Does anyone remember the old Mario Happy Meal website?

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Post #1by threefrogs » 23 Mar 2024, 3:31

I think people who grew up in the early 2000s may remember the "Take the Mario Challenge" Happy Meal toy line that McDonalds had back in September 2006, but I think fewer people remember the website that was made alongside it. It was a Mario-themed website that had a screensaver to download, a sweepstakes to enter to win Mario games, polls to vote in, and most interesting of all, two flash games that were completely original to the website! These games were titled "Mario's Driving Range" and "Jammin' with Mario." There is an archive of it on the Wayback Machine, but the website is mostly nonfunctional as a lot of its features were not archived.

https://web.archive.org/web/20070420010422/http://www.happymeal.com/mario/

As a kid, I remember playing these games, mostly Mario's Driving Range, so I remember that one more vividly. It was a side-scrolling golf-style game where you tried to get points and reach high distances with the ball, from what I remember. Jammin' with Mario was some sort of music maker or rhythm game, but I didn't play that one as much so my memory is more hazy on that one. I remember having Mario's Driving Range saved in my Internet Explorer favorites list, and in my kid mind, if you saved something there, it would be there forever. I was in for a rude awakening several months later when I tried to access the game and found that both it and the website had been taken offline.

Years later, I remembered these games and tried to find information on them, only to find there's very little documentation on either of these games. Other than a blog post and a few forum posts, there's barely any evidence these games ever existed at all! Not even video or screenshots seem to exist for the games! If anyone is interested in helping find backups of the game files, I made a post on the Lost Media Wiki Forums, chronicling my search for the game alongside help from a few users of those forums.

https://forums.lostmediawiki.com/thread/13430/mario-browser-games-mcdonalds-promotion

However, my main purpose for posting this is to see if anyone remembers anything about these games or anything about the website. It would be nice to get more information about this lost Mario content! Did you play these games? Do you remember any of the videos hosted on the site? Did you participate in any of the polls? Did you enter the sweepstakes?

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Post #2by Wohlstand » 23 Mar 2024, 20:44

Hello and welcome! :hi:

Interesting, but probably I didn't met this. I born way before, and my school time was whole 2000s, I met various things, and I am faimilar with many Happy Meal things until some moment when I lost interest on them (became more adult?). I guess, I didn't saw any Mario related stuff in my local McDonald's. :doge:
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