Yep, Nintendo is back in the cereal business in the most Nintendo way possible, and as far as taste goes, it’s a great breakfast choice… as long as you can find one at retail value.
What Is It?
Super Mario Cereal is your standard kids’ cereal with frosted corn bits and marshmallows, but it’s more than that, at least when it comes to the packaging.
Why Should I Care?
The key factor with Super Mario Cereal is that it also has Amiibo technology built into the packaging.
While Amiibo aren’t the fad they were a couple years ago, judging from the way Nintendo has handled shortages with their consistently very low number of shipments, there was a good chance they’d end up being hard to find.
And that’s exactly what happened.
First made available in early December, the most reliable way to find a box at a brick and mortar store was to use Brickseek, a site listing daily inventory of goods for department store giants Target and Walmart.
In fact, that’s what I did. I got my box(es) after seeing that my local Walmart had 10 to sell. After looking up and down their huge cereal aisle with nothing to be seen, luck came my way as someone working stock was restocking all the cereal, and I caught a glimpse of the case which had all 10 boxes of the cereal.
Then I bought five. Haters gonna hate.
What Makes It Worth My Time And Money?
Back to the cereal at hand. How’s it taste? It’s a more premium version of Lucky Charms. The non-marshmallow bits are what you’d expect, but the marshmallows are tremendous. The “?” Block, Cappys, and mushrooms all of fruity flavors that give the marshmallow bits a fairly unique taste as compared to all the other marshmallow cereals, and as it did when we were children, it’ll really make you wish the marshmallow-to-cereal ratio was much higher.
As for the Amiibo, like the box says, it’s compatible with Super Mario Odyssey. So what does it do? Simply scanning the box to the Amiibo reader will net you a few coins (likely less than four) or a heart if you’re lucky. If you scan the “delicious Amiibo” (yes, that’s what they classify it as) on Uncle Amiibo, it’ll help track the location of an uncharted Power Moon.
At the end of the day, Super Mario Cereal is a delicious part of a balanced breakfast, but there’s no reason to be spending more than five dollars on it unless you’re an obsessed collector that values it that much.