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Twitch Prime (and Amazon Prime) Subscribers Get Free 12 Months of Nintendo Switch Online

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If you’re a Twitch Prime subscriber you can get a year’s worth of Nintendo Switch Online for free, thanks to a new deal between Nintendo and Twitch parent company Amazon. If you don’t have Twitch Prime there’s a good chance you have Amazon Prime, which includes a Twitch Prime membership. Simply create a Twitch account if you don’t already have one and link it to Amazon Prime, then sign-up with Nintendo.

The catch is you can only initially claim three months of Nintendo Switch Online for free. After that you’ll need to return to the website and claim the other nine months. The 3-month free membership must be claimed by September 24. The 9-month membership can be redeemed 60-days after the first claim, and must be redeemed by January 22, 2020.

Existing Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can take advantage of this year to add more time to their membership. However, the deal only works for individual plans, not family plans. Members are also limited to a maximum 36-months of subscription time, so you can only buy ahead so much.

If you cancel your Prime membership you’ll still gain the benefit of the free Nintendo Switch Online claims, though you’ll need to be an active Prime subscriber for 60-days to get the 9-month offer.

Nintendo Switch Online launched last year as Nintendo’s premium online service. It’s required to play Nintendo Switch games online, such as Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo Switch Online also includes backup cloud saves, smartphone app integration, and access to digital NES games. A single Nintendo Switch Online subscription normally costs $3.99 per month, $7.99 for 90 days, or $19.99 for 12 months.

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Celebrate Mario Day with Nintendo Switch Mario Bundles

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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.

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Reggie Fils-Aime Announces Retirement, Bowser Taking Over Nintendo

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After 15 years with the company and 13 years as President and COO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring at 57. Doug Bowser, the wonderfully named Senior Vice President, will take over the role beginning April 15.

“Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” said Fils-Aime in a statement. “It’s a part that is filled with gratitude – for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not ‘game over’ for me, but instead ‘leveling up’ to more time with my wife, family, and friends.”

Fils-Aime joined Nintendo in 2003 as the then Senior VP of Sales and Marketing before ascending to President and COO in 2006 after Tatsumi Kimishima ascended to CEO.

For the last decade and a half Fils-Aime has been the face of Nintendo in the US. He quickly became a beloved icon and outgoing spokesperson for the once very conservative Japanese company. When introducing the Wii Balance Board in 2007, Fils-Aime famously uttered “My body is ready,” launching a silly catch phrase still used today.

Bowser joined Nintendo in 2015, much to the delight of gaming headlines everywhere. He ascended to Senior VP a year later. He has helped lead the marketing for the Nintendo Switch outside of Japan.

True to his personality, Fils-Aime fully embraced the humor in the situation: “With a name like Bowser, who better to hold the keys to the Nintendo castle?” You will be missed, Reggie.