EarthBound Beginnings, BlastBall and more outed at the Nintendo World Championships 2015


EarthBound Beginnings is out now in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. It’s a Virtual Console re-release of the previously Japan-only NES RPG, Mother, marking the first time it’s been made legitimately available in the English language. Producer Shigesato Itoi left a video message for fans, which you can check out below:

This announcement followed a hands-on session with Yoshi’s Woolly World, which is shaping up to be a crafty little platformer. Watching the Nintendo Treehouse guys play a level together reminded us of New Super Mario Bros. Wii’s co-op hi-jinx, and certainly looks to be as much fun with a friend. Roll on 26th June!


Later in the Nintendo World Championships, which saw sixteen gamers compete in the likes of SplatoonSuper Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8, Nintendo unveiled a brand-new first-person shooter for Nintendo 3DS – but it’s not what you’re expecting. BlastBall is a 3-versus-3 competitive game of football, whereby – at least in this tournament – the objective is to be the first team to score three goals. In true Nintendo fashion, there’s power-ups which give players an advantage, while the opponents’ goalposts shrink each time you score.

The tournament boiled down to a head-to-head race through four levels in Super Mario Maker – each one cruelly and intricately designed by members of the Nintendo Treehouse. In the end, John Numbers took the edge over Cosmo, winning the coveted golden Mario statue (which is sadly not an amiibo), with both finalists taking home a New Nintendo 3DS XL, signed by Shigeru Miyamoto himself.

NWC champion takes the prize from Shigeru Miyamoto

Of course, the tournament would’ve been nothing without Reggie making an appearance to engage in fighting talk with a fan. At last year’s Super Smash Bros. Invitational, Nintendo of America COO promised to come back this year to take on Smash player Hungrybox, with the intention of getting more practice “on-the-go with Smash 3DS”. Of course, Hungrybox nailed Reggie, with Nintendo boss retorting with “I run a company for sixteen hours a day; you play Smash for sixteen hours”. You can watch them battle it out below:


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