What happened at the first Nintendo World Championships in 25 years

For the first time in 25 years, Nintendo game pros competed in a World Championship tournament—and the competition was heavy. (If you’ve seen the 1989 Fred Savage movie, The Wizard, we don’t need to explain. It gets real.)

Sixteen people played against each other on June 14 before E3 2015, an annual expo for the video gaming industry, tackling games from Splatoon to the original Legend of Zelda to Super Smash Bros for Wii U. There were even custom levels created for the contestants in order to make sure no one had any kind of special advantage.

While the first round consisted of teams of four playing best out of three, the field was quickly narrowed by the time the final two competitors advanced to play simultaneously against one another on Super Mario Maker.

The two finalists, John Numbers and Cosmo Wright, received autographed Nintendo 3DS XL, presented by Nintendo’s own Shigeru Miyamoto – who was responsible for helping to create some of the most famous franchises in Nintendo history (such as Zelda and Mario). You can watch their final showdown here:

The winner, however, was John Numbers – and he got to take home a pretty awesome trophy of a gold Mario on top of the NWC 2015 logo.

Now that’s the kind of award to display on your mantle – right next to all your consoles.

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