Continuing the trend of dropping news completely out of nowhere, Nintendo has just uploaded a roughly 16 minute Direct focused on the 35th anniversary of the Mario series. You can watch the full Direct here:
There was a lot to showcase in this Direct so you can catch the full text summary below in the order that each item appeared in:
- Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. Edition (Releasing November 13th 2020)
- A small Game & Watch portable system that includes the original Super Mario Bros. as well as The Lost Levels. Also includes a unique Mario themed clock and an updated version of the G&W game Ball featuring Mario.
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Releasing February 12th 2021)
- A port of the Wii U's Super Mario 3D World that includes something known as Bowser's Fury. No information has been given on this new feature apart from the teaser at the end of the trailer.
- Super Mario 35 (Releasing October 1st 2020)
- A new Mario VS. game where 35 people compete against each other. Free to Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers and available up until March 31st 2021.
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Releasing October 16th 2020)
- A new Mario Kart game where you can race using RC cars.
- Various Mario events
- Mario themed My Nintendo missions which can get you rewards like an exclusive pin set.
- Mario and Donkey Kong Jr. sprites from the original Mario Kart appearing in Mario Kart Tour (available September 8th).
- Official Mario 35th anniversary merchandise available at the Nintendo World Store in NYC.
- A 35th anniversary speedrun course for Super Mario Maker 2 (Releasing November 2020).
- A Super Mario themed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament (Taking place sometime later this year).
- A Mario-themed Splatfest in Splatoon 2 (Taking place in January 2021).
- Super Mario themed furniture for Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Releasing in March 2021).
- A variety of Mario themed clothes, board games, and other knick knacks from various companies.
- Super Mario All-Stars (Releasing today as part of Nintendo Switch Online)
- The SNES versions of Super Mario Bros. 1-3 as well The Lost Levels (AKA the Japanese version of SMB2)
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Releasing September 18th 2020)
- A three-game collection which includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. Includes new resolutions and a music listener mode.
- Both the physical and digital versions will only be available for a limited time up until March 31st 2021.
Needless to say, fans of the legendary mustachioed plumber have a lot to look forward to in these coming months. Fans can already get started with the Mario 35th Anniversary celebration by trying Super Mario All-Stars which releases today for Nintendo Switch Online members.
Author’s Note: What was your favorite part of the Mario Direct? Which of the three 3D games in the collection are you most excited to play? Also how do you feel about the limited release schedule for 3D All-Stars? Let us know in the comments below!
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