Back in March, we first began hearing rumours that Nintendo was planning a series of Super Mario remasters and re-releases for the Nintendo Switch in order to celebrate the character's 35th anniversary. Those plans were confirmed today, with Nintendo dropping a surprise Super Mario-focused direct this afternoon.
The biggest piece of news here is the announcement of Super Mario 3D All-Stars. This collection launches on the 18th of September and contains remasters for Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy.
Oddly though, this collection will only be sold for a limited time, with Nintendo announcing a limited run for both physical and digital versions of the game. Physical copies of 3D All-Stars will run until March 2021, while the digital version will be removed from sale in April 2021. Whether or not the games could return after that date remains to be seen.
The other major announcements include Super Mario 3D World and Bowser's Fury for the Nintendo Switch, arriving on the 12th of February 2021. Finally, on October 1st, Nintendo is releasing Super Mario Bros. 35, a ‘battle royale' take on classic 2D Mario platforming, exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.
KitGuru Says: Making this remaster collection a limited-time game is an odd move, but hopefully the games will re-appear individually after that date instead. What did you all think of Nintendo's Mario 35th Anniversary Direct today?