Posted on April 24, 2008,

Mario Gives Free Cab Rides in NYC

Stephany reported yesterday Mario was going to be in New York City to promote the upcoming release of Mario Kart Wii by offering passing New Yorkers a free cab ride to anywhere in NYC. I decided to head out myself and see what all of the hubbub was about!

I arrived at the hotel 10 minutes before Mario was expected to come out. As I was standing there, I noticed there were 3 or 4 other people obviously waiting for Mario to come out as well. I can pretty much tell who’s a fellow video game journalist. It’s a 6th sense I have.


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At noon, Mario finally emerged with his handler and personal security.


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He posed for the cameras at first, but then it was time to get down to business.


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Here’s Mario giving away the first cab ride. I felt like I needed to comment on Mario’s excellent cab calling ability. But not every cab ride was as smooth as this one.


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All in all, the event was a simple one that I felt not many New Yorkers took advantage of only because I believe they live by the motto “Nothing in life is free”. There were some times during the event I saw a couple of people get in cabs on their own without even approaching Mario to get a free ride.

If you’d like to see all of the videos I took and pictures from the event, feel free to hit either of the links below.

Mario Gives Free Cab Ride 1
Mario Gives Free Cab Ride 2
Mario Gives Free Cab Ride 3
Mario Gives Free Cab Ride 4
Mario Gives Free Cab Ride 5

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7 Comments on Mario Gives Free Cab Rides in NYC

Jonathan

On April 24, 2008 at 4:00 pm

you lucky bastard. i want a picture with Mario. :mrgreen:

Babylinda

On April 24, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Ahh and while I was being tortured by my customers on the phone this is what you were doing! Nice job there buddy! I hate my life!

Jeff

On April 24, 2008 at 10:42 pm

GAHHHHHH I WAS JUST THERE LAST WEEK! MARIO WHY DID YOU HAVE TO COME THIS WEEK AND NOT LAST GAHHHHHHHHH

Steve

On April 25, 2008 at 10:48 am

Nice job.

William

On April 25, 2008 at 11:48 am

Nice photo. Who’s the weird looking guy next to Mario anyway?

mrjuandrful

On April 28, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Wow the steering wheel looks like a glazed donut in Mario’s hamburger helper mitts!

Brandon

On August 22, 2008 at 1:22 pm

That is awsome. Do you know where I can get a Mario costume like that at? My nephue is 12 and has ADHD but He loves Mario with a passion. He dresses as mario every year for Halloween. It would be great if I had costume like that to wear it on his birthday. I think he would be so excited!

Thanks,
Brandon