Nintendo's Commercial for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Raises Some Eyebrows

Nintendo's Commercial for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Raises Some Eyebrows

Nintendo knows you're going to play the Switch on the toilet, and it approves.

Since the earliest reveal of the Switch, Nintendo has been careful to demonstrate exactly what the system is: Namely, a machine that transitions from a console to a handheld when you attach two small controllers to the side of the tablet with a now-iconic "snap."

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Nintendo's message of simplicity continues to reign with its UK commercial for Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. In 30 seconds, the ad demonstrates how you can play the game on a TV with a traditional four-player setup, play locally with friends carrying their own Switches, or, er … just play by yourself while using the john.

Reaction to the commercial on reddit and YouTube is equal parts amused and bemused, as Nintendo doesn't hold back with its "play the Switch on the toilet!" message: The ad's opening shot is of buddy playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the throne. It's hard to fault Nintendo for being honest with us, though. Like mobile phones and the 3DS before it, the Switch is going to spend a lot of time in our bathrooms.

The Switch is meant to be shared with more people than your phone or your 3DS, however, so keep those controllers sanitized. The Switch comes out on March 3, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is out on April 28.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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