12 September, 2012 – Nintendo UK is today announcing an all-new Mario Kart 7 tournament for Mario Kart fans in the UK and Ireland to commemorate the launch of the first Mario Kart game, Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), just over 20 years ago on August 27th 1992 in Japan. Boy and girl racers will battle in regional online communities for a highly coveted place in the Grand Final in Birmingham on October 27th this year. The online tournament will run alongside this summer’s Mario Kart 7 Britain’s Fastest Family tournament, adding to the summer of Mario Kart fun for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL fans.
To inch one step closer to winning the limited edition Leaf Cup trophy and other awesome prizes, Mario Kart racers are encouraged to head to www.nintendo.co.uk/mk7competition for details on how to get involved in the 3D kart action. Users simply need to join the official community in their area, signing in with the Mario Kart 7 username they use when playing the game on their Nintendo 3DS console.
The qualifying stages will be fought out in 10 online communities, with both a male and female community in the 5 regions of England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The competition will be fierce, demanding a balance of skill and dedication, with only the top two competitors from each community qualifying for the Grand Final in October. The two qualifiers from each community will receive a Shell Cup, a copy of New Super Mario Bros 2 and a goody bag. Racers who narrowly miss out on the final will not leave empty-handed, with a goody bag and a Shell Cup presented to those finishing in 3rd place in each community.
The Grand Final, which will also see the Britain’s Fastest Family tournament finale played out, will see the contestants split into boy and girl categories with 10 male and 10 female finalists challenging for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. With exclusive prizes up for grabs, expect no-holds-barred racing! The male and female winners will both receive the spectacular Leaf Cup trophy and those in 2nd place will win the Special Cup. What’s more, the top three male and female finalists will receive every upcoming first party game for Nintendo 3DS for the next 12 months, starting November 2012*.
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*Winners to receive packaged software only (prize does not include eShop titles)
Terms & Conditions
The Promoter is Nintendo UK, Quadrant, 55 - 57 High Street, Windsor SL4 1LP (” Nintendo“).
2.1 The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland only, and requires use of a Nintendo 3DS, Mario Kart 7 and internet connection to enter. Employees and their immediate families of Nintendo, its agents, and anyone else professionally associated with the contest are excluded.
2.2 Entrants must be over the age of 7. Entrants under 16 years need the written consent of a parent or legal guardian in order to participate and will be asked to provide an email address of a parent or legal guardian on registration. The nominated parent or legal guardian will receive an email to the email address provided from firstname.lastname@example.org and must verify their consent to the child’s participation. Entrants must be able to attend the Mario Kart 7 tournament final which will take place in Birmingham on 27th October 2012 (the “Final”).
2.3 The competition will run from 09.00 on 17th September 2012 until 23.59 on 28th September 2012.
3.1 Entrants must provide the following information on the registration form in order to enter:
- First name
- Last name
- Email address
- Country of residence (the entrant will subsequently compete based on their country of residence in the competition)
- The username or nickname that will be used on the Nintendo 3DS during the entire competition
- The email address of a parent or legal guardian if the entrant is younger than 16 years
3.2 The username, gender and the country of the entrant will be published on the competition website. The Facebook profile picture of entrants registering using their Facebook account will also appear on the competition website.
3.3 Only one entry per person. All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition. An entrant registering or playing with two or more usernames will be disqualified from the competition.
4. The Competition
4.1 After having registered online, entrants will be provided with a Mario Kart 7 community code corresponding to their country of residence and gender. The community code has to be used on the Nintendo 3DS in order to join the relevant Mario Kart 7 community.
4.2 There will be 10 online Mario Kart 7 communities, with both a male and female community for each of the five regions of England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
4.3 The Mario Kart 7 community codes are as follows:
Republic of Ireland male:
Republic of Ireland female:
Northern Ireland male:
Northern Ireland female:
4.4 The codes for the 10 online Mario Kart 7 communities will be provided on the website of Nintendo ( www.nintendo.co.uk/mk7competition), as well as on the Facebook page of the competition ( www.facebook.com/nintendo3dsuk). In order for a race to be held at least two players need to be participating online at the same time in the same Mario Kart 7 community. The number of entrants per Mario Kart 7 community is unlimited and entrants will be automatically assigned to races with a maximum of 8 players per race and a minimum of 2 players per race depending on how many entrants are online at a given time. Entrants may enter as many races as they like within their Mario Kart 7 community. Entrants are automatically assigned and not matched in any way. The ranking will be determinted according to the points scored during the races in the respective community for the period of the competition. The method of attribution of points corresponds to that used in the game Mario Kart 7.
