I attended this. Well, not this one, but the local one. I did terribly.
No joke I was JUST going through old stuff at my parents house and found a 1990 Nintendo World Championship hat I must have got when I attended.
That was the day I learned of the saying "no matter how good you are at something, there's always someone better". I remember thinking I was hot shit getting into the quarter finals with some score in the low five digits.
I think the championship final scores were close to 2 million.
I was there at Universal Studios when they had the contest. However, the event was already over.
All that remained were some kiosks with Nintendo controllers dangling from each booth. And it was a rainy day.
I remember thinking I would annihilate the competition at this thing because I was really good at Super Mario Bros.
Too bad I was awful at Rad Racer and only average at Tetris.
But I was all, "ha ha, I don't need to be good at Rad Racer because my score at Mario will be SOOOOOOOOOOOO high it'll make up for it!"
Turns out the final scoring formula multiplies your Rad Racer score by ten and your final Tetris score by 25. Your Mario score does not get multiplied.
Pretty sure that's racist.
Billy the Poet
I had two friends who did this in DC. I remember thinking that it was profoundly unfair that each person didn't get the same Tetris pieces.
Yeah that was my expectations going in too, hence the whole "there's always someone better" life lesson that smacked me in the face. Really the whole thing should have just been called the Tetris world championships.
The choice of those 3 games was kind of shitty. Mario 3 had already been released by that point, who the heck still gave a crap about the first game? Rad Racer, because everyone got a NES for racing games (let alone the first and shittiest one). And finally Tetris that, while a classic puzzle game, wasn't really the first choice of kids expecting a contest about shooting ninjas or aliens.
For real though not getting the same pieces was whack.
Where on Ebay is the origina Grand Prizel Mario trophy and how much does it cost
The game cartridges they used are worth what, ten thousand, twenty thousand dollars now?
The cartridges actually used at the events are only worth a couple hundred. It's the gold colored ones they printed up as prizes for a national contest that are worth ,000. Only a couple are still around.
Looking at the 18 and over competitors I'm starting to feel like that very special episode of Mr. Belvedere might not have been as far off base as I thought.
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