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Mario Kart 7 Has A Boss

By Kevin on Sep 23 2012 06:17 AM
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Earlier this week, on September 20th, I noticed a Tweet from GoNintendo. The Tweet was titled "Boss Coffee Drive Shot and the Mario Kart 7 Pull Back Car & Big Figure Collection." To the unknowing, Boss Coffee might not really mean anything. In fact, it might not even make much sense to most, but seeing those two words immediately captured my attention to the fullest! Boss Coffee is a huge deal here in Japan; a liquid staple that is enjoyed by nearly the entire population here. It's the very first coffee beverage I had the opportunity and privilege to experience once arriving here. Like many other popular things in general, Boss Coffee comes in a huge array of different flavors and types. I've pretty much kept my refrigerator stocked since day one of making the discovery. Most types of Boss Coffee come cold, but you can certainly find them hot as well.

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It's funny because in the stores here, there are cold coolers, and hot coolers. That's pretty neat if you ask me. Anyway, after reading that one Tweet, and eventually clicking on to find the source article, I was pretty much out the door like a fresh bag of popcorn. The source article never stated where to go, but I already had a great idea. My back pack fully-equipped with 3DS systems (I like my coins), phone in hand, and a pocket full of Japanese Yen, I was on my way to find these Mario Kart 7 promos from Boss Coffee. During the entire trek from my apartment to my vehicle, I was reciting a strategic plan, "I'm gonna go this way first, and if they don't have it there, then I'll make my way to Family Mart!" Family Mart is a convenience store in Japan, and probably the most popular one at that. A Family Mart is the equivalent to any other popular convenience store in the United States, without the gas pumps. How many convenience stores do you know of where you can pay your bills?

The first place I stopped, was a local grocery store that's commonly referred to as San-A. "San," in Japanese, means three and "A" refers to the three symbols found on the store's logo. So, in essence, it's "Three A's." I have no idea if this is what the Japanese refer to the store as, and I doubt it, but that's all I've been taught as far as what that store is referred to. I'm hoping that one of my Okinawan friends who read this will correct me on that. Unfortunately, San-A didn't have was I needed. The next place on the agenda was Family Mart! If they didn't have what I was looking for there, then I'd be lost. Family Mart is likely one of the largest Boss Coffee distributors in Japan. Well, at least in Okinawa, Japan it is.

As soon as I walked in, I immediately made my way back to the coffee cooler. With a huge smile on my face, I was most-confident. The coffee cooler was located in the back, at the far end of the store. If I was blind, I could have easily found it. The same thing goes for the other ten or so Family Marts that are located within a five-mile radius of my apartment. I was on a mission. I wasn't just going to buy one of these if I could find them; I was going to buy all of them! My plan was to wipe the store out, kind of like a robbery, using Japanese Yen as my weapon! As I wrapped my greedy digits around the crisp cooler handle, I pulled it open, sensing complete accomplishment. Then, like a pie hitting me square in the face, the goods sat there, staring right at me. It was as if I found the Holy Grail, of all Holy Grails. It's like they were placed there just for me.

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I began filling my arms up, as if collecting firewood, but I soon realized that wasn't going to cut it. I found a nearby basket and began meticulously placing the items side by side. I wasn't finished yet, though. After clearing the entire supply from the cooler, I brought the goods up to the counter where the friendly Family Mart employee was just gaping in aw. I figured she'd be laughing at me, but she wasn't. I had to burst out with a friendly laugh, and a proper greeting to get this party started. Once I laughed, everything just felt right. She was laughing and the other employee working with her began to laugh and snicker as well. I politely asked her if there were more in the back and she ran back to check. If there's one thing I admire about the Japanese, it's their work ethic and diligence. They literally run around while assisting you with needs. Typically, I run along with them, but I waited patiently at the counter with the other employee. No one was going to touch my goods!

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At this point, I didn't really expect her to return with any more of these limited edition promos. And, quite honestly, I was starting to feel a bit like Wario; greedy. Suddenly, I said to myself, "I'm making a rather large purchase on coffee. Why should I be the one feeling guilt for that?" And, at that moment, the feeling of greed immediately vanished. To my surprise, the employee returned with a cardboard case full of more Mario Kart 7 madness; Boss style. At this point, I was in heaven. We were now all laughing so hard, and other shoppers were beginning to peak over to see what the commotion was about. This was just hilarious. Needless to say, I bought all thirty-two cans of the Mario Kart 7 Boss Coffee Drive Shot promo coffees. This really made my day. I might have spent the equivalent of about $40 US Dollars, but this was worth it; every penny right down to the last drop. Bags filled, I proudly made my way back home.

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Basically, what we have here are cans with a clear plastic cap snapped on top. There are two different types of toy figures; 8 pull-back cars and 11 large figures. Each toy is nicely packaged inside its own plastic cap. The pull-back car toys are constructed of hard plastic and they're pretty self-explanatory. All you have to do is slide them back on a hard surface, let go, and watch it zoom down the hallway or kitchen counter. The large figures can be assembled, which makes things even more fun. These are made of semi-flexible hard plastic and rubber. Once assembled, each figure can be fastened to a piece of plastic race track with a small plastic dowel.

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Not only was I lucky enough to participate in this single-day Boss Coffee promotion, but I now have a refrigerator full of  Boss Coffee.

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Comments: 6

I am spazzing out from awesomeness. That is just great!
I wish these would come to america because i would love to them all. I'm gonna go see if there selling them on ebay.
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Only one day? Man, that is just cruel D: Glad to hear that you got your money's worth, though. I would've bought them just for the figures, as I'm not all that interested in coffee. But that'd just be a waste.

View PostLuffyFoxtrot, on 24 September 2012 - 07:42 AM, said:

Only one day? Man, that is just cruel D: Glad to hear that you got your money's worth, though. I would've bought them just for the figures, as I'm not all that interested in coffee. But that'd just be a waste.

Dude, I wouldn't have cared if these things were attached to bottles of rusty nail water. I still would have grabbed them! LOL
Haha, you've got a point there.
I, too, would have grabbed them all regardless to what they were attached to..