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Super Mario Maker was a clever delight when it launched in 2015 on Wii U. The simple premise – a full editor suite for making and playing Mario levels across multiple eras – was an instant hit, recreating the dreams of many a dreamy kid scratching out level designs in a school notebook. The Switch sequel keeps the same solid editing and classic Mario gameplay, while adding several high quality pieces, a vastly expanded story mode, and online and local multiplayer.
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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.