Wahoo! The new Mario-themed Nintendo Switch is somehow in stock at Amazon — for now

Mike Natale
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The limited-edition bundle includes a console, controllers, dock and carry case. (Photo: Amazon)
The limited-edition bundle includes a console, controllers, dock and carry case. (Photo: Amazon)

For more than four decades, Nintendo has been the name in video games. Even with the occasional misstep (the less said about the Super Mario Bros. movie, the better), Nintendo's whimsical and innovative approach to gaming has helped the company fend off every competitor that tried to dethrone the world's most famous mustachioed plumber.

If you're a fan, act fast, because Amazon has the highly coveted Nintendo Switch in stock. Even better, it's the new limited-release Mario Red & Blue Edition Bundle; that's even rarer than the Radiant Armor in Breath of the Wild. The cult-fave console is already sold out on some sites, so grab it while you can.

The console launched alongside the release of the game Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury - Nintendo Switch, which you can also get right now at Amazon, for $60.

Shop it: Nintendo Switch Mario Red & Blue Edition, $300, amazon.com

The Nintendo Switch sold remarkably well when it first launched in 2017, offering the only major console experience that could be played both on-the-go and at home. But the pandemic and the necessary lockdown measures drove even more consumers — some who hadn't touched a video game since the glory days of Pac-Man — to pick up the popular console.

As a result, the Nintendo Switch has been largely unavailable since the early stages of quarantine, with some physical retailers going so far as to hang "No Switch Available" signs directly beneath their "Must Wear Masks" posters. Shoppers anxious to escape their homes into the magical worlds of Animal Crossing or Zelda's Hyrule kept refreshing windows and calling stores, hoping to catch that Brigadoon-esque moment when the scarce restock finally happened. Well, if you're one of those people, now's the time to pounce.

Shop it: Nintendo Switch Mario Red & Blue Edition, $300, amazon.com

You'll want to take this portable player wherever you go. (Photo: Amazon)
You'll want to take this portable player wherever you go. (Photo: Amazon)

This bundle gives you everything you need to start playing all the most popular current Nintendo titles, from the pulse-pounding racing of Mario Kart 8 to the latest Pokemon adventures, Pokemon Sword + Pokemon Shield, and of course Game of the Year nominee Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Nintendo Switch Console, Joy-Con controllers, and the Nintendo Switch dock all come in the distinct red, while the Joy-Con grip and Joy-Con wrist straps sport the familiar shade of blue that together evoke the colors of Nintendo's most iconic creation, Mario.

You'll also get a Mario-themed carrying case to protect your precious cargo. The Nintendo Switch remains the most affordable current-gen console on the market, with a catalog of titles you can't get anywhere else — and it'll still support the most popular online games like Fortnite and Minecraft.

Shop it: Nintendo Switch Mario Red & Blue Edition, $300, amazon.com

Look closely at the carry case to find Mario's classic overalls, hat, moustache and more. (Photo: Amazon)
Look closely at the carry case to find Mario's classic overalls, hat, moustache and more. (Photo: Amazon)

As you can imagine, Amazon shoppers are hooked. Says one five-star reviewer: "The Switch has made me love gaming again. Platforming, racing, horror, action, adventure, retro, etc...everything is accounted for here. You will never run out of games to play!"

Another shopper says: "The Switch is already one of my favorite consoles I’ve ever owned. As an adult, I’ve been surprised by how much I play it in handheld mode. It’s nice to be able to sneak in some gaming time here and there at work when there is downtime. And I actually find myself playing it in handheld mode pretty often at home when I’m watching football on the weekends."

With demand still incredibly high, it won't be long before these consoles sell out — so don't miss the opportunity to join the global community of Switch players, old and young alike, who are finding new ways to connect in these unique times. In short: Get your hands on the console that helped the world get through quarantine.

Jump on this special edition and you'll be shouting "Wahoo!" in no time.

Shop it: Nintendo Switch Mario Red & Blue Edition, $300, amazon.com

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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