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.
At noon, Mario finally emerged with his handler and personal security.
He posed for the cameras at first, but then it was time to get down to business.
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.
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.