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Kellogg's is an American food manufacturing company. Their various products have hosted several promotions and giveaways involving the Super Mario franchise.

1993 giveaway[edit]

Mockup of a western boxart of Mario & Wario, from a Kellogg's ad.
Mario & Wario boxart featured on the packaging

Starting in 1993, Kellogg's Canada was giving away six thousand copies of several Nintendo games. Customers would have to collect eight game letters (which spelled out "Nintendo" when completed) from Kellogg's cereal boxes and correctly answer a math equation in order to win. The giveaway's deadline was November 30, 1994.

Information about the giveaway on the packaging listed the games being offered, such as Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Yoshi, Yoshi's Cookie, and Yoshi's Safari. Another game listed on the packaging was Mario & Wario with the claim that it was going to be released in 1994, but Mario & Wario was never released outside of Japan.[1]

1995 giveaways[edit]

Between February and March of 1995, Kellogg's and several groceries stores (including Food 4 Less, Harris Teeter, and Piggly Wiggly) across the United States were hosting giveaways. The prizes mostly consisted of Super Nintendo Entertainment System consoles, Game Boys, and several Donkey Kong games. Each location offered a different amount of products and had separate submission deadlines. Customers could submit as many entrees as they wanted, as long as each submission was individually mailed and not mechanically reproduced.[2][3][4][5]

Front of a Donkey Kong Country themed shirt from Kellogg's.
Back of a Donkey Kong Country themed shirt from Kellogg's.
Donkey Kong on the back of a Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal box.
Frosted Mini-Wheats box art

Another giveaway in 1995 was hosted by Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran, Cocoa Krispies, Rice Krispies Treats, and Cinnamon Mini-Buns. Prizes included 250 Zenith televisions; 750 Super Nintendo Entertainment System consoles with Donkey Kong Country; 4,000 Game Boys with Donkey Kong '94; and 5,000 Donkey Kong Country themed baseball caps. Customers could also purchase a shirt for $4.99 with two proofs of purchase from Frosted Mini-Wheats.[6] Nintendo also included a sixteen second long message about the giveaway on their video game hotline, which received 100,000 weekly phone calls at the time.[7]

1996 giveaway[edit]

A Nintendo Power advertisement for Kellogg's Nintendo 64 giveaway.
Nintendo Power advertisement

Starting in 1996, Kellogg's was offering customers various Nintendo 64 related prizes through specially marked cereal boxes. The offer ended on November 30, 1997. Kellogg's also distributed lenticular Super Mario 64 trading cards at the time.[8][9]

Prize Chance of winning Number of items available
Nintendo 64 block party 1:23,247,777 4
Nintendo 64 with a copy of Super Mario 64 1:42,972 2,164
Nintendo Power Super Power Club membership 1:14,530 6,400
Nintendo 64 hologram watch 1:3,875 24,000
Nintendo 64 phone card 1:64 1,463,907

Trading cards[edit]

1999 figurines[edit]

In France, Kellogg's included one figurine of Mario in specially marked boxes of Chocos and Honey Smacks (known in France as Smacks). Chocos had four figurines that could hang from an object while Honey Smacks had four figurines with suction cups.[10][11]

Chocos figurines[edit]

Honey Smacks figurines[edit]

Apple Jacks[edit]

In 1993, Apple Jacks featured strategy maps for Super Mario World on the back of their cereal boxes. There were six maps in total.[12][13]

Cinnamon Mini Buns[edit]

Bowser, a Bullet Bill, Donkey Kong, a Fire Flower, a Fishin' Lakitu with a Mushroom, Link, Mario, Roy Koopa, Samus Aran, two Super Stars, a Wiggler, and Yoshi on a Kellogg's Cinnamon Mini Buns poster from 1993.
Mario and Yoshi avoiding a Bullet Bill in a 1992 Kellogg's Cinnamon Mini Buns commercial.

In 1993, Cinnamon Mini Buns had a mail-in offer of two free Nintendo posters to customers with two proofs of purchase. One poster featured various Super Mario characters and Power-Ups.[14][15]

Cocoa Krispies[edit]

North America[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. and Coco the Monkey on the back of a Cocoa Krispies cereal box.
A Game Boy themed sticker dispenser with stickers of Mario, Coco the Monkey, Donkey Kong, Samus Aran, Wario, Enguarde, and Diddy Kong.
The Choco Island Challenge and the stickers and dispenser

In 1993 or 1994, Cocoa Krispies printed a board game based on Super Mario Kart on the back of their cereal boxes, calling it the "Choco Island Challenge". Players could either play as Donkey Kong Jr. or Coco the Monkey and would flip a coin to determine movement instead of dice. Most of the board spaces had references to Super Mario Kart, such as Lakitu at the finish line.[16]

A second promotion took place in 1995, when Cocoa Krispies distributed thirty Nintendo and Coco the Monkey related stickers per box with a cardboard dispenser resembling a Game Boy.[17]


Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong in a French commercial from 1997 for Kellogg's Choco Pops.
French commercial for the figurines

Kellogg's has hosted two France exclusive promotions involving Cocoa Krispies (known in France as Choco Pops) and the Donkey Kong Country series.

