Nintendo has done it again. The company has affiliated with fast-food giant McDonald’s to offer one of eight different toys based on its cherished franchises with every Happy Meal. The eight colourful and yearning toys include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Invincible Mario, Yoshi, a Red Koopa Shell and a 1-Up Mushroom – each of which will have a “special function.”
The luminous Invincible Mario figurine, for example, will show up in different colors.
From 26 April Through 22 May, McDonald’s restaurants those in participation across the U.S will offer Super Mario-themed toys arranged inside its Happy Meal boxes.
The same characters are also appearing in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the re-release of one of the best games on the Wii U that will soon launch for the Japanese gaming giant’s new hybrid handheld console – the Nintendo Switch.
Eligible customers – U.S residents who are 13 or older – are entitled to enter sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 100 Nintendo Switch Prize Packs having a Nintendo Switch system and a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. To enter the sweepstakes, customers can buy at McDonald’s and register it using the chain’s mobile app to get one entry. Buyers that purchase a Happy Meal will earn two entries.
You can also send in an email once a day between now and 22 May to receive a free entry in the sweepstakes.
"Nintendo is always looking for ways to expand its brand, and a partnership with the family-friendly McDonald's restaurants felt like a great fit," Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of sales and marketing said in a statement.
"Like Mario, Happy Meals are something both kids and parents grew up with."
This is not the first time the company has collaborated with McDonald’s to celebrate the launch of its games with Happy Meals reward.
In 2014, McDonald’s put Mario Kart 8 toys in its Happy Meals to celebrate the initial relase of the famous racing game. Fast food fans have also received toys from Pokemon X and Y in April 2014 and toys based on critters seen in Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire in October 2015.
Back in 1989, when Nintendo was promoting Super Mario Bros 3, McDonald’s Happy Meals also included Super Mario toys.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is ready for release on 28 April for the Nintendo Switch.