4.5 The final will consist of 10 male and 10 female Finalists. The two entrants with the highest points score in each Mario Kart 7 community (the “Finalists”) will win the chance to compete at the Final. In the event of a tie within a Mario Kart 7 community then the entrants with the same points will be invited to play four races in a new private community (“Tied Race Community”) and the qualifier will be the entrant with the best score in those four races. Any further ties in these races will be resolved in the same way. The Tied Race Community races will be held within 7 days of the closing date for the competition. In the event of a tie the entrants with the same points will be notified by email of the date and time of the Tied Race Community races and failure to compete in the Tied Race Community race on the date and time notified will mean that such entrant will be excluded from consideration.
5. Verification of Identity
5.1 The three entrants with the best scores of every Mario Kart 7 community will be notified by email within 7 days of the closing date via the email address indicated in the registration form and asked for their full contact details.
5.2 Failure of a winner to respond to the email notification within 48 hours or to provide their full contact details, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements or these terms and conditions may result in forfeiture of the prize. Proof of identity and age may be required. Nintendo reserves the right to ask for verification of all other information provided by the entrants, in particular the country of residence.
5.3 Entrants may be required to take a photo of their Nintendo 3DS screen showing their username and points score and provide this to Nintendo in order to prove their username and points score in the respective Mark Kart 7 community. If several entrants use the same user name, then entrants may be contacted in order to ask for proof of their ranking.
6. Prizes and Final
6.1. As well as the chance to compete at the Final, the two Finalists from each Mario Kart 7 community will receive a limited edition Mario Kart 7 Shell Cup, a copy of New Super Mario Bros 2 on the Nintendo 3DS and a Nintendo goody bag. The entrant in third place of each Mario Kart 7 community will receive a limited edition Mario Kart 7 Shell Cup and a Nintendo goody bag.
6.2 The Final will take place in Birmingham on 27th October 2012. Each of the Finalists is able to bring one guest. If the Finalist is younger than 18 years of age then the Finalist must be accompanied to the Final by their parent or legal guardian. If the guest of the Finalist is younger than 18 years, the Finalist must be the parent or legal guardian of the child. Nintendo will contribute to the travel and subsistence costs related to attendance at the Final of up to £250 per Finalist.
6.3. At the Final the 20 Finalists will race in same-sex groups of 5 across four Mario Kart 7 races. Finalists ranked in 1st to 4th place in their races will progress to the next round. In the event of a tie the entrant with the most points at the qualifying stage will be determined the winner.
6.4 A total of 8 male and 8 female Finalists will progress to the final set of races. The 8 male Finalists will take part in a final race and those ranked in 1st to 3rd place will be the top 3 winners. The 8 female Finalists will also take part in a final race and those ranked in 1st to 3rd place will be the top 3 winners. In the event of a tie the entrant with the most points at the qualifying stage will be determined the winner. The male and female 1st place Finalists will both receive the limited edition Mario Kart 7 Leaf Cup trophy and the male and female 2nd place Finalists will win the limited edition Mario Kart 7 Special Cup trophy. The top three male and female Finalists will receive a copy of every new first party boxed Nintendo release for Nintendo 3DS for the next 12 months, starting from 1st November 2012 (excluding eShop titles).
7. Other Terms
7.1 The name and place of residence of the Finalists and runners-up may be published on the websites, Facebook page and Twitter feed of Nintendo.
7.2 Prizes are non-transferable and no cash or other prize alternative available, in whole or in part, except, owing to circumstances outside the reasonable control of the promoter, the promoter reserves the right to substitute a suitable alternative of equal or greater value.
7.3 No responsibility will be accepted for any registration that is illegible, incomplete or does not comply with these terms and conditions in any way.
7.4 The use and operation of the internet connection necessary to compete in this competition is the responsibility of the entrant and not Nintendo. In particular Nintendo does not accept responsibility for a race score not being finalised in the event that an entrant’s internet connection drops during a Mario Kart 7 race.
7.5 Nintendo reserves the right to withdraw, suspend or amend this competition without prior notice in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside its reasonable control hindering the scheduled procedure of the competition, in particular the breakdown of hardware or software, the unauthorised intervention of third parties as well as any mechanical, technical or legal problems outside Nintendo’s reasonable control.
7.7 Any correspondence with Nintendo regarding the selection of the Finalists or winners is excluded. Questions in this regard cannot be answered. The decisions made by Nintendo are binding.
7.8 For a list of the names of the Finalists and winners please send a stamped self-addressed envelope within 3 months of the closing date of the competition to Nintendo UK Mario Kart Prize Competition Winners, PO Box 952, Portsmouth PO6 9DY.
8. Governing Law
Entrants are deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions by participating in this competition. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and are in accordance with English Law and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.