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Game With Fame Thanks To Nintendo’s ‘Challenge A Champ’

Three Canadian gamers are going to get the chance to play out a ‘pros vs Joes’ fantasy against some top competition – on the Nintendo Switch. From November 9-27th, Canadians can enter to win a chance to take on tennis star Bianca Andreescu in Mario Tennis Aces, pro-racer Jamesin Hinchcliffe at Mario Kart 8, or professional dancer Shanie Blais in Just Dance 2020.

To enter, just head to Nintendo of Canada’s Twitter or Facebook page and find the post dedicated to the contest. Tell Nintendo why YOU deserve the shot and maybe you’ll be the one to defend the honour of all gamers against real-world pros.

Here’s the press release:


From November 9 to November 27, Canadians can enter for a chance to face-off against three champs in games on the Nintendo Switch system: Bianca Andreescu at Mario Tennis Aces, James Hinchcliffe at Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Shanie Blais at Just Dance 2020

VANCOUVER, B.C., November 9, 2020 – Nintendo is inviting Canadians to challenge some of Canada’s top talent in their chosen fields – with a twist. Starting today, Nintendo of Canada is giving fans the chance to win one of three exclusive gaming opportunities: you could hit the courts with tennis star Bianca Andreescu in the Mario Tennis Aces game, zip around Rainbow Road in pursuit of IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game, or keep the beat with dance sensation Shanie Blais in the Just Dance 2020 game. Three separate winners will each receive a one-on-one virtual gaming session with their chosen champ.

“These are truly three Canadian champions, and we are thrilled to give Canadians the chance to play together with them in this unique way,” said Dominic Gross, General Manager, Nintendo of Canada. “Do you have what it takes to challenge a champ? Now you can find out, with any of these acclaimed games for Nintendo Switch. Time to start warming up!”

To enter the #ChallengeAChamp contest, fans will need to respond to dedicated posts on Nintendo of Canada’s Twitter and Facebook pages, explaining why they’re skilled in the selected games.

Below are the weeks Canadians can enter for each individual experience:

November 9 – 13: Mario Tennis Aces vs. Bianca Andreescu
Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu has claimed victory on the court against some of the tennis world’s biggest stars – but she’s never faced an opponent like Mario. Through Nintendo Switch Online, Bianca will face-off against one lucky contest winner in an all-out singles tennis battle – playing, of course, as their favourite character from the Mushroom Kingdom. Prepare to have your skills tested in intense rallies against this fierce Canadian competitor.

November 16 – 20: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe vs. James Hinchcliffe
Professional racecar driver James Hinchcliffe started his career behind the wheel in karting – but does he have what it takes to reign supreme in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Through Nintendo Switch Online, James will race his contest winner opponent for the Cup on some of the game’s 48 unique and memorable courses. Will you meet him on Rainbow Road or in Moo Moo Meadows? If you have the need for speed, be sure to challenge James in the insanely fast 200cc mode.

November 23 – 27: Just Dance 2020 vs. Shanie Blais
Think you can keep up with celebrated Montreal-based dancer Shanie Blais? One lucky contest winner will get the chance to dance with Shanie in Just Dance 2020 – the ultimate dance game for Nintendo Switch. Together, Shanie and the winner can customize their Just Dance parties by creating their own playlists featuring a selection of chart-topping hits. Who’s got the top-scoring moves?

To learn more about #ChallengeAChamp, including all the details on how to enter, visit

For more information about Nintendo Switch and its library of games, visit

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of Canada (including Quebec) who are at least 13 years old. Contest begins 10:00AM PT on 11/9/2020 and ends at 5:00PM PT on 11/27/2020. To enter, you must follow the Nintendo of Canada Twitter page, comment why you are skilled at Mario Tennis Aces, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Just Dance 2020 or comment why you are skilled at Mario Tennis Aces, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Just Dance 2020 on a post made by the Nintendo of Canada Facebook page as stated in Official Rules. One (1) winner will receive a 60-minute online gaming experience with Bianca Andreescu in the Mario Tennis Aces game (ARV $2,500 – $15,000). One (1) winner will receive a 60-minute online gaming experience with James Hinchcliffe in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game (ARV $2,500 – $15,000). One (1) winner will receive a 60-minute online game experience with Shanie Blaise in Just Dance 2020 (ARV $2,500 – $15,000). Total ARV of all prizing $22,500. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Mathematical skill-testing question required. Details and restrictions apply. For Official Rules, visit Sponsor: Nintendo of Canada Ltd., 2925 Virtual Way, Vancouver, BC V5M 4X5, Canada.