FAQ

What is Wii Games: Summer 2010?
It’s a nationwide competition that invites people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and enjoy the social fun of motion-control games for the Wii system. Nintendo is bringing the fun of Wii out of the living room and on the road, giving players and families across the nation a chance to participate in an organized tournament. Teams of two and four players will compete for the best overall score in a combination of five Wii games.
Where and when are the Wii Games: Summer 2010 competitions being held?
Wii Games: Summer 2010 competitions will include multiple qualifying events around the country this Summer and will culminate in a national championship event in Los Angeles. A large-scale Wii Games: Summer 2010 kick-off event will take place at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park on July 16 and will continue through the weekend. Qualifying events will also be held at select Six Flags theme parks starting July 16, and at shopping centers across the country beginning July 23. The grand championship event will take place in Los Angeles Sept. 3-5. Find an event.
Which Wii games are included in the competition?
The Wii Games: Summer 2010 competition will focus on five activities:

  • Basketball in Wii Sports Resort
  • Bowling in Wii Sports Resort
  • The Hula Hoop® challenge in Wii Fit Plus
  • Clearing a Coin Grab level in New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Kart racing in Mario Kart Wii

Some Wii Games: Summer 2010 events may feature additional game play stations for attendees to sample a wide range of other games and just have fun.

Who will officiate the competition? Will there be judges?
Officials and event staff will be on site. Officials will ensure that rules are followed by competitors to create a fair and fun experience. Staff will be on site to record and track competitor scores. All scores will be recorded and populate dynamically updated leaderboards.
Who can participate?
Come one, come all! A minimum age of 6 has been determined for Wii Games: Summer 2010 tournament play to help ensure fair competition and enjoyable experiences for everyone, but kids of any age are invited to attend with their families and take part in free game demonstrations with the permission of a parent or guardian.
What are the different categories as far as groups and teams?
Competition categories have been determined as follows:

  • Parent and Child (two players) – Team consists of two team members, one of whom must be a child aged 6-12 and the other of whom must be either (a) the actual parent or legal guardian of the child or (b) 25 years of age or older.
  • Parent and Teen (two players) – Team consists of two team members, one of whom must be a teenager aged 13-17 and the other of whom must be either (a) the actual parent or legal guardian of the child or (b) 30 years of age or older.
  • Teen (two players) – Team consists of two team members, both of whom must be teenagers aged 13-17.
  • Adult (two players) – both players must be adults aged 18 or older:
    1. A teenager aged 13-17 may compete in an Adult Team so long as the other team member is 18 years of age or older.
    2. An adult(s) aged 55 or (older) may compete in an Adult Team
  • Super Adult (two players) – team consists of two (2) team members, both of whom must be 55 years or older.
  • Family (four players) – Team consists of four (4) team members, two (2) of whom must be children aged 6-17 and at least one of whom must be either (a) the actual parent or legal guardian of at least one (1) of the children or (b) 35 years of age or older. Family participation is highly encouraged, however teammates do not need to be related.
How do I enter the competition? Are there any restrictions?
US residents at least 6 years of age can be eligible to participate in Wii Games: Summer 2010. Each player under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian sign the player’s registration form at the event location (forms should not be signed before you arrive). Children between the ages of 6 and 12 can only participate as part of an parent-child team or a family team.

  • People in the New York City area can be among the first to participate in Wii Games: Summer 2010 by attending a major kick-off event on July 16 at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. View all event locations.
  • Qualifying events will be held at select Six Flags theme parks beginning July 16 and select shopping malls across the country starting July 23. Find a qualifying event in your area now.
  • Nintendo will also host an online sweepstakes to give additional participants a chance to compete at the grand championship event. Learn more about the sweepstakes.
How do I register a team?
The team captain can register your team online now or register on site at one of the nationwide events. The team captain must be 13 years of age or older.
How can I find an event?
Visit the event locator for the full line-up of nationwide events.
What do I do if my event is no longer accepting online registrations?
Don’t sweat it! Online registrations do close shortly before each event BUT we’ve tried to leave a good number of slots for teams in each category to register onsite at each event. So be sure to come out to join the fun! Note: these slots are first come, first serve.
How do I register for events happening at participating Six Flags locations?
If you want to register for an event at a Six Flags location, you’ll need to do it on site. Head to your nearest Six Flags theme park and register in person! Registration is first come, first served. See participating Six Flags locations.
What happens when I arrive at the event?
If you’ve already registered online, you’re half way there. Event staff will print your badges and show you to your first competition area. Register online now.

To register at the event, simply work with event staff to enter your team details at a kiosk, grab your badges, and start competing.

What happens to my contact information?
Phone numbers, email addresses and any other personally-identifiable information are used solely for sending Wii Games: Summer 2010 event information and contacting winners. For children under the age of 13, first name and age will be the only information required.
What if there isn’t an event nearby?
If you can’t attend one of the events in person (and you are at least 13 years old) enter the sweepstakes for your chance to compete at the national championship event.
How does the sweepstakes work?
If you’re interested in participating and can’t attend a local event, enter the Wii Games: Summer 2010 sweepstakes for your chance to compete at nationals. Six winners will be selected randomly. Each winner will get a trip for four to attend the event. However – each winner is not required to assemble a team of four to compete in the family category. Instead, each winner can select which category they would like to join. Example: Winner and three guests travel to LA, and only two of the travelers compete in the teen category. Enter the sweepstakes.
How do I play each game?
In Wii Sports Resort basketball, a single team player will play three rounds of the 3-point contest activity.

