MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Players from all over the world came to Monroe to race it out in Super Mario Kart. Over the weekend, organizers say Monroe was home to the first Super Mario Kart Championship in the U.S.
"It's wonderful because it's the old classic Super Mario Kart game from 1992 that we've all loved for many years," says Sami Cetin, a world-record holder from the UK.
For these sixteen players, it's more than just a game. They say it means having a group of friends from around the world. Cetin is the Mario Circuit 1 Record Holder and says the game is a family affair for him.
"Well it's very special, my older sister bought the game for me 25, no more than that 26 or 27 years ago, for Christmas," says Cetin. "And my niece is also here with me, she's one of the fastest players in the UK, and that's my sister's daughter."
Kyle Randol organized the event and says he's competed in Super Mario Kart Championships in Europe for years. He says there weren't competitions like that in the U.S.
"It was really left up to me and my group of friends to get this going, cause if we weren't going to do it no one was going to do it," says Randol.
So, they started a tradition of their own here in the U.S. with the best of the best from around the world.
"There's maybe like six players that are just this whole other tier above the rest that everyone aspires to be and four of them are here," says Randol.
The group of 16 participants competed in four rounds over the weekend - Time Trial, Match Race, Grand Prix, and Battle Mode. Sunday night, players were still in the hunt for the overall winner's title.
"The overall placement that you've made throughout all four modes is the overall winner," explains Randol.
First Place: Karl Van Duijvenboden
Second Place: Guillaume Leviach
Third Place: Sami Cetin