If you’re a Nintendo fan in the US then you’re in luck. From today Super Mario Happy Meal toys are available for anyone who buys a Happy Meal from McDonald’s.
Eight figurines in total are available to collect, including Mario, Yoshi, Bowser, Peach, Luigi, a green mushroom, a red shell, and invincible Mario. None of them quite have amiibo charm or functionality, but they do at least have a ‘special function’ – for example, invincible Mario lights up.
If you’re thinking the choice of characters is a bit esoteric, the reason is they were chosen was because they all feature in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (apart from the green mushroom strangely enough), which will release 28 April. The promotions mirror a similar one McDonald’s ran back in 2014, around the release of the original Mario Kart 8.
If any of this sounds familiar, that’s because Nintendo have a long history of teaming up with the Golden Arches – check out this ad from the Nintendo, when Nintendo wanted to Promote Super Maro Bros 3
If you live in the UK, you may have noticed that Nintendo were doing a Happy Meal promotion back in January. Interestingly many of the figurines are the same, except for the mushroom and invincible Mario swapped out for a piranha plant and a figure of Mario sitting on a brown chair.
The internet has speculated that it looks like Mario is on the toilet in this particular toy. I’ll just leave this photo below and let you decide.
The Super Mario Happy Meal toys will be available until 22 May.