Nintendo and Hallmark have had a nice partnership going over the past few years in which the former licenses characters to the latter for its line of Keepsake Ornaments. That partnership continues this year with the reveal of new ornaments featuring Mario, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Yoshi and even tributes to game hardware with a Legend of Zelda game pak and the Nintendo Entertainment Console itself. Open your wallets and purses because this holiday season isn't going to be cheap.
Recall hours spent sitting in your bean bag chair parked in front of the television, video game controller in hand. Nothing mattered except defeating Bowser and ultimately completing the entire "Super Mario Bros." game. Relive the care-free fun when you display this classic Nintendo Entertainment System console Christmas tree ornament that lights up and plays the familiar music and sounds of the iconic video game (battery-operated). Magic Light and Sound Christmas tree ornament. Press the button on the ornament to see the power light illuminate and hear sounds from the "Super Mario Bros." game. Requires three (3) LR44 batteries, included. Artist crafted by Rodney Gentry, this Keepsake Ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2020 in copyright. Plastic Christmas tree ornament is lead-free and measures 3.8" W x 1.8" H x 2.8" D.
Yoshi releases in July, while the others are coming in October. My mother started me on collecting Keepsake Ornaments when I was a young teenager with our annual purchase of Star Trek ornaments. Each holiday we would buy the new starship and the new character ornament. That tradition has mushroomed into an annual purchase of all kind of ornaments as Hallmark licenses my favorite properties like Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Gremlins. Now with so many Nintendo ornaments in the mix, I think I'm going to need more display space. I love the look of the 8-bit characters and the go-karting Yoshi matches up with the go-karting Mario ornament previously released, but I think I'm most excited about the light-up Nintendo Entertainment System. The sculpt on this ornament is so detailed that it includes the connection ports on the back of the console. There aren't any photos of the underside, but I wonder if they went the extra mile and included the expansion port.