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Nintendo Crowns Champions at Wii Games: Summer 2010 Competition

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, Ind. 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. More information about Wii Games: Summer 2010 can be found at http://www.wiigames2010.com.

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, a 13 year old finalist from Arcadia, Calif. and 200 other Wii Games: Summer 2010 competitors catch virtual hula hoops on the Wii Balance Board while playing Wii Fit Plus in Redondo Beach, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. The event celebrates the culmination of the first-ever, nationwide Wii video game tournament that encourages fun, active play. (Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Nintendo of America)

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Olympic gold medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” champion Shawn Johnson and her mother, Teri Johnson, enjoy a friendly game of Mario Kart Wii during the Wii Games: Summer 2010 National Championship on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, in Redondo Beach, Calif. (Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Nintendo of America)

In this photograph taken by AP Images for Nintendo of America, Wii Games: Summer 2010 National Championship first place winners of the family category, the Crawford family, ages 40, 41, 6, and 13, of St. Louis, Mo., accept their trophies at a Labor Day weekend awards ceremony in Redondo Beach, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. The event celebrated the culmination of the nationwide Wii video game tournament that encourages fun, active play. (Casey Rodgers/ AP Images for Nintendo of America)

In this photograph taken by AP Images for Nintendo of America, Super Adult category winners, Bonnie, center left, 58, and Bill, center right, 66, of Westlake Village, Calif., take the stage to congratulate the second and third place finalists at the Wii Games: Summer 2010 National Championship during a Labor Day weekend awards ceremony in Redondo Beach, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. As a leader in promoting physically active play, Nintendo hosted the fun, nationwide tournament to encourage consumers to get up and get playing with the company’s groundbreaking motion-controlled video games. (Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Nintendo of America)