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Nintendo celebrates Mario Day 2019 with a new Switch deal


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Super Mario Odyssey - Mario and Cappy looking out of a window on the good ship Odyssey Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Nintendo has embraced March 10 as a day to celebrate all things Mario. (Why March 10? Because MAR10.) This year, the company is offering a pretty sweet deal to go along with the festivities: 50 percent off a Nintendo Switch game featuring our mustachioed Italian friend with the purchase of a new Switch console.

The games discounted are Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Party, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The Nintendo Switch console plus one of those games will be on sale for $329.98. That’s a savings of $30, or half off a full-priced game. The deal will be available at Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart for the week of March 10-16.

If you’re in the market for a Switch, though, the Nintendo Switch bundle with a $35 eShop gift card is a slightly better deal. While sold out at GameStop, it’s still available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart.

Those who already own a Switch can still save a couple bucks on Mario Day; Nintendo is taking $20 off digital downloads of the Mario games listed above. That brings those five games down to $39.99, which is just about the lowest price first-party Nintendo Switch titles ever reach.

This is a big step up from last year’s Mario Day deal — $5 off the perfectly fine mobile game Super Mario Run.