Nintendo Gift Giving and Super Mario Kart Deluxe 8 Racing with Awkwafina

Awkwafina might not be Nora Lum’s given name, but making a name for herself is something that she has done extremely well! Nintendo recently invited me to do an interview while playing Super Mario Kart 8 and I cannot imagine saying no to an offer like that! They sent a few goodies for our play time and I was so excited play for work!

Awkwafina,playing nintendo switch
Awkwafina, playing Nintendo switch

You know I am all about women empowerment and this is certainly a moment where I was star struck and also disarmed by Nora’s charm and wit. She was casual, welcoming, kind, and by no surprise incredibly funny.

With this being a Nintendo sponsored event we talked a lot about Nintendo, but first I want to tell you a little bit more about her.

Did you know that Awkwafina is the first woman of asian descent to be awarded a Golden Globe award for best actress? She also has starred in many films that make you laugh and wrap you in the story line. Like in July 2019, Awkwafina was cast as Katy in Marvel Studios‘ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, alongside actors Simu Liu and Tony Leung Chiu-wai.

My kids know her best as the voice of  Sisu the dragon in the Disney animated film Raya and the Last Dragon, which was released on March 5, 2021. Awkwafina improvised much of her dialogue for the film, which drew comparisons to Robin Williams‘s performance as the Genie in Aladdin. (source via Wikipedia)

Camille Walker plays Mario Kart Deluxe 8 for Nintendo
Awkwafina and Camille Walker play Mario Kart Deluxe 8 for Nintendo

In short, her talents are in no short supply, so my first question to her was to know if she has always had the ambition of being an actor.

She replied by saying, “I never imagined this would be my life, I grew up wanting to be good at drawing! I always knew I wanted to make people laugh!”

She confessed that her favorite Nintendo game growing up were Donkey Kong games.

We were able to play about 5 rounds of Mario Kart Deluxe 8 and reminisced as a group how we all grew up loving playing Mario Kart and enjoying the new renditions that continue to improve and stay true to the nostalgia we knew as kids.

I LOVE playing Mario Kart because it doesn’t matter how old you are, it is a game that is fun for EVERYONE. Truly, that is why I love Nintendo so much. I know that any of my children could pick up a game to play and I would know that it is appropriate, safe, and fun for any age.

I also have a confession of falling IN LOVE with Animal Crossing. It is a game that on the surface may seem like pleasure only, but it teaches a lot more than that. I also love that it is such an easy thing to bring in the car for long car rides.


*You learn how to borrow from a bank, work hard, and pay off debt. (This is a concept that is part of play from the beginning introducing the importance of working off debt as well as saving for increase in the future.)

*Learn about stocks and savings accounts as you trade Turnips once a week with a special visitor.

*Social skills: the more you “talk” with the island residents and treat them well you increase your points as well as experiencing gift giving from them as well.

*You can also enjoy exploration not only with virtual islands surrounding your own, but also with people you know who play the game that you can visit as well!

Nintendo is releasing updates to Animal Crossing and as soon as they do I will let you know what is coming!

Here is a list of some of my favorite Nintendo gifts for this upcoming holiday season:

Nintendo Switch (This is best for multi-player fun)

Can you transfer stored content from a regular Switch console to the Switch Lite?


I do this often (multiple times a day!). One of the games I play the most has Cloud Save as a feature, which allows me to access my saved file from both my Switch console and my Switch Lite seamlessly. 

Can I Nintendo Switch play online with WiFi???

Answer:To answer your question. Yes. It connects to wifi internet connection. Nintendo have a 12 months online play for $20. You can play games online and play classic NES games that are available in the store NES app. Very low price, easy and simple. 

Nintendo Switch Lite

This is what I use and I love it! It does not have detachable remotes, but you can play with others that have Nintendo Switches or Nintendo Lites.

Is Nintendo Switch Lite compatible with all games?

Answer: Look at the back of the case for a Switch game and look for the handheld icon and if it supports it. The games that will not work with Switch Lite include

  • Super Mario Party.
  • 1-2-Switch.
  • Nintendo Labo/LaboVR.
  • Just Dance (any version)
  • Fitness Boxing.
  • Ring Fit Adventure.
  • Surgeon Simulator CPR.

Nintendo Switch Games We LOVE

Animal Crossing New Horizons

Game Builder Garage

Wario Ware: Get it Together

Mario Kart Deluxe 8

Mario Party Superstars (Pre-order)

Mario Kart LIVE

Nintendo Games 2022 I am so excited about!

Nintendo Switch Just Dance 2022

Mario Party Superstars

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain

So grateful for my chance to get to know Awkwafina (Nora) better and learn about her heart! She modestly lost the rounds of Mario Kart when I KNOW she let us all win on purpose. I can’t be convinced otherwise! Thank you Nintendo for this opportunity!

What Nintendo game did you grow up with and love? My favorite? DR. Mario!

Grab the entire Nintendo Holiday Line up HERE!

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