Mario, the iconic Nintendo character, has his own day and it’s today! When March 10 is written as Mar10, it looks like Mario’s name. The clever way the abbreviation spells the character’s name has become National Mar10 Day. Whether or not you knew about today’s connection to Mario, it’s a perfect excuse to celebrate National Mar10 Day.
6 Ways to Celebrate National Mar10 Day
Learn Some Mario Trivia
- Mario first appeared in Nintendo’s Donkey Kong in 1981 as a carpenter named Jumpman. Jumpman became Mario in 1983 when Nintendo launched a new game where Jumpman was reinvented as an Italian plumber who rescues princesses
- Similar to Michael Michaels or Adam Adams, Mario’s last name is his first name. Luigi and Mario are known as the Mario Brothers making Mario’s last name Mario.
- Mario lives in the Mushroom Kingdom.
- Over 210 million copies of the Mario game series have been sold, making Mario one of the most popular video games of all time.
This fun quiz will allow you to find out how much you know about other favorite characters and the games they appear in. Also check out Play Nintendo’s YouTube channel for DIY crafts, quizzes, gameplay and more featuring Mario and friends,
Have a Mario Kart Tournament
Assemble family and friends and host your own Mario Kart tournament with your favorite Mario Kart game. If you want your tournament to channel March Madness to celebrate National Mar10 Day, use this free online tournament bracket maker to create a printable bracket.
Check Your Switch’s Parental Control Settings
Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. Check your Switch settings to ensure the parental controls are age appropriate for those in your home and the games they play with, and without, you.
Also check out the free Nintendo Switch Parental Controls mobile app that allows you to set gaming guidelines for your family from your smartphone.
Visit GameStop to Try New Mario Games
If you’ve been considering a purchase of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, or other Mario titles, stop by your local GameStop tomorrow, March 11 between Noon and 4pm local time, to try them out. GameStop is also giving away free Mario themed-items, while supplies last to celebrate National Mar10 Day.
Enter to Win a Trip to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood
Recently opened, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood, is a Nintendo fan’s dream! Here you can meet characters like Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach and battle Team Bowser on the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge ride.
Interactive Power-Up Bands (sold separately) allow you to participate in activities throughout the Mushroom Kingdom.
Fans of all ages will love dining at Toadstool Café and leveling up with Nintendo-themed merch from the 1-UP Factory store.
My Nintendo wants to send you to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood! Between now and April 25, head to MyNintendo to enter the Super Nintendo World Family Fun Sweepstakes. One lucky winner with up to three guests will win a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood to visit Super Nintendo World and see the Mushroom Kingdom in real life!****
**** NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Details and restrictions apply. Read the Official Rules here.
Take Advantage of Mario-Related Deals from Nintendo
Celebrate National Mar10 Day all month long with great Mario-related deals from Nintendo. Here’s a look at some of the special promotions running throughout March.
Nintendo Switch Mario Choose One Bundle
Make every day a MAR10 Day with a Nintendo Switch system with Red Joy-Con controllers, your choice of a free Mario full game download (a $59.99 value*) and stickers from the upcoming Super Mario Bros Movie. Anyone that purchases the bundle can select one of the following games: Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The bundle is available beginning today at a suggested retail price of $299.99, at the My Nintendo Store, and select retailers.
Save on Select Mario Games!
Celebrate the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom with two waves of savings on select Nintendo Switch games. The first half of the sale starts on today (MAR10 Day!) and ends March 23. It features deals on digital games and DLC featuring Mario and friends, including Mario Party Superstars, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Yoshi’s Crafted World and Luigi’s Mansion 3.
The second wave of the sale runs from March 24-April 7. This sale includes savings on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Super Mario Maker 2 and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. Games on sale can be purchased directly in Nintendo eShop or through the MAR10 deals on Nintendo.com
Mario & Friends Retail Sale
Until March 11, fans will also be able to head to select retailers to save up to $20*** on select games featuring Mario and friends, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Maker 2, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Mario Party Superstars, and many more. Fans can also save $40 on the high-octane Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit! *** Savings based on suggested retail price. Actual savings may vary. Offer valid 3/5/2023-3/11/2023; available while supplies last. See participating retailers for details.
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