Earlier this month it emerged that a new batch of Super Mario Happy Meal toys were coming to the US, and now the range is live. From now until 22nd May in the country Nintendo fans can get one of eight toys along with an inexpensive bit of grub at McDonald's.

Each of the toys has a 'special function', and the promotion will also include a sweepstakes to win Nintendo Switch systems; some press release blurb with some words from the Bowser is below.

"Nintendo is always looking for ways to expand its brand, and a partnership with the family-friendly McDonald's restaurants felt like a great fit," said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Like Mario, Happy Meals are something both kids and parents grew up with."

Nintendo fans will want to collect each of the eight toys, which include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Invincible Mario, a Red Koopa Shell and 1-Up Mushroom. Each one of the toys has a special function, like a translucent Mario that lights up in different colors.

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.

Will any of you be buying a cheap burger in order to get one of these toys?