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Yesterday, March 10, is also known as Mario Day. Mar.10 – get it? Nintendo is celebrating this year with special Nintendo Switch bundles featuring the mustachioed plumber. Thankfully the sale extends beyond the day, ending next Saturday, March 16.
The Mario Day promotion bundles digital downloads of Mario games with a Nintendo Switch purchase. It’s only available at participating retailers: Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. The suggested bundle price is $329.99. The normal cost of a Switch by itself is $299, so it amounts to a 50% savings on a full priced Mario game.
To qualify for the promotion, add the Switch console and any one of the below Mario games to your shopping cart, and you should see the savings applied.
One of five Mario games can be selected from the following:
- Super Mario Party
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Mario Tennis Aces
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Note that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle has previously been available.
If you already own a Switch you can still take advantage of the Mario 10 promotion. Digital download Nintendo eShop codes sold at retailers and retail websites can be redeemed for those same Mario games for $39.99 each.
“What better way to celebrate Mario Day than by playing some of the most popular Mario games on Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP (and soon to be President and COO) . “This promotion is a great option for consumers who want to pick up Nintendo Switch and some hit games at a value price.”
The Switch bundle promotions are available both in store and online. The digital Mario sale by itself is only available at retailers who sell digital codes. The Mario Day sale ends March 16.
Nintendo’s premiere Mario 2D sidescroller on Wii U has been re-released with new content on the Switch. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is available now. And arriving on Nintendo 3DS is another Mario remaster: Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey.
“After a strong 2018, both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS add to their large and diverse libraries with two solid games starring Mario and friends,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “Nintendo is giving fans on both platforms good options to kick off their entertainment in 2019.”
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe includes the original New Super Mario Bros. U and its more challenging sequel, New Super Luigi U, for a total of 164 levels.
Both games feature up to four player simultaneous local co-op. Players can choose between Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and newcomers Nabbit and Toadette. Both Nabbit and Toadette are geared for younger gamers, offering an assist mode. Nabbit is un-phased by enemies and earns extra lives, while Toadette can turn into Peachette, letting her double jump, float, and bounce up from pitfalls.
Note that you’ll need additional controllers to play with three or four players.
The recently arrived Nintendo 3DS version of 2009’s Bower’s Inside Story features revamped graphics and gameplay. The new mode, Bowser’s Jr.’s Journey, puts Bowser’s kid in the limelight as he gathers an army and wrecks havoc. Bowser’s Inside Story is fully compatible with the Nintendo 2DS and 2DS XL.
Both games are rated E for Everyone.
Nintendo has a long-standing tradition of licensing their characters for cereal boxes. I remember first learning about one of the secret warp whistles for Super Mario Bros, 3 from the back of a cereal box. But I never had anything like this. For a limited time beginning December 11, special Kellogg’s limited edition Super Mario Cereal will include amiibo scans for Super Mario Odyssey.
“This powered-up partnership with Kellogg’s is another exciting way for us to expand the Nintendo brand in unique and creative ways,” said Tom Prata, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Strategic Initiatives. “We are always looking for new opportunities to bring smiles to people of all ages, and this is a fun way to kick off the day.”
The cereal is basically Lucky Charms, featuring marshmallow pieces inspired by Super Mario powerups. The outer box’s amiibo symbol can be scanned into Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch as if it were an amiibo figure. The in-game reward is similar if you scan a non-specific amiibo, resulting in coins or hearts.
“We are thrilled to pack so much fun into one box of cereal,” said Brad Schwan, Senior Director of Morning Foods Marketing. “The package adds value and excitement for fans, with marshmallow shapes in the cereal inspired by Super Mario power-ups to tie the theme together.”
Super Mario Cereal will start hitting store shelves as early as next week.
In lieu of a traditional review I’m going to do something a bit different with the SNES Classic Edition. I’m going to rank all 21 games included in the retro 90s emulator.
The SNES Classic Edition is a great little product that nails the original design of the console and controllers. It’s not without flaws: the short cord range (about 5 ft) can be a big annoyance, and in order to change games and use the rewind and save-state features, you have to physically push a button on the console. But those features also add a lot of modern convenience to classic games, greatly improving accessibility.
As the front-runner for greatest console of all time, the Super Nintendo had some pretty good games. The SNES Classic Edition does a near-perfect job of drawing from a wide variety of genres and gameplay styles to represent some (though not all) of the best games of the era.
Nostalgia can always play a major role. It’s impossible to ignore if you grew up as an impressionable gaming kid in the early 90s, as I did. I played almost all of these titles over two decades ago. Now I’m ranking these games based on how well they hold up today. Intuitive gameplay and controls, aging graphics, and integrated multiplayer will all be a factor. Read More
October 27 is one of the biggest release days for gaming this year, with three AAA titles launching today: Assassin’s Creed Origins, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Super Mario Odyssey. Super Mario Odyssey is launching for the Nintendo Switch as one of the most anticipated games of the year. Nintendo celebrated the big launch with a road trip across the US, ending in a party in New York City.
The cross-country road trip began in Los Angeles, California. The Nintendo tour bus traveled between major cities such as Dallas and Chicago to meet with fans and give them a chance to play Super Mario Odyssey leading up to its release. Pictures of the trip can be found on Nintendo’s social media accounts on twitter, instagram, and tumblr.
The final celebration took place last night in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, New York. The party featured a costumed Mario and a big dance number with music from the game. Fans could purchase the game at midnight at the Nintendo store.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 27, 2017
“Super Mario Odyssey is the must-have video game for this holiday season, and this event was the perfect way to kick off Mario’s latest adventure,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America President and COO. “Video game fans of all kinds will want to dive into this latest Mario adventure as soon as possible.”
Fils-Aime was also on hand to sell the very first copy of Super Mario Odyssey at the Nintendo store.
Super Mario Odyssey is a 3D platformer with a sandbox-style. It’s set to be the next evolution of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy. Mario is joined by a new sentient hat called Cappy. He can throw Cappy at enemies and objects to take control and gain new abilities and solve puzzles.
Super Mario Odyssey is rated E for Everyone. It’s available only for the Nintendo Switch. A Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Switch bundle is available with Mario-themed Joy-Con controllers for $379.99.