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Video: Nintendo Experts Take On Insane Super Mario Maker Levels At World Championship

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Los Angeles recently hosted the first World Nintendo Championship in 25 years, and it culminated in an intense, nail-biting race through challenging new levels of the upcoming Super Mario Maker.Sixteen expert gamers battled for right to call themselves the first World Nintendo Champ in a quarter century this past weekend. The competition preceded E3, and began with rounds of Splatoon and The Legend of Zelda, before ending with Super Mario Maker, the LazyGamer reports.

Super Mario Maker, an upcoming game that lets you make your own levels, held some pretty insane challenges for players to maneuver. Precarious flames, too many trampolines, endless adversaries and brushes with buzzsaws came at the two finalists—John Number and Cosmo—from every direction. Ultimately, Numbers took the championship and received a golden Mario trophy. Both players won a 3DS XL system autographed by Shigeru Miyamoto, the designer behind Mario, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda, among other games.

You can watch all five hours of the competition here, but we think the final, Super Mario Maker round is the most fun! John Numbers and Cosmo were each blindfolded while the other played the game so that neither would know what was coming. Check out the highlights:

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The competition first occurred back in 1990. Players competed in qualifying rounds in 29 U.S. cities before the best went head to head at the world finals at Universal Studios Hollywood. One of the grand prizes was a 1990 Geo Metro Convertible! The custom cartridges used in the 1990 games are considered rare and valuable, and have retailed in the neighborhood of $15,000.

Super Mario Maker comes out on September 11, according to TechCrunch. Here’s the trailer.