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, IN 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.