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March 10, Mar10, Mario Day–got it? Good! Now get these juicy discounts too.
For some gamers, Mario Day (Mar. 10 — get it?) is a revered holiday, a chance to unwind after dinner with their Nintendo Switch to play a few hours of Animal Crossing without complaints from loved ones. It’s an observance of a veritable holiday, after all. But Mario Day isn’t just about gaming. It’s also a day for retailers to lure you to buy some new stuff—a console, some games and even perhaps some accessories–with sizable deals to entice you.
Thankfully, the Nintendo Switch finally appears to be back in stock just in time for the big day. After many months of stock shorts, you can now nab a Red and Blue or Gray model, as well as the special Animal Crossing or Mario editions. You won’t save any money—they’re not on sale—but at least they’re in stock, which isn’t something you could say with such confidence just a week ago. And the Mario edition comes with a free carrying case.
But there are some other things on sale. You can save 33% on Super Mario Party and Luigi’s Mansion 3, for example, or save $10 on a Nintendo Switch Pro controller. Read on for a list of the best Nintendo Switch deals we could find for Mario Day 2021.
Here it is: The newest edition of the Nintendo Switch. This Mario Red & Blue edition is dressed in Mario’s iconic color scheme with a blue Joy-Con grip, plus everything else: Joy-Con controllers, Switch system and Switch dock–all adorned in red. It’s not on sale per se, but it’s actually in stock, which is a minor miracle on its own. Plus you get a free carrying case covered in Super Mario graphics and a screen protector.
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition of the Nintendo Switch appeared last year and then disappeared from online shelves just as fast. Now it’s back and in stock for Mario Day. This snazzy Switch takes its design cues from the game with a light pastel green and blue color scheme and images of Tom Nook and the Nooklings front and center on the console. Of course, it’s selling for full price, but now is your chance to grab one before they sell out again.
Sure, it’s Mario’s day, but where would our favorite plumber be without his trusty companion Luigi? The green-capped crusader of goombas proves he can hold his own in Luigi’s Mansion 3, the third in a series of charming platform puzzlers. This time, it’s Luigi having to save Mario’s butt after performing a disappearing act at the eery Last Resort hotel. With up to seven other people joining the search party online or locally, this is a great way to pass the time with family and friends.
Super Mario Party is the ultimate party game, packed with tons of minigame tournaments—about 80 in all—as varied as the real Olympics. You’ll need to master a lot of new ways to use the controllers to match the action on-screen, and up to four players can face off against each other in races, various sportsballs, dance-offs and much more. There’s also a single player mode so you can play against AI competitors when no one’s around.
Want to play classics like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate the way they were meant to be played? Step up to a Nintendo Switch Pro controller. It can be used with your Switch both docked and undocked, and features built-in rumble and amiibo functionality.
This Nintendo Switch red and blue Joy-Con is currently $10 off—not the lowest price ever, but a welcome savings on Mario Day. These are official Nintendo controllers, and work exactly the way you expect—separately for two players, one in each hand, or together as one game controller when attached to a Joy-Con grip.
Not to gush, but this is the future of gaming. It’s an augmented reality (AR) version of Mario Kart—set up a course around your house and then race on your Switch as you see the game through a camera on the very real kart running around your living room, with AI opponents like Bowser competing right on-screen. The course is up to you—set up a simple oval, a figure-8 or even make hairpin turns, and you can play with up to four players if you add more karts (which cost extra). Usually $100, you can save $10 on the set right now for Mario Day.
PowerA’s Joy-Con Charging Dock is hands-down the smartest way to keep your controllers charged. It can handle up to four Joy-Con at once and neatly organizes your gaming zone while keeping all your controllers charged all the time. The Joy-Con slide in and out easily, and there’s an LED indicator to let you know their charge status. Right now, this officially licensed accessory is $6 off, or just $19.
Take your Nintendo Switch on the road? Then you need a carrying case. This one from Orzly is the perfect blend of ruggedness, portability and storage space. It’s a water-resistant hard-shell case that offers great protection from bumps and drops, but has room for extra Joy-Con, cables, up to eight games and more. Best of all, it’s more than half off for Mario Day.
Dave Johnson has been a tech journalist since the days of the Palm Pilot and Windows 95. He’s the author of about three dozen books about tech, digital photography, small