on September 3, 2020 at 10:53AM PDT
To celebrate Super Mario Bros. turning 35 years old this month, Nintendo has a ton of games releasing for Switch and even an updated handheld device. This includes the rumored Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which includes some of the most acclaimed games of all time, as well as what is essentially a Mario battle royale. If you’ve ever wanted a real Mario Kart course in your house, that’s an option, too. Just keep your cats out of the way.
Releasing before Spring 2021, the Mario games announced during the latest Nintendo Direct presentation celebrate both the classic 2D and the 3D eras. Watch the full video above for additional news on clothing, figures, and events coming to other games to celebrate the anniversary. You’ll even be able to complete My Nintendo challenges for a shot at a free pin set. However, you’ll have to wait to complete the missions, as the final mission is to either take part in a race that hasn’t started yet or purchase an upcoming game!
Super Mario 3D All-Stars includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. These aren’t full-fledged remakes, but they do include enhancements and new features. Super Mario 64 features a higher resolution, rumble-enabled controls on the Joy-Con controllers, and the ability to browse the soundtrack and pick your favorite songs. Super Mario Sunshine includes the same controller and soundtrack features as well as a new 16:9 aspect ratio, and Super Mario Galaxy also gets a resolution bump. One game missing is Super Mario Galaxy 2. Hardcore Nintendo fans are a little disappointed about that omission.
It’s set for a September 18 release date and is available to pre-order now, but will only be on sale for about six months. As a bonus, the original Super Mario All-Stars collection is available today for Nintendo Switch Online. The collection updated the first three games to resemble the 16-bit art style of Super Mario World on the SNES.
An updated version of the terrific Wii U game, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury will feature additional content, including online cooperative play, compared to the previous version and release for Switch on February 12, 2021. There will also be new Cat Mario and Cat Peach Amiibo figures released alongside it. It’s available to pre-order now.
Did Nintendo turn Super Mario Bros. into a battle royale? Yes, it basically did. Only available from October 1 until March 31, 2021, Super Mario Bros. 35 tasks you with being the last Mario remaining in a battle to the death. As you defeat enemies, you will get extra time and can even attack other players. It requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play.
One of Nintendo’s earliest video game devices was the Game & Watch, a line of very simple handheld systems. It’s back for Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros., an updated version that can play the first Super Mario Bros. game. as well as the Lost Levels. It also includes the classic Ball game, functions as a clock, and has some hidden secrets that you can experience for up to eigtht hours between charges. It’s out on November 13 for $50. Pre-orders will be coming soon.
Perhaps the strangest bit of news we saw today, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit lets you use a Nintendo Switch system to race physical carts with custom courses. You can play through a Grand Prix and unlock new costumes as you race with up to three other players. It will be available in Mario and Luigi sets on October 16 for $100. Other players who join you locally will need their own vehicles. As you can see in the image above, you can get creative with actually building your course.
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