McDonald's has a long tradition of hawking lumps of Nintendo-themed plastic with its Happy Meal range — we still have fond memories of the Super Mario Bros. 3 toys which launched more than twenty years ago. Similar playthings were recently given away in the UK, and in South Korea, they're quite happy to queue around the block in order to get their hands on such trinkets.
North American burger lovers are the latest lucky recipients, with a series of Mario Kart 8 toys hitting stores right now. To celebrate this occasion, Nintendo of America has released a series of photos showing the first kids to receive their Happy Meal / toy combo, and to make us even more jealous, they got them from the Mario Brothers themselves whilst riding in some seriously cool karts. The toys made their début on July 4th and will be available — while supplies last, of course — until July 31st.
Feast your eyes over the official photos below and before you ask, no, we don't think it's possible that a grown adult could squeeze into one of those karts.
I freak out if people touch my Wii U (or any electronics) without washing their hands first.
Seeing a bunch of little kids eat fast food then touch wiimotes gives me an unsettling feeling in my tummy.
@MixMasterMudkip And this is why my friends hate me for giving them the crap controllers while I have the Gamepad. It's great to know I'm not alone!
I'm sure they washed their hands. I wonder where it was.
Imagine all the Street Pass hits you could have gotten that day there.
Ah, the decrepitude of McDonald's and the good old USA
Pssh those kids mightve got to get in karts and play wii u at mcdonalds, but i have the whole set of toys. Ha!
Imagine the grease and fat rubbing onto the buttons
lucky is a very loose term
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@MixMasterMudkip I think either MacDonalds or Nintendo can afford to get them professionally cleaned so they look like new after they are done with them for the next promotion.
Sorry, but Luigi not having his death stare is a big, big fail.
I'm sorry, McDonalds, I hold you in high regard as one of the better fastfood chains here, since you actually put things I like in Happy Meals, but you dropped a big opportunity,
So am I the only one to notice that Luigi looks fatter than Mario?
@MixMasterMudkip lol wow i thought i was the only one!
This is disgusting.
@sinalefa all those unhealthy cheeseburgers..... :/ sad...
@TheWPCTraveler he does have the death stare.
@sinalefa I noticed that! It looks like someone hasn't done their research...
@MixMasterMudkip I am not alone! Same with my 3DS XL aswell as my Wii U!
"... before you ask, no, we don't think it's possible that a grown adult could squeeze into one of those karts." http://shigeruslist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/image.jpg You sure about that? Oh and please enjoy my review of each of these Happy Meal toys: http://nintendorks.net/2014/07/playing-with-power-nintendo-toy-impressions-lets-have-a-look-at-those-mario-kart-8-happy-meal-prizes/
The toys are really disappointing. I was hoping they would be like the awesome pullback cars they had for the Muppet Babies and McDonaldland toys way back when. Instead these are crap plastic toys with wheels that sort of roll?
Luigi is looking a bit portly
Ugh....costumes. Don't come near me. lol
Why is Luigi the fat one?
First of all, if Luigi is getting fat it's from lasagna, pizza, fettuccine alfredo, and cannoles!
Luigi Thought Bubble: What-a the hell? Why are-a none of these kids-a wearing MY hat or a-driving MY-a cart?
It's really Rayman in that disguise.
The legs are giving him away.
All these news of Nintendo events for children... and I haven't even seen nor heard one in my life... I bet that most of those will grow up with the iPad 26, anyway...
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