Awkwafina features in new Nintendo Switch commercial, reveals love of Donkey Kong Country

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I earnestly am not sure what demographics Nintendo is looking to tap into by using rapper / actor / writer Awkwafina in a Nintendo Switch commercial, but regardless — I’m here for it. The rising star appears in a new commercial where she plays Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and she is utterly enamored with both games. Unfortunately, she loses to a friend online in Mario Kart, meaning that — for some reason — she has to dress up as Toad. And she totally rocks it.

As Awkwafina explained talking to People, her passion for video games is legitimate and not just contrived for a Nintendo Switch-centric paycheck. “As a kid, I was absolutely obsessed with Donkey Kong on the Super Nintendo,” she said, inevitably referencing¬†Donkey Kong Country. “I remember getting my Super Nintendo, and it was the best day of my life. I was at school(;) I couldn’t wait to come home to it. And it was the first game that I was actually good at.” She then said she owned Game Boys and referenced a 3D Mario, presumably Super Mario 64. As such, Awkwafina described being able to partner up with Nintendo for this Switch commercial as “auspicious.”

In these modern times, Awkwafina plays Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with her “little cousins,” even across states, and she likewise appreciates the community aspect of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Amid the pandemic, New Horizons “definitely became a different way to hang out, and stay in touch, and stay connected in a really interesting way that I didn’t really expect at that time. It was a blessing.” We could use more collaborations with Awkwafina and Nintendo Switch.

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!