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.
Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Thomas 'Ito' Gonda Wins the Nintendo World Championships 2017
Man, that was freaking awesome. Me and my whole family watched the whole thing. My daughters screamed out loud every time a game was announced that they knew/had played. They darn near lost it when Odyssey was announced at the end (to the cries of, 'wait, is it out now?! can I play it!?!?!') I was super impressed how even the game of splatoon 2 was!
I tried in vain to explain how this was an epic throwback to my childhood when a movie was made chronicling the 1990 championship where SMB3 was unveiled to the players for the first time.
Man, birds and beans.. Nintendo went DEEP this time around..
Also, I could have slaughtered everyone in tetris, it was laughable how bad everyone was in that game. If you're not playing level 9 high 5 as a WARMUP, don't even bother talking to the 12 year old incarnation of myself.