Taking the ‘World’ Out of the Nintendo World Championships

It’s a small world, after all — with no room for Canada, apparently.

A couple of weeks ago, Nintendo proudly announced their plans for the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo, and headlining the announcement — in both Canada and the United States alike — was the return of the Nintendo World Championships after 25 years.

At the time, details were very sparse about the competition, particularly with regards to where the competitions would be held. About a week or so later, Nintendo revealed the information on their E3 website, noting that there would be eight cities where hopefuls could participate on May 30 for a chance to head to the finals at E3.

I hope you didn’t get your hopes up about entering. All eight cities are in the United States, with two of them being in California, so unless you’re taking a trip this weekend, you’re officially out of the running. (Note: I reached out to Nintendo of Canada previously to see if maybe there was to be Canadian participation, but with no reply by this point, it’s pretty doubtful.)

It’s a small world, after all, and one with no room for Canada, apparently.

This honestly stinks. More than that, this kind of hurts. Participating in the Nintendo World Championships has no doubt been a dream for many a Nintendo fan, one long out of reach by the passage of time and — let’s face it, even when they were happening, most of our parents were probably not going to make the trip necessary to reach one of the locations in which the qualifying rounds were being held. Of course, last time was arguably significantly easier, too — before, there were 30 locations, so that at least made things a little bit more feasible.

Honestly, I get it, at least to a degree — yes, a true “world” championship is probably not happening any time soon, especially on such short notice. But having the event headline your Canadian press release with no further information or indication that the entire Great White North is effectively persona non grata? That’s just needlessly getting everyone’s hopes up, and it stings. Of course, it also stinks for many a fan in the United States — really, if anything, they might have been able to salvage it with the initial announcement by saying “eight cities will be chosen; will yours be one?” or something that kind of lays it out on the line and allows expectations to be tempered while keeping the specific locations under wraps and maintaining hope.

So now, instead of looking forward to the event, there are probably more disappointed and upset fans than happy ones, and rightfully so.

In truth, the way things have been handled — from the abrupt announcement just over a month before the big show to holding the qualifying rounds on a single day of a single weekend in a paltry number of cities — just makes the whole thing appear rather rushed and slapdash. After 25 years, the fans deserve better and the event deserves better.

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For those who might be wondering, I don’t think Nintendo of America has some sort of vendetta against Canada (I’m sure there are some out there convinced otherwise after this). I can’t imagine a company that would put together the Super Smash Club just for us, or have their President and Chief Operating Officer announce it in the way that they did would do so.

Instead, it just feels like they came up with the idea far too late to make it all that it could be, and all that it should be. I plan to watch as the event unfolds, and I hope they still manage to do something special for it, but more than that? I hope that they decide to do it again, and this time give the world the Nintendo championships everyone truly deserves.

And maybe then they’ll let the entire world of Nintendo fans in on it.

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