We can always count on Nintendo to exude all sorts of old school charm.
For folks who might not be in the know, Nintendo, once upon a time, released the Nintendo Cereal System, a box stuffed with a pair of cereals based off Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda. Within, kids would be able to score themselves a Nintendo character sticker but the real draw was to actually score a Nintendo Power Pad or a Super Mario cereal bowl.
Back then, the appeal for five year old me was to score that cereal bowl for everyday use. It was much less of a pipe dream to expect my parents to get me a NES to make full use of the Power Pad anyways.
Fast forward to 2017 and Nintendo’s fortunes with the Switch is at an all time high once again. Teaming up with Kellogg’s, the new Super Mario Cereal is a berry-flavored cereal with marshmallows that look like 1-Up and Power-Up mushrooms and a rare question block.
Frankly, it looks like star shaped Cheerios and lucky charms mixed together. If anything, the cardboard taste of the base cereal would have to be nicely balanced off with the sugary goodness of the marshmallow bits.
But, the new Super Mario Cereal’s real prize lies in the amiibo that comes along with it. While we’d very much like an actual amiibo in the box, the amiibo in the Super Mario Cereal looks like no more than an NFC tag stuck to the box. According to the main press release, the amiibo will let Super Mario Odyssey players “receive gold coins or a heart in the game.” While coins might not be that great of an appeal, having an additional heart is a good thing to have.
Will we ever see this box in Asia? Probably not, but if you’re headed to the states anytime soon, this Super Mario Cereal of goodness will be available at Target and Walmart from 11 December 2017 onwards.
Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There’s nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!