Nintendo’s E3 2015 lineup will feature Nintendo World Championships

Nintendo fans — even those not enamored by the recent Splatoon demo release — have something to be excited about in the near future. The company is bringing back the Nintendo World Championships for a special pre-E3 live stream on Sunday, June 14.

The videogame competition hasn’t taken place since 1990, when I can only imagine cyber athletes were battling over Punch-Out!! and Super Mario Bros. 3, but Nintendo is bringing it back for a new generation. Not many details have been released yet, but we do know that NWC 2015 promises to be a “gaming showdown for the ages” per the official release. More will be revealed soon as we approach qualifying competition on May 30.

As fun as the return of NWC sounds, it’s just a precursor for Nintendo’s Digital Event at noon on June 16. Last year we got to see company president Satoru Iwata and Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aime fight each other in Super Smash Bros., so the 2015 Digital Event should be a hoot, even if we’re bound to be disappointed by the lack of Zelda details.

Following the Digital Event, Nintendo will be streaming live game action and behind-the-scenes fun straight from the E3 show floor. The “Treehouse” coverage should give fans a more in-depth taste of the games teased in the Digital Event, and it will continue through June 18.

Finally, fans not on hand for E3 in Los Angeles can try out the upcoming title Mario Maker at a special Best Buy event across the country on June 17 and June 20.

For Wii U and 3DS players all over the world, Nintendo’s E3 presentation is something to look forward to every year, and the re-introduction of the NWC adds just a little more juice to the 2015 lineup.