Holiday cheer: Mario will call your parents with your Christmas requests

I;m actually not sure if this newest holiday move from Nintendo is downright genius or downright scary, but either way I’m sure it’ll have an impact. It was announced today that you can visit and check off Nintendo DS items that you want to see under the Christmas tree this holiday. After listing who the person is that you hope to get this gift from, they will receive a personalized call or email from Mario, letting them know that you hope to get a specific gift from them!

This really reminds me of being a kid — handing my mom a very specific list of games that I wanted for Christmas, begging her not to deviate from it, and then somehow ending up with a copy of Friday the 13th for the NES despite all my pleading. WHY, MOM, WHY? 

Of course, if parents have no idea who Mario is, they may be a bit befuddled as to why an Italian plumber is calling to tell them what their son or daughter wants for Christmas.

 Nintendo’s Mario Lends His Voice to Help Holiday Shoppers

If you want people to know what gifts you want for the holidays, you need to speak up. And who better to help you speak up about your love for Nintendo DS™ games than iconic Nintendo video game character Mario™ himself?

Starting today, people can visit and check off the Nintendo DS items they hope to receive for the holidays. After users provide some other fun information, your friend, relative or special someone will receive a voice mail or e-mail with a personalized message from Mario about what Nintendo DS gifts you hope to receive.

To provide even more shopping support, Nintendo’s holiday Web site is there to help both gift-givers and gift-getters streamline their shopping lists, by offering information about Nintendo DS systems and games. To check it out, go to If you’re the one doing the shopping, you can browse through the holiday Web site based on the type of gifts enjoyed by the person you’re shopping for, such as the Mario fan, the music groupie or the puzzle fanatic.

But let’s say you’re the one doing the receiving. The holiday Web site will help you build a wish list and send it as a hint to your loved ones in an e-card with special holiday designs. This feature will be available through the end of December.

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