In Wii Sports Resort bowling, a single team player will bowl 10 frames.

In Wii Fit Plus, a single team player will complete the Hula Hoop® activity.

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, all members of a two- or four-player team will play a special cooperative coin battle level together. Each team will attempt to clear the level while at the same time trying to collect as many coins as possible.

In Mario Kart Wii, a single team player will race in the time trials of the Mushroom Gorge race track against the standard ghost.

How does scoring work?
A scoring system has been designed to ensure parity between all five competition games. Every game is single-player except for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, in which all members of the team will play together (regardless of 2-player or 4-player team). Teams will select individual members to compete on a specific game. No two team members will play the same game (again with the exception for New Super Mario Bros. Wii) and each team member must play at least one game.

  • In Wii Sports Resort basketball, a single team player will play three rounds of the 3-point contest activity. Each round’s score will be added together, then multiplied by 25 to create a game score. A participation bonus of 1,000 points is automatically added to create the final official team score for the game.
  • In Wii Sports Resort bowling, a single team player will bowl 10 frames. The competitor’s final bowling score will be multiplied by 10 to create a game score. A participation bonus of 1,000 points is automatically added to create the final official team score for the game.
  • In Wii Fit Plus, a single team player will complete the Hula Hoop activity. The competitor’s total number of rotations multiplied by 10 to create a game score. A participation bonus of 1,000 points is automatically added to create the final official team score for the game.
  • In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, all members of a two- or four-player team will play a special cooperative coin battle level together. Each team will attempt to clear the level while at the same time trying to collect as many coins as possible. The points score at the end of the level will be multiplied by 10 to create a game score. A participation bonus of 1,000 points is automatically added to create the final official team score for the game.
  • In Mario Kart Wii, a single team player will race in the time trials of the Mushroom Gorge racetrack against the standard ghost. A game score will be calculated using an incremental time-to-point ratio table. The table starts with a minimum course time of 2:45:000 and guarantees the player 125 points. If the course is completed between 2:45:000 and 2:26:000, each second counts as 50 points. If the course is completed between 2:25:000 and 2:01:000, each second counts as 75 points. If the course is completed between 2:00:000 and 0:01:000, each second counts as 100 points. A participation bonus of 1,000 points is automatically added to create an official team score for the game. Each player’s time in minutes, seconds and milliseconds (M:SS:XXX) will be recorded, but only the minutes and seconds (M:SS) will used to calculate game scores. Milliseconds may be used in tiebreaker situations, if required.

No two team members will play the same game (again with the exception for New Super Mario Bros. Wii) and each team member must play at least one game.

What happens at the national championship event?
Ninety qualifying team winners and six online sweepstakes winners will be awarded a trip to Los Angeles to participate in the Wii Games: Summer 2010 national championships—open to the public Sept. 3-5 and culminating in the National Finals competitions Sept. 4-5. Prizes include cruises, home entertainment packages, Wii systems and games, trophies and write-ups in national publications. For a full prize list, click here
What kinds of prizes will be awarded?
Ninety qualifying team winners and six online sweepstakes winners will be awarded a trip to Los Angeles to participate in the Wii Games: Summer 2010 national championships—open to the public Sept. 3-5 and culminating in the National Finals competitions Sept. 4-5. Prizes include cruises, home entertainment packages, Wii systems and games, trophies and write-ups in national publications. For a full prize list, click here.
How do the leaderboards work?
Participants’ scores will be recorded after each game they play. Real-time leaderboards will capture the action as it unfolds and display top scores anonymously. They’re bound to get competitive leading up to the national championships. Be sure to check them out when they launch July 16.
How will I know if I have won? Will someone call me?
Winners will be notified by email and phone. Winners will need to respond in time and verify eligibility per the details and requirements outlined in the respective sweepstakes rules or competition rules.
How can I find out about more Nintendo events and announcements?
You can sign up to receive email newsletters, and information about the latest Nintendo products when you join Club Nintendo—whether you are looking for news about games for Wii and Nintendo DS, or special Nintendo events in a city near you.
What is Club Nintendo?
Club Nintendo is Nintendo’s way of thanking you for your loyalty and feedback. You can get a free warranty extension on your Wii console or Nintendo DS series system when you register them with Club Nintendo. You can also take surveys on select Nintendo products you purchase and earn Coins—which can be redeemed for exclusive rewards. Learn more about Club Nintendo.
How does Shawn Johnson tie in to Wii Games: Summer 2010?
Shawn Johnson is a renowned gymnast and Olympic athlete who will serve as the Wii Games: Summer 2010 Ambassador. Shawn will participate in the kick-off event at Liberty State Park on July 16 and the national championship event in Los Angeles on Sept. 3-5. As an Olympic champion and lifelong athlete, Shawn knows a lot about the fun of being active and competing on a national level. She also owns a Wii system and is a fan of Wii Sports! Watch Shawn Johnson and Mario as they prepare for Wii Games: Summer 2010!

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