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John Numbers wins Nintendo World Championships 2015

Matt Leone has written about games for three decades, focusing on behind-the-scenes coverage of the industry, including books on Final Fantasy 7 and Street Fighter 2.

Starting as one of 16 players, running through games ranging from Mario Kart 8 to Splatoon, John Numbers has just emerged as the winner of the first Nintendo World Championships tournament in 25 years.

Culminating in custom levels designed in the upcoming Super Mario Maker, the tournament spanned various games — some of which were surprises to the contestants, with Nintendo aiming to keep them on their toes.

The final contestants included Numbers and Cosmo Wright, who Polygon profiled last year.

Nintendo put on this year’s tournament following last year’s Super Smash Bros. Invitational, which also happened the week of E3. Check out our videos below for more from the event.

Following the tournament, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on stage to congratulate Numbers and Wright, giving them autographed 3DS XL systems. You can see the final round played out here.

One of the highlights came much earlier in the tournament, however, when Reggie Fils-Aime was called out for not being better at Super Smash Bros. for WiiU.