Nintendo World Championships NES Edition: more details, screenshots, and footage

Yesterday, Nintendo revealed Nintendo World Championships NES Edition, a spiritual successor to the NES Remix series. It will launch on July 18th worldwide, and will be available in physical and digital format (though the former is a My Nintendo Store exclusive outside Japan).

All copies of the game (physical and digital) come with a 7-day Nintendo Switch Online subscription voucher (personal). It’s either found inside the box (physical version) or it’s sent to you via email (the digital version).

And today, the company shared some additional details about the game, which pits you not against other players, but against time itself. It features over 150 challenges from 13 NES games. The goal is for you to complete each challenge as quickly as possible, providing a fresh experience even for NES veterans.

Naturally, only select scenes from the NES games are available: you cannot play the full games. Also, with some exceptions, it’s the NES versions of the games that’s used (as opposed to the Famicom / Famicom Disk System versions).

One of the challenges is called Super Mushroom Race. It takes place in World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros., and your goal is to get that first Super Mushroom as quickly as you can.

Next, some details about the various game modes.

Time Attack Mode

In this Single Player mode, you get to tackle over 150 challenges. Those can be really short challenges (taking just a few seconds to complete) to long, challenging ones. Naturally, you can play each challenge as many times as you get in order to improve your time.

Here’s some examples of callenges you can find in the game:

  • The Legend of Zelda: defeat the Aquamentus
  • Metroid: pick up the power-up
  • Donkey Kong: clear the first stage
  • Kid Icarus: 4 monsters rapid fire race
  • Super Mario Bros. 2: defeat Birdo
  • Excitebike: get your first turbo
  • Ice Climber: reached the 5th floor
  • Ballon Fight: pop 3 balloons
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: Frog Suit race
  • Zelda II: Adventure of Link: defeat Barba
  • Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels: World 1-1 Luigi Challenge
  • Kirby’s Adventure: suck in your first enemy

By the way, if you make a mistake during a challenge, you can use the Rewind feature to go back (similar to the one available in the Nintendo Switch Online apps). But be warned: you will still lose time if you do use it.

World Championships Mode

In this mode (which requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription), you can take part in 5 weekly challenges and compete against other players from all around the world. Your goal: get the best score and top the rankings!

However, you do not compete against the other players directly: you actually play on your own, and upload your score for each challenge when you’ve completed one. You can take part in whichever challenge you want (from among the weekly selection), and there’s no restrictions to the number of times you can try a given challenge.

Once the challenge is over, the players’ records are then compiled, and you get to see your rank in the World Ranking and Birth Year Ranking (the latter can be disabled if you don’t feel like sharing your personal data).

Also, you can check out replays of the world’s best players, and use them as reference to improve your skills.

Party Mode

This mode allows up to 8 players to take part in offline NES tournaments: you only need one Nintendo Switch console and the right number of controllers.

This mode offers sets of themed challenges: you play through selections of challenges in succession, and try to get more points than the other players. Alternatively, you can choose to only play individual challenges if you prefer.

Finally, if you want to see more of the game in action, make sure to check out the final episode of Nintendo’s Famicom 40th Anniversary talk show. It features a segment about the game, and gives us a long look at it.

NB: the footage starts at 6:15, and runs until 22:45.

Want to see more footage? Check out this post:

Nintendo World Championships NES Edition (Switch) comes out on July 18th worldwide.

Source: Nintendo


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