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.