As Mario’s 35th anniversary celebrations continue, even with the recently announced postponement of the opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan, 7-Eleven have announced a special promotional campaign offering Nintendo prizes and food!
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Mario’s 35th anniversary celebrations are well underway, with the release of the likes of Super Mario 3D All Stars, special LEGO sets and merchandise, and more revealed in a special Nintendo Direct last year. Even if the anniversary celebrations have been somewhat interrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fans of the titular plumber have been able to celebrate the history of the popular character in many ways. A special upcoming 7-Eleven promotion will see the company sell a special bread roll while offering various Nintendo goods in a special Ichibankuji draw.
The croquette and egg bread roll is sold in special Mario packaging for 183 yen after tax, and will be sold at all 7-Eleven convenience stores from the 5 February, as part of the special campaign.
The 35th anniversary Mario Ichibankuji draw that will run simultaneously will start earlier, on 23 January, with tickets being purchased from all 7-Eleven and Ito Yokado stores nationwide, and the Nintendo Tokyo store in Shibuya. For a cost of 650 yen per ticket, a number of prizes are on offer. The top prize for the draw is a 30 cm talking Mario plush toy, with a Mario alarm clock being offered as a B-prize. A long towel showcasing a timeline of all mainline Mario titles is the C-prize, while my personal favorite is the D-prize, glow-in-the-dark Boo washing liquid dispensers. Eco-bags, drink coasters, and a question block table constitute other prizes.
The prizes on offer will please younger and older people alike, depending on which they receive. You can tell you’re an adult when a soap dispenser is more exciting than a talking Mario, but there we go. You can find out more about the campaign over on the official website.