I AM A SUPER MARIO FAN, well, a drop in the ocean of fans of this game from Nintendo.
As I wrote a few days back that Tower Records is collaborating with Nintendo in their 30th Anniversary year for Super Mario franchise to launch a campaign “limited edition Super Mario Bros. x Tower Records Cafe” event going on between June 22 and and July 5, I went to Tower Records Cafe’s are located in Shibuya.
The entrance itself tells you what to expect, a Mario theme around the “No Music No Life”. The retro themed Mario character at entrance also has a giant screen playing in the background Super Mario themed adverts, showcasing the 30th anniversary of the game. Interesting to see the entire entry facade to be Mario-themed, and adding cute Mario pixel art there.
The Cafe is located on the second floor and we took an escalator located on the extreme right of the entrance and were right there at the cafe. Ignoring the Super Mario goods for now, went to the cafe to take a look at the menu there… I wanted my Mario Latte, not had coffee since morning…
Seated at the table, the cafe is a regular cafe with the Mario themed interiors made with a small screen playing Super Mario videos, but other than that the cafe retains its original look. Early in morning the cafe opens at 10:00 a.m. and you can visit it even late until 23:00 in the night.
The menu… OK so its a Mario themed menu, as we expected it. Without any further wait, went for the Mario Latte and a cake separately. If you order a set menu you will qualify to receive a Mario character figure (total 8 characters, Luigi, Princess, Bowser, etc..)
5 minutes and we were served our Mario Latte with a princess character coaster. We also tried the Banana Block Tira Misu with a question mark painted on top of itWe did not try the blue color drink, The Underwater Stage Drink!!!! though…
The character of Mario is drawn in its retro form correctly on top, and I recognised it without any issue, but my wife (no a Mario fan) was like, “hey, this does not look like Mario”..whatever….
I always feel sorry when I disturb the art, but yeah the love the foam of the latte coffee. There we go. The other Tower Cafes have their own unique Mario food, check out the official website Tower’s official website (in Japanese though)
There are total six coffee coasters with various characters drawn on it, I wanted a Mario coaster, but got a princess one. No worries, fine by it. For the characters, we were given the chance to get a random figure ad I got a Luigi!
Hungry, so had more food, with a delicious chocolate cake too.
My seat had a huge Mario character sitting next to me, NICE….
On the way out, do not forget to collect the various goods, Mario themed ones… you can also get free fans featuring Mario. The uchiwa styled plastic fans, are for free, you can just go right up and take one. Awesome freebies during Tokyo’s hot and humid summers.
Some candies too…. all these goods are limited time for 30th anniversary, so these are like serious COLLECTOR items if you plan loooooong..