If you fancy yourself an expert at Mario Kart, you’ll have a chance to put your skills to the test and earn some free Eshop credit later this week. Nintendo has announced it is hosting an online tournament in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe this Sunday, September 22, and the winners will take home $25 in My Nintendo Gold points.
The Mario Kart North American Open runs from 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET to 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET. To participate in the competition, you’ll first need to select Tournaments from the Online Play option in the game’s main menu, then search for the following tournament code: 2093-5045-4827.
Rev your engines, the #MarioKart North American Open will begin on 9/22! Get ready to race to the Gold Points & join by entering this tournament code into the game before the event begins: 2093-5045-4827.
Who’s kart will take the crown? https://t.co/uPeyQp3FkQ pic.twitter.com/PLwb3raEHH
— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) September 16, 2019
Each race will be 150cc, with normal items and Smart Steering disabled. Nintendo will crown a total of eight winners based on players’ in-game scores during the competition. The winners will be notified via email on or around September 27 and will take home 2,500 My Nintendo Gold points, which can be put toward digital purchases on the Switch Eshop. You can read the full contest rules on Nintendo’s website.
Be aware that to participate in this online tournament, you’ll need to have a subscription to the Nintendo Switch Online service. Memberships are available for US $4 / £3.49 / AU $6 for one month, US $8 / £7 / AU $12 for three months, and US $20 / £18 / AU $30 for 12 months. Nintendo also offers an annual Family Membership that runs for US $35 / £31.49 / AU $55 and covers up to eight Nintendo Accounts. You can read more about the service in our guide to Nintendo Switch Online.
The NSO service offers a few other perks besides online play, such as access to a library of classic SNES and NES games. Nintendo is also selling a replica SNES controller for Switch exclusively for NSO subscribers. The controller is available to order now and costs $30 USD. NSO subscribers can also grab freebies for Super Kirby Clash and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate right now from the Eshop.