Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and other classic 3D Mario games are coming to the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo confirmed today. The collection has been rumored for months and now looks to be the Switch’s premiere release for the fall season.
The collection, called Super Mario 3D All-Stars is out for Switch on September 18 and includes these three games:
Weirdly, it seems that this release is a short-term thing, as Nintendo noted in a press release today that “a limited production of Super Mario 3D All-Stars launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch family of systems on Sept. 18 and will be available until approximately March 31, 2021.”
Rumors of a Switch collection of 3D Mario games were reported by the website Video Game Chronicle back in March, with the expectation that Nintendo would sell the compilation as part of a 35th anniversary celebration of the Mario franchise. That anniversary happens on September 13.
Normally, Nintendo would have announced a release like this during a Nintendo Direct online showcase or, at latest, during an online event right before the E3 trade show in June. But the covid-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of E3 and, it seems, a radical change to how Nintendo announces games. It hasn’t held a traditional Nintendo Direct since September 4, 2019. While it has run some smaller and/or game-specific online showcases in 2020, its two most recent major Switch releases, Paper Mario: The Origami King and October’s Switch port of the Wii U’s Pikmin 3, were both announced via Tweets and a press release.
Today’s news was part of a longer pre-recorded 16-minute Mario-themed Nintendo Direct. That event also included news of a 35-player Mario game…
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