There's an official Mario Kart tournament this weekend on Switch


January 21, 22, and 23

A heads-up Mario Kart tournament is one of my favorite childhood pastimes. When you absolutely needed to throw down, that was the way. Well, that or GoldenEye. But back then, Mario Kart SNES or N64 were both viable picks!

Nintendo is bringing that nostalgic spirit back this weekend with a new “Mario Kart North American Open” for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe from January 21 to January 23. US, Canada, and Mexico can participate, and there’s going to be three separate tournaments: one on each day. If you’re serious about this, here’s the instructions straight from Nintendo:

“To enter, you must participate in the Tournament in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game during the Tournament Period. To access the Tournament, select the following, in order, within the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game: Online Play, Tournaments, Search by Code. Enter the following code to enter the in-game tournament.”

It’s that simple! You don’t need to go anywhere or do anything special other than be available one or more of those days, from 12PM PT to 6PM PT. But the low effort involved also translates to a smaller pot. The prize is 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points for the “top eight players” on each tournament day. So literally $25, but in “Nintendo Bux.” Still, if you were going to be playing Mario Kart those days anyway, why not?!

January 2022 Mario Kart tournament times and IDs:

Tournament Day 1 ID: 5245-8261-0475: January 21, 2022 12pm PT – 6PM PT:

Tournament Day 2 ID: 3254-0350-2123: January 22, 2022 12pm PT – 6PM PT

Tournament Day 3 ID: 1114-6044-3691: January 23, 2022 12pm PT – 6PM PT