The Nintendo World Championships 2017 is in the books and there is a new champion. Thomas Gonda (a.k.a. Ito) has dethroned defending champion John Goldberg (a.k.a. John Numbers) to become the third champion in the competition's history, beating out a crowded field that included players of all ages.
The final game of the competition was Super Mario Odyssey, in which both players ran through three never-before-seen levels of Mario's latest adventure. The three stages showed off some of the game's new mechanics, oddball puzzle mechanics, and culminated with a boss fight that required skilled use of Cappy to make the boss punch himself in the face.
Ito is a NorCal native, but is attending school in San Diego. He would qualify for the NWC out of the Los Angeles region. He's well-known to the Smash Bros. community, having been a top-level Super Smash Bros. for Wii U talent in NorCal. He still finds time to compete whenever possible, including at Genesis 4, where he finished in 25th place.
John Numbers took advantage of his experience to propel himself to the championship round out of the winner's side, easily winning the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Arms, and Super Mario Maker rounds. But Numbers fell behind in the final Super Mario Odyssey stage and wasn't quite able to figure out the boss pattern before Ito clinched the victory.
Those looking to check out a replay of Saturday's action can check out the video below.