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Hallmark is preparing some special Super Mario ornaments. One picture shows Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi.

Mario and Yoshi are both up on Hallmark’s website here. Mario should be available starting July 15, while Yoshi is coming later on October 7. Luigi will apparently be sold in October as well, but it’s not on Hallmark’s site just yet.

Below are a few pictures:

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Some concerns are being raised regarding the overseas release of the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia. Amazon UK is cancelling pre-orders that had been previously been placed. In an email to customers, the retailer states: “Our supplier has informed us that this item is no longer available.”

Over on Amazon US, the listing for Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia has been pulled. However, it’s still up on Amazon CanadaAmazon Germany, and Amazon France.

The Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia is supposedly planned for June 15 outside of Japan. We should be finding out pretty soon if that date is still on track.

Thanks to Stuart S for the tip.

We had heard that the latest Mario toys would soon be included in McDonald’s Happy Meals across the United States. In a new announcement from Nintendo, it’s confirmed that this is beginning today. Those who purchase a Happy Meal at participating McDonald’s restaurants will receive one of eight fun toys based on Super Mario characters.

McDonald’s is also hosting a special sweepstakes to celebrate the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The details on that are as follows:

“In addition to the toys, families can take their fun to the next level by entering a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 100 Nintendo Switch Prize Packs inclusive of a Nintendo Switch system and the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game. Eligible customers that scan and purchase a meal at McDonald’s using the McDonald’s mobile app between now and May 22 will be entered. Customers get one entry for redeeming any deal in the app and two entries when they purchase a Happy Meal. No purchase is necessary to enter. The sweepstakes is open only to residents of the United States who are 13 and older. Official rules for the sweepstakes, including details about how to enter without making a purchase, can be found at online and http://www.PlayatMcD.com and at participating McDonald’s restaurants.”

Read up on today’s full announcement below.

A new Mario board game is coming from USAopoly, titled Super Mario Level Up!. You and a group of friends will “Join Mario and his pals as you advance them up the Mushroom Kingdom while challenging other players to gather the most coins and reach the castle at the top.” A 3D game board, 13 Character Movers, Power Up cards, and ? Block Chips are all included.

No word yet on a release date, but it’s “coming soon” in North America. It’ll set you back just $20.


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Mario isn’t foreign to strange advertisements in Japan. You may recall that some kooky commercials were made for Mercedes-Benz a few years ago.

Mario and friends are back in action to promote Dekavita C, a Japanese energy drink. It’s not a one-sided promotion, as these new videos also show off the 3DS and highlight the recently-released Mario Sports Superstars.

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A new wave of Mario toys recently hit the UK and Japan as part of Happy Meals at McDonald’s locations. In North America, they’ll soon be distributed there as well.

The official McDonald’s website notes that Mario is next in line for Happy Meals. A specific date isn’t given, but the toys should be showing up soon.

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Nintendo of America put up a couple of additional videos for MAR10 Day on its Twitter account a few hours ago. In both, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Shinya Takahashi, and Shigeru Miyamoto were asked about the one game they’d play if they were stuck on an island. Find their responses below.


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The MAR10 Day celebrations continues with a new video from Shigeru Miyamoto. Below, you can hear Miyamoto answering a question about the power-up he’d want to have the most in real life.


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Tomorrow is MAR10 Day, and Nintendo is celebrating the event in various ways.

First, Nintendo is teaming up with Starlight Children’s Foundation. Here’s what you can expect from that:

“To kick off the celebration, Nintendo is working with Starlight Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brightens the lives of seriously ill children by providing hospitalized kids with entertainment, education and innovative technology. Nintendo will be providing new designs for the foundation’s Starlight Brave Gowns, which help sick kids feel like superstars by replacing unattractive, uncomfortable and embarrassing hospital garments with comfortable and brightly colored gowns. Featuring characters from the Mushroom Kingdom, these new Starlight Brave Gowns include colorful depictions of Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Donkey Kong and Yoshi. Additionally, Nintendo will provide a donation to Starlight Children’s Foundation to help create 2,000 gowns for this fun and colorful program.”

The Super Mario Bros. Movie was re-released on Blu-ray as part of a Limited Edition Steelbook at UK retailer Zavvi. An unboxing video provided by Nintendo Impact Gaming can be found below.

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