Nintendo PowerFest '94
Nintendo PowerFest '94 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 Pak. The three Super Nintendo Entertainment System games (Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Kart, and Ken Griffey, Jr. Presents Major League Baseball) were played within a time limit of six minutes.
The tasks on the games are as follows:
- Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels: Players must complete the first level as quickly as possible.
- Super Mario Kart: Players must finish the first track of five laps.
- Ken Griffey, Jr. Presents Major League Baseball: Players must play a home run derby and hit as many home runs as possible.
After the time expires, the final score is calculated like this:
Score from Super Mario Bros.: The 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 and 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. Mike Iarossi had the highest score and was crowned the 1994 Nintendo World Champion.
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 second place winner at each event got a Star Fox Jacket, which had been left over from the Star Fox Competition the year before.
Out of the 33 cartridges, only two exist today. The rest were returned 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, J. J. Hendricks, purchased it for $12,000.
- Darren Murph. "World's "only" PowerFest '94 SNES cartridge up for auction". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
- "World’s Most Expensive Video Games". Retrieved January 30, 2015.
- "How I Got Nintendo Powerfest 94". Retrieved January 30, 2015.
- Nintendo PowerFest '94 info including maps of the games used in the competition
- List of all 132 PowerFest '94 competitors scores in San Diego, CA
- RetroUSB's reproduction cartridge version of Nintendo PowerFest '94
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