To everyone that’s been watching the last few Nintendo Directs hoping to hear any confirmation of the Mario 35th Anniversary rumors, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. The legend of Super Mario 3D All-Stars was revealed to be true, as well as a bunch of other Mario-themed releases, re-releases and anniversary merch. Let’s-a go, woohoo:
Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be released later this month and contain HD versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. Bonuses include a soundtrack feature that will let you play back the games’ tunes. Look for it physically and on the Nintendo eShop September 18.
Super Mario Bros 35 is a competitive version of the original Super Mario Bros with battle royale mechanics very similar to Tetris 99. 35 simultaneous players speed through the game while trying to avoid enemies teleported their way by rivals. The last one standing is the winner. This game releases free for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers October 1.
Super Mario 3D World is not part of Mario 3D All-Stars because it is its own release, and not only that, it looks to be getting some new content. A shot of Cat Mario standing outside a foreboding dwelling was the only hint we got about Bowser’s Fury, the add-on that will be part of this release coming February 12.
The most offbeat Mario-related announcement today was Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, an augmented reality game that uses a real Mario RC Kart to race through your home. The Mario comes fitted with a camera so you can control it through your Switch. Crazy. It’s coming just in time for the holiday season on October 16.
Another physical product was the Super Mario Bros Game & Watch! It has the entire original game, plus The Lost Levels and a Mario-reskinned verson of Ball, plus all the controls you need to play built right in. Unlike traditional G&Ws, this one will use a full-color display. A limited number of units will go on sale November 13.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Nintendo without some head-scratching, totally unnecessary decisions that serve no purpose but to annoy the consumer. Like these:
- Galaxy 2 is not in Super Mario 3D All-Stars. In fact, the video seems to suggest Nintendo has completely forgotten they ever put that game out, as the retrospective at the end never mentions it. Our best hope is that Galaxy 2 is a hidden unlockable, though that has not officially been stated.
- Super Mario Sunshine is in widescreen, but Super Mario 64 is not. There’s a hack out there that proves it can be done.
- You only have six months to pick up Super Mario 3D All-Stars before it’s yanked off the shelves. We’ve got until March 31, 2021, and this goes for the digital version as well. This is the kind of thing scalpers salivate over. If you want a physical, preorder it TODAY. Tomorrow will probably be too late.
- Nintendo will also be pulling Super Mario Bros 35 on March 31, so you won’t even be able to play that one anymore.