Mario Surprises Passengers On Southwest Airlines With Free 3DS

Nintendo likes to surprise people at Christmas. Last year they gave out gifts to unsuspecting mall shoppers. This year they surprised an entire plane full of passengers when Mario announced that each of them would get a free New 3DS XL and a copy of Super Mario Maker. When the plane landed, Mario himself was at the gate to welcome them.



The gift giveaway kicked off the partnership between Nintendo and Southwest Airlines and its new contest, which is called Say Yes to Nintendo 3DS. This runs from December 16 through January 14 and is open to U.S. residents who are 14 or older. Dozens of people will win Nintendo prize packages, and one lucky grand prize winner will get a prize package for a trip to New York for up to four people that includes a shopping spree at the Nintendo NY store. You can enter the contest once per day.



It began as just another typical flight, but minutes after takeoff, the passengers on Southwest® flight #2482 on Wednesday, Dec. 14, found themselves immersed in the world of Mario. As they cruised past 10,000 feet in the air, the voice of Nintendo’s iconic Mario announced a big early-holiday surprise for all the passengers. Quickly all were presented with a free New Nintendo 3DS XL system to take home, along with a voucher to download the recently launched Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS game for free from Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo reps helped the passengers play and create side-scrolling 2D Mario courses on the portable system, which make great travel companions during the busy holiday travel season. Among those lucky passengers offering in-flight game tips was iJustine, a Nintendo fan and YouTube celebrity whose followers measure in the millions. And once the flight landed in Los Angeles, Mario himself was waiting to welcome them at the gate.

“With Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, everyone can enjoy a nearly limitless supply of side-scrolling 2D Mario courses anytime, anywhere,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “You’re not only playing a game – you’re helping design it. Nintendo 3DS owners are getting to experience Mario play in an entirely new way.”

“At Southwest, we’re passionate about making connections and taking part in some of the most important moments in our customers’ lives,” says Linda Rutherford, Vice President, Chief Communication Officer for Southwest Airlines. “Bringing this fun Nintendo activation onboard our flight is a great way to kick off the season of giving and celebrate those moments with friends and family.”

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS features 100 built-in courses, and also allows entry to recommended courses from the Super Mario Maker game on the Wii Uconsole. In addition, courses designed on Nintendo 3DS can be shared with other players via the system’s StreetPass feature and local wireless. Nintendo 3DS systems provide a fun escape for travelers on the go – adults and kids can play games to stay entertained during long flights or layovers. The systems are always ready to go anywhere travelers want to go.

The flight was the first leg of a Say Yes to Nintendo 3DS promotion with Southwest Airlines that runs from Dec. 16 through Jan. 14, and is open to U.S. residents who are at least 14 years old. Just in time for the holidays, prizes will include Nintendo 3DS hardware and games. While dozens of entrants will receive prizes, one lucky Grand Prize winner will be awarded a trip to New York for up to four people, roundtrip air travel on Southwest for four, a four-night hotel stay, plus a personal shopping spree at the Nintendo NY store.

To enter the sweepstakes, visit http://www.sayyessweepstakes.com during the promotion period and follow the links and instructions to submit the registration form*.
Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. Nintendo 3DS players who register a Nintendo Network ID (NNID) get access to free-to-start games, including Pokémon games; the ability to download and play variety of free game demos from Nintendo eShop; and exclusive offers and the latest news directly from Nintendo. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and District of Columbia (EXCLUDING FL, NY AND RI) age 19 years or older.  Void in AK, FL, HI, NY, PR, RI and where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 1/15/17. For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit www.sayyessweepstakes.com.  Sponsor: Southwest Airlines Co., 2702 Love Field Drive, Dallas, TX  75235.
[Source: Nintendo Press Release]

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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