ADDING VIDEO LINK Nintendo & Southwest Airlines Bring Friends, Families and Fun Together for the Holidays

  ADDING VIDEO LINK Nintendo & Southwest Airlines Bring Friends, Families and
  Fun Together for the Holidays

           Mario Surprises Entire Flight with Free Wii U Consoles;
       Wii U Gaming Lounges Unveiled in Six Southwest Airlines Airports

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- November 27, 2013

Watch a video of the Southwest Airlines Wii U console giveaway at

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, passengers on Southwest
Airlines flight 1883 from New ...

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, passengers on Southwest
Airlines flight 1883 from New Orleans to Dallas Love Field celebrate after
learning that the entire flight will receive free Wii U systems on Nov. 26,
2013. Nintendo is partnering with Southwest Airlines to bring Wii U,
Nintendo's newest home console, to terminals across the country to delight
holiday travelers with family-friendly games. (Photo: Business Wire)

Nintendo and Southwest Airlines^® surprised a full flight today, giving every
single Customer on board a free Wii U console. More than 100 passengers on
flight 1883 from New Orleans to Dallas Love Field received Nintendo’s HD video
game system after they were greeted upon arrival by Mario himself. Mario
surprised the Customers with a special announcement during the flight, and
Nintendo and Southwest Airlines representatives were on board to share in the

The surprise kicked off a larger partnership between Nintendo and Southwest
that will bring big smiles to thousands of travelers through the fun and
interactive entertainment of Nintendo video game systems and games during this
busy holiday season. As the official video game partner of Southwest Airlines,
Nintendo is setting up Wii U Gaming Lounges in some of Southwest’s most
heavily trafficked airports between now and Dec. 22. Passengers can pass the
time before boarding by playing Super Mario 3D World and other newly released
games, if their travels take them through the following airports: Dallas Love
Field, Chicago (Midway), Denver, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and St. Louis. Up to four
players can join the fun at each game kiosk for free.

“No one is better than Nintendo and Southwest Airlines at bringing friends,
families and fun together,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s
executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “As Southwest’s video game
partner, our aim is to bring smiles to travelers and Southwest Employees
through the fun of Nintendo video games.”

“Southwest Airlines continues to look for ways to have fun with our Customers
and partnering with Nintendo will do just that,” said Kevin Krone, Southwest
Airlines Chief Marketing Officer. “Much like Southwest, Nintendo delivers
enjoyment and passion and we look forward to bringing the fun to our Customers

Consumers nationwide can also join the fun. Between now and Dec. 25, visitors
to can enter for a chance to win one of 30
prize packages containing a pair of Southwest Airlines roundtrip tickets and
one Wii U system. A new winner will be selected every day. Visit the website
for full rules and details.

The Wii U console brings the innovation of a second screen to the world of
video games, thanks to the touch-screen capabilities of the Wii U GamePad
controller. It plays the latest HD games from Nintendo, and includes social
interaction via Nintendo’s Miiverse. It also plays the full library of Wii
games and is compatible with accessories like the Wii Remote and Wii Balance

With a variety of home consoles and hand-held systems offered at various price
points and a lineup of great games featuring classic characters that can’t be
played anywhere else, Nintendo offers travelers the best entertainment options
to deliver smiles for the holiday season and beyond.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the
content their children can access. For more information about this and other
features, visit

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