In 1997, Cocoa Krispies included figurines of Cranky Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Donkey Kong, Kiddy Kong, and King K. Rool in their cereal boxes.[18]

Another promotion included Donkey Kong Country themed pogs being distributed in their cereal boxes. The pogs were numbered and every third pog featured Coco the Monkey.[19]


Pogs featuring Donkey Kong Country characters[edit]

Corn Flakes[edit]

Various Super Mario World and Yoshi characters on the back of a Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal box.
Various Super Mario Bros. 3 characters on the back of a Kellogg's corn flakes box.
Board games
The front of a Kellogg's corn flakes box advertising Game Boy themed watches.
The back of a Kellogg's corn flakes box advertising Game Boy themed watches.
Box art and watch commercial
Box art and watch commercial

In 1992, Corn Flakes printed board games on the back of cereal boxes. They were centered around several Nintendo games, including Super Mario World, Yoshi, and Super Mario Bros. 3. Players would glide three coins across the board and whoever had the highest score won.[20]

Another Nintendo promotion from 1992 was when Corn Flakes had a mail-in offer of a Game Boy themed watch. It costed $1.80 and customers required proof of purchase. Mario is featured in a televised commercial for the watch, where he examines one and jumps into it, forming his face on the strap.[21]

Corn Pops[edit]

Ludwig von Koopa in a Kellogg's commercial.
Larry Koopa in a Kellogg's commercial.
Yoshi in a Kellogg's commercial.
Label stickers from Kellogg's featuring Larry Koopa, Ludwig von Koopa, Mario, Super Koopas, and Yoshi.
label stickers

In 1993, specially marked Corn Pops boxes contained label stickers with different Super Mario characters on them.[22] A televised commercial featured clay animations of Larry Koopa, Ludwig von Koopa, and Yoshi showing off their own label stickers.[23]

Froot Loops[edit]

Mario and Toucan Sam in a Kellogg's Froot Loops commercial.
A Froot Loops box promoting Mario Paint, circa 1994
Mario Paint Art Class, part of a Froot Loops promotion from 1994
Offer for a Mario Paint Squeezable Paint Brush, part of a Froot Loops promotion in 1994
Cereal box

In 1994, Froot Loops ran a promotion based on Mario Paint. Customers could order a free Squeezable Paint Brush produced by Mattel through the mail, which came in three different colors and featured either Mario or Toucan Sam.[24]

Frosted Flakes[edit]

Mario on the box art for Kellogg's Frosties.
The back of the Kellogg's Frosties box featuring Mario.
Box art
Mario in a Frosties commercial from 1993.
Commercial from the United Kingdom

In 1993, specially marked Frosted Flakes boxes (known overseas as "Frosties") in the United Kingdom contained one out of 24 trading cards and one out of twelve stickers, the latter having a scratch card on the back. Customers with a winning card could receive a prize. Kellogg's was giving away 1,000 Game Boys; 10,000 shirts; 15,000 sets of five pins; and 20,000 posters.[25][26][27]

A similar promotion was done in Canada around the same time, albeit with significantly less cards and no stickers.[28]

Trading cards featuring Mario (Canada)[edit]

Trading cards and stickers featuring Mario (United Kingdom)[edit]

Miscellaneous merchandise[edit]

Frosted Mini-Wheats[edit]

The front of a Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats box advertising coupons for Nintendo game cartridges.
The back of a Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats box advertising coupons for Nintendo game cartridges.
Box art from 1993

Starting in February 1993,[29] customers could collect Power Points from the back of Frosted Mini-Wheats boxes and get a discount of up to fifteen dollars for certain Nintendo games, including Yoshi and Dr. Mario for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The offer expired on April 30, 1994.

Nelsonic Game Watch[edit]

Main article: Donkey Kong (Nelsonic Game Watch)

Kellogg's was responsible for distributing the Donkey Kong Nelsonic Game Watch. Starting in 1995, customers could receive a watch by sending in an order form, $4.99, and a proof of purchase for any Kellogg's cereal. The offer ended on April 30, 1996.[30]

Super Mario fruit snacks[edit]

Super Mario fruit snacks.  Fruit snacks are shaped like Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, a Star, and a Koopa Troopa Shell.
The original boxart from 2010.

In 2010, Kellogg's began to produce Super Mario fruit snacks. The fruit snacks come in the shapes of Mario, Luigi, a Super Star, Yoshi, Toad, and a Koopa Troopa shell. The fruit snacks have been re-released with different boxart, including a Mario Kart 8 themed box in 2014.

Super Mario Cereal[edit]

Main article: Super Mario Cereal

Super Mario Cereal was first released by Kellogg's on December 11, 2017.[31] It was created to promote Super Mario Odyssey and boxes initially featured an NFC tag compatable with the game.[32]


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