Mario AR Codes Featured in Japanese eShop Cards

Nintendo is releasing Super Mario themed AR cards onto a new set of prepaid eShop cards. This Japan exclusive allows users to scan the AR cards and play with the Mario figurines in a new Super Mario photo app made specifically for these new additions. Placing two figurines next to each other will cause them to interact, so it will be interesting to see the many combinations that can be made with all six cards.

So far, a total of six different cards have been announced, with the Goomba, Mario, and Peach cards releasing April 23. These include:

  • Goomba
  • Mario
  • Peach
  • Koopa
  • Luigi
  • Bowser


Through the various screens and videos, a Toad and a Bullet Bill have been seen interacting with the already announced cards. Whether these characters are featured somewhere within the six announced cards or if they are part of an unannounced set is currently unknown.


Information regarding whether or not these eShop cards will make it outside of Japan has not yet been revealed. Only time will tell.

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April 3, 2013 3:22 PM

Please make it outside of Japan. This looks awesome!

April 3, 2013 8:07 PM

Man those look awesome! I would seriously buy those prepaid cards just for the AR cards…alright maybe just the least expensive ones. These are cards that add funds to your eShop account, aren’t they? They just come with an AR card?
Regardless, I did notice that the Toad did not have its own card; Toad came out of the ? Mark block card that came with the 3DS system (the one compatible with AR Games).
Really hoping these make it to the U.S.!

April 4, 2013 2:34 PM

I am SO hoping they carry this into the U.S. for us! It looks so cool! And I have a great idea: They could make a special card(s) that comes with every new Mario 3ds game. (They could even make a few for the ones they already made.) If those cards come to us here in the U.S., I am so going to buy some, granted they don’t cost a fortune.

Emmanoel Belo de Souza
April 4, 2013 5:03 PM

if mario and peach meet they will dance of mario will receive ANOTHER kiss on his nose? xD

April 21, 2013 3:35 AM

Wow! Best birthday announcement ever!