NINTENDO CROWNS CHAMPIONS AT WII GAMES: SUMMER 2010 COMPETITION
Labor Day Weekend Draws People of All Ages to Los Angeles for Final Round of First-Ever Nationwide Wii Tournament
Summer wasn’t the only thing drawing to a close over Labor Day weekend as Nintendo hosted the final championship of its Wii Games: Summer 2010 nationwide competition. Approximately 200 finalists from around the country – joined by family, friends and spectators of all ages – gathered in Redondo Beach, Calif., to get up and get playing with motion-controlled video games for the Wii™ system. Tournament play included games such as Wii Sports Resort™, Wii Fit™ Plus, New Super Mario Bros. ™ Wii and Mario Kart™ Wii.
To mark the start of the National Championship event on Sept. 3, Olympic gold medalist and Wii Games: Summer 2010 Ambassador Shawn Johnson led finalists in a special warm-up session with the Hula Hoop® activity from Wii Fit Plus.
During a special award ceremony on Sept. 5, winning teams received prizes, including customized trophies fashioned after the iconic Wii Remote™ controller, Nintendo entertainment packages and a family cruise for the first-place team. First-place winners by category were as follows: Michael C. (Dad, 41), Amy C. (Mom, 40), Amanda C. (Daughter, 13) and Sean C. (Son, 6) of St. Louis, MO (Family); TJ H. (25) of St. John, Ind. and Chris M. (26) of Highland, Ind. (Adult); Bill M. (Husband, 66) and Bonnie M. (Wife, 58) of Westlake Village, Calif. (Super Adult); Frank N. (16) of Wheeling, Ill. and Zach H. (16) of Belvidere, Ill. (Teen); Doug H. (Dad, 43) and Connor H. (Son, 12) of St. Louis, MO (Adult and Child); and Mike K. (25) and Sam K. (16), Brothers, of Winnetka, Ill. (Adult and Teen).
Wii Games: Summer 2010 marked Nintendo’s first-ever nationwide Wii tournament, created as a celebration of the active, inclusive spirit of Wii. In total, this year’s Wii Games: Summer 2010 events brought together nearly 9,000 competitors in 24 markets across the country. More information about Wii Games: Summer 2010 can be found at http://www.wiigames2010.com.