Watch as Nintendo Surprises Everyone on a Southwest Flight

Nintendo, a staple brand in our lives, sent us the NEW Nintendo 3DS in a special edition, super white, for Christmas! This cute design features Mushroom Kingdom characters and imagery and is available as of Nov 25th. While our’s is under the tree ready for an excited little girl on Christmas, one Southwest Airlines flight turned into a digital playground featuring Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS.

Special Edition WHITE 3DS

 It began as just another typical flight, but minutes after takeoff, the passengers on Southwest® flight #2482 on Wednesday, Dec. 14, found themselves immersed in the world of Mario. As they cruised past 10,000 feet in the air, the voice of Nintendo’s iconic Mario announced a big early holiday surprise for all the passengers. Quickly all were presented with a free New Nintendo 3DS XL system to take home, along with a voucher to download the recently launched Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS game for free from Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo reps helped the passengers play and create side-scrolling 2D Mario courses on the portable system, which make great travel companions during the busy holiday travel season. Among those lucky passengers offering in-flight game tips was iJustine, a Nintendo fan and YouTube celebrity whose followers measure in the millions. And once the flight landed in Los Angeles, Mario himself was waiting to welcome them at the gate.

“With Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, everyone can enjoy a nearly limitless supply of side-scrolling 2D Mario courses anytime, anywhere,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “You’re not only playing a game – you’re helping design it. Nintendo 3DS owners are getting to experience Mario play in an entirely new way.”

“At Southwest, we’re passionate about making connections and taking part in some of the most important moments in our customers’ lives,” says Linda Rutherford, Vice President, Chief Communication Officer for Southwest Airlines. “Bringing this fun Nintendo activation onboard our flight is a great way to kick off the season of giving and celebrate those moments with friends and family.”

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Nintendo surprises passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas Love Field to Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 14. In the air, actress and YouTube celebrity iJustine helped passengers play and create Super Mario levels using Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. Passengers received a New Nintendo 3DS XL system and a voucher to download Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS from Nintendo eShop. From Dec. 16, 2016 through Jan. 14, 2017, everyone can get in on the fun and enter the Say Yes to Nintendo 3DS sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to NYC and Nintendo prize packages. (Photo: Business Wire)
Nintendo surprises passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas Love Field to Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. (Carlos Delgado/AP Images for Nintendo of America)

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS features 100 built-in courses, and also allows entry to recommended courses from the Super Mario Maker game on the Wii U console. In addition, courses designed for Nintendo 3DS can be shared with other players via the system’s StreetPass feature and local wireless. Nintendo 3DS systems provide a fun escape for travelers on the go – adults and kids can play games to stay entertained during long flights or layovers. The systems are always ready to go anywhere travelers want to go.

The flight was the first leg of a Say Yes to Nintendo 3DS promotion with Southwest Airlines that runs from Dec. 16 through Jan. 14 and is open to U.S. residents who are at least 14 years old. Just in time for the holidays, prizes will include Nintendo 3DS hardware and games. While dozens of entrants will receive prizes, one lucky Grand Prize winner will be awarded a trip to New York for up to four people, roundtrip air travel on Southwest for four, a four-night hotel stay, plus a personal shopping spree at the Nintendo NY store.

To enter the sweepstakes, visit during the promotion period and follow the links and instructions to submit the registration form*.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. Nintendo 3DS players who register a Nintendo Network ID (NNID) get access to free-to-start games, including Pokémon games; the ability to download and play a variety of free game demos from Nintendo eShop; and exclusive offers and the latest news directly from Nintendo. For more information about other features, visit

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 48 CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (EXCLUDING FL, NY AND RI) AGE 19 YEARS OR OLDER. Void in AK, FL, HI, NY, PR, RI and where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 1/15/17. For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit Sponsor: Southwest Airlines Co., 2702 Love Field Drive, Dallas, TX 75235.

We did receive a new Nintendo 3DS