Nintendo has released a surprise Direct, celebrating 35 years of its mascot Mario with an array of new game announcements for the Nintendo Switch.
The Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct outlined the company’s plans for Mario up until March 2021, with several announcements and long-rumoured games confirmed:
The Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct showcase also outlined numerous events taking place between now and March 31, 2021. Events mentioned included special online tournaments in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and unique themed furniture coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
It’s unclear why multiple games are only available until March 31, 2021. However, it has been reported that a new enhanced Nintendo Switch model is due to arrive around the same time, suggesting a correlation between the two.
The multiple Mario announcements join Pikmin 3 Deluxe, a port of the Wii U game that is also coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year with new missions, two-player co-op, and quality of life improvements.
In related Nintendo news, the company recently released a Nintendo Partner Showcase, highlighting multiple third-party games coming to the system over the next few months. Titles included were Kingdom Hearts: Melody Of Memory and Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend.
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