Southwest passengers surprised with Nintendo Switch gaming systems en route to Comic-Con
Some lucky Southwest travelers on their way to Comic-Con got a pleasant surprise on Wednesday when their flight was turned into a gaming den.
Passengers on flight 2246 from Dallas to San Diego, the host city of this weekend’s annual Comic-Con convention, received the Nintendo Switch gaming system so they could play a travel-themed version of “Super Mario Maker 2” called “Southwest Super Sky Challenge.”
Later, they were given their own gaming consoles to keep. (The full Switch system, which can toggle between home and portable use, retails for $299; the handheld-only Lite version costs $199.99.)
When the plane landed in San Diego, Mario himself was there to greet passengers and pose for photos.
Super Mario surprised Southwest Passengers traveling from Dallas to San Diego Wednesday. (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images for Nintendo)
The flight kicked off a month-long giveaway running through Aug. 13. One grand winner gets four roundtrip airfare tickets, Switch gaming systems and download codes for the game. And each day of the contest, one person can enter to win their own Switch and a download code.
“Together, Southwest and Nintendo continue to elevate the ways in which we connect to our Customers’ passions, bringing families together over shared memories that will last,” said Brandy King, Southwest’s communications director, in a press release.
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