There are weeks when picking a subject for the Kotaku 'Shop Contest is an epic task. Then there are weeks when Nintendo sends out pictures of Mario and Luigi cavorting at McDonald's the day before the new contest starts. Thank you, Nintendo.

Nintendo hosted an event for kids to celebrate the launch of the Mario Kart 8 Happy Meal toys, of which I have already collected three. The toys will be available through July 31, so you've got plenty of time to catch up. In the meantime, let's check out the wonderful photo bounty Nintendo has supplied us.


So many possibilities. I particularly enjoy the one with Mario and Luigi sitting at the table, pretending to eat food. We're I participating in the contest, that's the one I would choose.


But I am not, so it is up to you folks. Make them eat horrible things. Put them in McDonald's locations that weren't pre-cleaned for a photo shoot. There are children in little cars here, people. Who doesn't love children in little cars?

Have fun with this Snacktaku 'Shop Contest crossover, and remember — if your images aren't at least 636 pixels wide, the terrorists have already won.

How To Upload Images — Instructions

1. Create your 'Shop and save it to your desktop. Images must be at least 636 pixels wide. If they aren't, you will be shot.

2. Go to the bottom of this post

3. This brings up a comment window. Click

4. This brings up Click "Choose file" if you're uploading your 'shop from your desktop

5. Alternatively, you can upload the 'Shop to a free image hosting service. I suggest imgur. Then paste the image's URL into the field that says "Image URL." Note: this must be the URL of the image itself, not the page where it is displayed. That means the URL ends in .jpg, .gif, .png, whatever.

6. Add editorial commentary and hit submit and your image will load. If it doesn't, upload the image to imgur and paste the image URL as a comment. I promise I will look at it.

7. Large-size images may not upload properly, though we have seen some big-ass animated .gifs upwards of 5 MB. If you're still having trouble uploading the image, try to keep its longest dimension (horizontal or vertical) under 1000 pixels, or the whole thing under 2 MB.


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