and again during my 90-minute practice session, and I wasn’t the only one to do this accidentally. This looks like a UI design flaw that there needs to be a solution for.

I have another downside, although this one is much less serious: the slowdown in Kirby’s Adventure (and perhaps in parts of other games that I haven’t seen enough to rule out). The versions of the 13 games included here are the original iterations, but during a few Kirby challenges, slowdown occurred and seemed to disrupt the action – as framerate issues do in any game, modern or classic . I can see the argument for preserving each of the games as is, but for the sake of the competition that is at the heart of Nintendo World Championships gameplay, I would prefer it to be smoothed out. You may not agree, and that’s okay!

Meanwhile, I haven’t played the World Championships mode online because, of course, the game hasn’t been released yet and there’s no one to play with online. But expect weekly leaderboards, with the ability to watch replays of top players – a handy tool for improving your own skills and strategies.

Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition seems reasonably priced at $30 for the digital version, and once again I was surprised at how invested I became in the seemingly simple challenges it offers (at least in the first rounds). I hope this game does the trick, because the name implies that we could get a SNES edition, a Nintendo 64 edition, and dare I say even a GameCube edition if this one is a success.

Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s senior preview editor and host of IGN’s weekly Xbox show, Unblocked Podcastas well as our monthly(-ish) interview show, IGN unfiltered. He’s a North Jersey guy, so it’s “Taylor’s ham”, not “pork roll”. Debate with him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan.



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