Super Mario Happy Meals Arriving at McDonalds UK

Super Mario Happy Meals Arriving at McDonalds UK

Super Mario is headed back to the McDonald's toy circuit, much to the delight of children and nostalgic adults.

I haven't eaten a McDonald's Happy Meal in a very long time, but if I had to remember when I especially looked forward to one, it was usually due to the toys. More specifically, the Super Mario Bros. 3 1989 Happy Meal toy line, born from a 1989 partnership with Nintendo from which more recent international editions have followed. Most Super Mario fans likely remember those original toys with fond nostalgia, which I expect will drive sales of McDonald's upcoming Happy Meal deal. A promotional ad for the McDonald's Advantage Club in the United Kingdom is teasing a new Happy Meal to help kids "Run, Jump and Power Up" that will likely be unveiled this March.

The ad doesn't offer any information on what toys might come with the Happy Meal, but it's safe to say they will be inspired by Super Mario 3D World's characters and feline costumes. At the very least, it could return attention back to Nintendo's franchises, something the company would hope for following its recent financial difficulties. Personally, I'm just curious to see whether these deals extend beyond the UK and whether they'll be a bigger hit with kids or nostalgic adults.

Source: Nintendo Life, via Gamespot

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I hope they come to Canada and on that note and speaking of Happy Meals, does anyone (In Canada) know if the Adventure Time toys are in McDonalds still or at all?

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I may need to buy myself a Happy Meal or two when this promotion happens.

I assume this is step one of their "Targeting children" plan.

Mack Donuldz should put the original Mario Bros games in their stores. Playable for dem quarters.

Andy Shandy:
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I may need to buy myself a Happy Meal or two when this promotion happens.

I assume this is step one of their "Targeting children" plan.

Well if it ever comes to the US then it looks like they won't get any kids in San Francisco. Toys in Happy Meals are banned in San Francisco because the toys "cause obesity in children" or some schtick like that. I mean it's not like lack self-control or moderation cause obesity. No, it's the little plastic objects that lure our kids that cause it. :P

Nice to see Nintendo doing something like this. Seems like forever since they've tried to get any real publicity... Heck, I remember getting toys like this in my Happy Meals.

Neronium:

Andy Shandy:
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I may need to buy myself a Happy Meal or two when this promotion happens.

I assume this is step one of their "Targeting children" plan.

Well if it ever comes to the US then it looks like they won't get any kids in San Francisco. Toys in Happy Meals are banned in San Francisco because the toys "cause obesity in children" or some schtick like that. I mean it's not like lack self-control or moderation cause obesity. No, it's the little plastic objects that lure our kids that cause it. :P

They're banned? I thought they just had to order the "healthy" meal options to get them. Might be thinking of somewhere else though.

Well, I guess that's a start, Nintendo, but you guys really dropped the ball by not having some form of Super Bowl add (110 Million+ watched that game, and I'm willing to bet my bottom dollar that a lot of them own or owned a Wii at some point).

huh.

i think i still have that koopa.

Mahorfeus:
Nice to see Nintendo doing something like this. Seems like forever since they've tried to get any real publicity... Heck, I remember getting toys like this in my Happy Meals.

Neronium:

Andy Shandy:
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I may need to buy myself a Happy Meal or two when this promotion happens.

I assume this is step one of their "Targeting children" plan.

Well if it ever comes to the US then it looks like they won't get any kids in San Francisco. Toys in Happy Meals are banned in San Francisco because the toys "cause obesity in children" or some schtick like that. I mean it's not like lack self-control or moderation cause obesity. No, it's the little plastic objects that lure our kids that cause it. :P

They're banned? I thought they just had to order the "healthy" meal options to get them. Might be thinking of somewhere else though.

In the People's Republic of San Fransisco, yes they're banned. That's what little tin pot dictators do. See also: Anything in New York and soon Chicago as well.

It's really nice to see Nintendo using their flagship character to sell junk fast food to little kids. It's heartwarming! Hurray for capitalism and selling out!

Didn't they just announce that they were going to start working on promoting "Health and Quality of Life" or something? This seems a little odd right after that.

Walkchalk:
Didn't they just announce that they were going to start working on promoting "Health and Quality of Life" or something? This seems a little odd right after that.

Hey, I'm sure there's at least one nutrient in a McDonalds Happy Meal. There's fat at least. There may even be a protein or two.

Brian Tams:
Well, I guess that's a start, Nintendo, but you guys really dropped the ball by not having some form of Super Bowl add (110 Million+ watched that game, and I'm willing to bet my bottom dollar that a lot of them own or owned a Wii at some point).

I honestly don't blame them though because getting a time slot for an ad during the Super Bowl is expensive. According to the Washington Post for 30 seconds of ad space was $4 million. There's better ways to advertise, like that train thing they did in Chicago last year.

Holy crap! I think I still have some of those toys in the attic someplace at my house...

OT: I wish we had those here in the US, I'd buy them in a bloody heartbeat. :D

Alpha Maeko:
Mack Donuldz should put the original Mario Bros games in their stores. Playable for dem quarters.

The 1983 Mario Bros arcade isn't particularly good, though. Movement is sluggish, scrolling was limited to a "circular" level, and there were no power-ups.

Now SUPER Mario Bros fits into the arcade formula in this day and age as it is not only fast-paced and adventurous, but it was designed like an arcade game with limited lives and at least a fair helping of difficulty.

We would definitely be interested in those and I know can pick and buy the toys from certain stores.

 

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