During its May 2019 Direct, Nintendo announced several bundle deals for pre-ordering Super Mario Maker 2. One, a brand-new game voucher-based deal, was announced as a promotion for pre-ordering Super Mario Maker 2, but it can be used to buy any Switch game. Unfortunately, it’s not very good.
If you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, then for $100 USD you can now buy two Switch Game Vouchers from the Nintendo eShop. With these two vouchers, you can download any two Switch games. For example, you could pre-order Super Mario Maker 2 and buy Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and save $20 USD on the two games’ combined retail price. But considering a Switch Online subscription already costs $20 USD, you don’t actually save money unless you already own a subscription.
This offer is limited-time and ends July 31, so if you want to take advantage of it, don’t wait too long. In a press release, Nintendo revealed vouchers «are redeemable for one year from the date of purchase and don’t have to be used at the same time.» Nintendo hasn’t announced if future games will become eligible for use with the vouchers, such as Pokemon Sword / Shield or Animal Crossing.
There’s also a Super Mario Maker 2 and Nintendo Switch Online Bundle, which goes live in the Nintendo Eshop on June 28. You get both the game and a 12-month individual subscription for $70 USD, which is a $10 USD saving on the typical combined retail price of both. Considering you need an online subscription to play most of Super Mario Maker 2’s modes, it’s not a bad deal for those who have yet to buy a membership and want the upcoming game.
During E3 2019, Nintendo is hosting several esports tournaments: the Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 2019 3v3, and the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2019. All three will be held on June 8. The Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational is the newest of the bunch, and it will pit four members of the Super Mario Maker community against each other in a variety of courses designed by Nintendo’s Treehouse team.
Nintendo also has a pre-recorded E3 2019 Nintendo Direct scheduled for Tuesday, June 11 at 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM BST. Nintendo hasn’t announced which games the Direct will focus on, other than Switch titles scheduled for 2019. Most likely that means Pokemon Sword / Shield or Animal Crossing (or both).