Today Nintendo released a special Nintendo Direct out of nowhere, celebrating the Mario 35th Anniversary which has been long rumoured to come out.
The direct is jam-packed with news that will surely delight both oldschool fans of the series, as well as newer fans. I’ll go over each announcement below.
Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros will most likely be the collectors dream. A new Game & Watch handheld that can play Super Mario Bros, the Lost Levels, G&W Ball and a digital clock. It’ll launch on November 13 and is for sure one of the most unexpected things shown in the direct.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury is a remaster of the original game, with added content. The game looks visually great, and fans of the Mario franchise might be surprised to hear that the game will support Online Co-op! The game is set to launch on February 21st, 2021.
Super Mario Bros 35 is a new take on both the classic Mario games… And the Battle Royale genre. Similar to Tetris 99, from the UI and the online-based gameplay loop, the game puts 35 player against each other until only one player remains. The game is launching exclusivley on Nintendo Switch Online on October 1st, 2020.
Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is also a new take on the Mario Kart games. Mixing up AR and RC Cars, with Mario Kart. It actually looks really interesting and continues the trend of Nintendo making peripherals for their titles. The game launches on October 16th.
Super Mario All Stars joins the NES -Nintendo Switch Online collection today. The all star collection has Super Mario Bros, Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Bros 3 and Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels.
And finally, Super Mario 3D All Stars was announced. A collection that has Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. All games have better resolution and will launch on September 18th 2020. Many might be quite shocked about the fact that Mario Galaxy 2 isn’t available in the collection.
However, Nintendo also announced that Super Mario 3D All Stars and Super Mario Bros 35, are both limited releases. Not only physically, but digitally too. The games will only be sold until March 31st 2021, afterwards they’ll be delisted. Its a very strange move, and I’d go as far as to say that it’s… Unheard of.
The reasons as for why they are limited have not been made clear yet, however, at first glance it could be because they have future plans for these games. Like seperate remasters or perhaps, a remake for one of the games?