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A Southwest Airlines flight to San Diego just gave everyone onboard free Nintendo Switch consoles

A Southwest Airlines flight to San Diego just gave everyone onboard free Nintendo Switch consoles (Source: Nintendoenthusiast.com)
A Southwest Airlines flight to San Diego just gave everyone onboard free Nintendo Switch consoles (Source: Nintendoenthusiast.com)
Meanwhile, the rest of us peasants are twiddling our thumbs with pretzels and outdated magazines.

When an airliner makes headlines these days, it probably won't be very good news for those involved. We give props to Southwest Airlines for bucking the trend this week by surprising every passenger onboard a recent domestic flight to San Diego a free Nintendo Switch console with a copy of Mario Maker 2 — no strings attached. Nintendo employees purportedly handed everyone their prizes as soon as they got off board.

Aside from just boosting PR, the stunt was also meant to advertise the fact that Southwest Airlines and Nintendo will be teaming up at San Diego Comic Con this weekend to run contests for attendees. As one of the best gaming devices you could take with you when traveling, the partnership makes a lot of sense for both parties.

Nintendo recently announced a Switch Lite and a minor internal refresh of the original Switch design that promises longer battery life than the OG model. We'll likely be hearing even more gaming announcements in the next few days as we move closer to SDCC 2019.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-07-18 (Update: 2019-07-18)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.