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The Nintendo World Championships 2017 Winner Has Been Crowned!


Thomas Gonda Triumphs Over 23 Other Competitors Through Multiple
Nintendo Games Past and Present

A champion has been crowned! After battling it out through multiple
rounds, Thomas Gonda, 21, of Oakland, California, has earned the title
of Nintendo World Championships 2017 winner. Gonda, a self-proclaimed
lifelong runner-up, came out on top this time and received a beautiful
trophy commemorating his incredible achievement.

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Nintendo of America Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Doug Bowser awards winner Thomas Gond ...

Nintendo of America Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Doug Bowser awards winner Thomas Gonda with the trophy of the Nintendo World Championships 2017 at the Manhattan Center in New York, NY. (Photo: Business Wire)

Hosted by gaming personality Andrea Rene, the Nintendo
World Championships 2017
followed 24 competitors through a
challenging gauntlet showcasing a wide array of Nintendo games. The
competitors not only had to master games on recent systems like Nintendo
and Nintendo
, but also on games spanning many systems throughout Nintendo
history, including NES, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS.

Sixteen of the competitors were the winners of their respective local
qualifying rounds at Best Buy retail locations (eight from the
13-and-over group and eight who are 12 and under), while the other
eight, including English actor Asa Butterfield, WWE Superstar Bayley and
notable gamers from Germany, Mexico and Canada, were invited guests.
Starting with a unique three-game opening stage including a
shield-surfing challenge in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,
over a series of rounds the 24 were whittled down to two finalists:
Gonda and Nintendo World Championships 2015 winner John Numbers. At this
point, the two final competitors participated in a three-part finale in Super
Mario Odyssey
. After a nail-biting and cap-throwing final round,
Gonda emerged victorious.

"We congratulate Thomas Gonda on his victory tonight. Nintendo World
Championships 2017 showcases the best competitive spirit and
sportsmanship of the Nintendo fan community," said Doug Bowser, Nintendo
of America's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Whether
players compete on a global stage or with friends and family members in
the living room or on the go, Nintendo games always deliver fun times
and big smiles."

The Nintendo games played in the tournament included the following:

Stage   Game      

     Original System     

Stage 1, Game 1   The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild       Nintendo Switch
Stage 1, Game 2   Super Smash Bros. for Wii U       Wii U
Stage 1, Game 3   Metroid: Samus Returns       Nintendo 3DS
Underground Stage 1*   Balloon Fight       NES
Stage 2   Super Smash Bros. for Wii U       Wii U
Underground Stage 2   Bird & Beans       Nintendo DS
Stage 3   Mario Kart 8 Deluxe       Nintendo Switch
Underground Stage 3   Donkey Kong Country Returns       Wii
Stage 4   Splatoon 2       Nintendo Switch
Underground Stage 4   Tetris       Game Boy
Stage 5   ARMS       Nintendo Switch
Underground Stage 5   Mario Party 2       Nintendo 64
Finals, Game 1   Super Mario Maker       Wii U
Finals, Game 2   Super Mario Bros. Deluxe       Game Boy Color
Finals, Championship Game   Super Mario Odyssey       Nintendo Switch
* The Underground Stages were competitions between the contestants
that failed to advance in the normal Stages. The winner of the
Underground stages rejoined the main tournament in the Finals.

To view the tournament in its entirety, visit
For more information about Nintendo World Championships 2017, visit

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch
system and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems.
Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System,
Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 703
million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the
Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS family of systems, Super NES,
Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii
and Wii U systems. It has also created industry icons that
have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong,
Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of
America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for
Nintendo's operations in the Americas. For more information about
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