Nintendo PowerFest '94
Nintendo PowerFest '94 (also called Nintendo World Championships II) was a 1994 Nintendo-promoted video game competition. Most of the town competitions were held in customized trailers outside of department stores. It was based on scoring points in a special game pack. The three Super Nintendo Entertainment System games (Super Mario Lost Levels, Super Mario Kart, Ken Griffey Jr. baseball) were played within a time limit of six minutes.
The tasks on the games were as follows:
- Super Mario Lost Levels: Players had to complete the first level as quickly as possible.
- Super Mario Kart: Players had to finish the first track of five laps.
- Ken Griffey, Jr. Presents Major League Baseball: Players had to play a home run derby and hit as many home runs as possible.
After the time expired, your final score was calculated like this:
Score from Super Mario Lost Levels
+ ((Coins collected in Super Mario Kart x 1,000) + Finishing position score)
+ ((Total distance in Major League Baseball x 100) + (Number of home runs x 10,000 in the regional events or 1,000,000 in the Finals))
= Grand Total
Local competitions took place over three days with the finals happening late Sunday afternoon. Eight finalists were chosen from the top eight scores achieved during the weekend.
Top Eight First round occurred in two parts because four people could play at a time. The players who had the top four scores played first followed by lower four scorers.
Top Four & Top Two The top four scores from the Top Eight round played and from that the Top Two played head-to-head for the Town Title. The winner was crowned Town Champion.
The Nintendo World Championships II held their finals in San Diego, California. Town Champions were grouped into four teams:
The Tornados scored the highest at the World Championships in San Diego, California.
The final two players were Mike Iarossi and Brandon Veach on the Tornados team and played head to head on a specialized cartridge of Donkey Kong Country. Iarossi Mike had the highest score and was crowned the 1994 Nintendo World Champion.
See also: Video game collecting
Nintendo produced around 33 cartridges for the PowerFest '94. These were used in stores across the country in 1994 for around 130 different events. The winners of each event won a trip to San Diego, CA to play in the World Championships. The 2nd place winner at each event got a Star Fox Jacket (Left over from the Star Fox Competition the year before).
Out of the 33 cartridges only two are left in existence today. The rest were given back to Nintendo where they were reused for parts. The remaining cartridge was supposedly put up for auction on myebid with a buy it now price of $300,000; there were no bidders.
A second cartridge was uncovered and a collector by the name of J.J. Hendricks purchased it for $12,000.