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Nintendo just revealed a NES speedrunning collection inspired by an ultra-rare 1990 cartridge

<p>Speedrunning video games <a data-i13n="cpos:1;pos:1" href="">is a time-honored tradition[/url], and this is especially true when it comes to retro titles. Nintendo is getting in on the trend with a <a data-i13n="cpos:2;pos:1" href="">fairly bizarre forthcoming Switch game[/url] called Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition, which drops on July 18. It’s all about speedrunning through the classics, like Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Super Mario Bros., among others.</p>
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<p>This comes in the form of 150 speedrunning challenges pulled from 13 NES games, which seems mightily familiar to those cool <a data-i13n="cpos:3;pos:1" href="">NES Remix releases from the Wii U era[/url]. There will be global online leaderboards, to give it a tournament feel, and local 8 player co-op. The game will also include an automatic rewind feature, letting people try and try until they get it right.</p>
<span id="end-legacy-contents"></span><p>If the name Nintendo World Championships sounds familiar, that’s because it's taken from the company’s <a data-i13n="cpos:4;pos:1" href="">semi-regular esports tournament[/url]. This has been the company’s branding for <a data-i13n="cpos:5;pos:1" href="">in-person competitions since 1990[/url], when Nintendo visited 29 cities throughout the country. That first national tournament also <a data-i13n="cpos:6;pos:1" href="">spawned an ultra-rare NES cartridge[/url] with minigames based on Super Mario Bros., Tetris and Rad Racer. Only a few hundred were made and they <a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:eBay;elmt:;cpos:7;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=eBay&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5lYmF5LmNvbS9pdG0vMTU1NTgwNzQwNTYwIiwiY29udGVudFV1aWQiOiI4MzE0ZjNiZC0zYzNkLTRiNTMtOTM3YS1jNDFiOTQzYTljZmYifQ&amp;signature=AQAAAftB_sk4tFmgfsCd1a-Qxdf3lZm3uBRkfGJ0fKe9y46S&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">currently sell on eBay[/url] for, no joke, $175,000. The last time we covered this cartridge, it was selling for $5,000 to $10,000. Retro-flation is real, ya’ll.</p>
<p>Pre-orders for the digital version are available right now on the eShop, but there is a physical edition coming. This version will include 13 art cards, five pins and a physical game cart. It’ll also include a gold commemorative NES cartridge, though it's sadly nonfunctional. Come on Nintendo! Make that thing functional so I can sell it for $175,000 in 30 years. The digital version of Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition costs $30 and the deluxe physical pack costs $60.</p>This article originally appeared on Engadget at

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