Nintendo has apparently abandoned plans to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. as its remakes slip to the end of the year.
Multiple sources have long agreed that Nintendo is currently working on remasters or remakes of classic games including Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy but there’s been one little problem: Nintendo has never announced anything.
Many of the rumours suggested that the games were being released, potentially as a Super Mario All-Stars style compilation, to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., but according to one insider that’s no longer happening.
Podcast Nate the Hate already correctly predicted the last two Nintendo Direct videos and claims that the games will now become the Switch’s main Christmas releases.
Supposedly the original plan, as also reported by website VGC, was to announce the games during Nintendo’s traditional E3 Nintendo Direct in June, as a lead into the opening of the Super Nintendo World theme park in Japan.
Thanks to the coronavirus none of those things happened and Nintendo has now gone a whole year without hosting a general Nintendo Direct.
The 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. always did seem a bit random, given 35 isn’t a particularly notable number and Super Mario Bros. is neither the first (or even the second) Mario game and not directly connected to any of the 3D games.
It was first released in Japan on 13 September, which must’ve seemed a useful date at the time, but rumours or not that is now clearly going to be missed.
The exact US release date has been lost to time but is thought to be either sometime around 18 October or 17 November, so it could be that Nintendo will now aim for one of those dates.
Nate the Hate also suggests either early October or sometime in November, with the games coming out alongside a new Mario-themed version of the Switch.
He predicts the announcement will happen this month but that a remaster of Super Mario 3D World, which was also part of the original plan, will be pushed back to January – since Pikmin 3 Deluxe on 30 October has taken the release slot it was originally planned for.
It’s worth pointing out that Nintendo has never acknowledged or even hinted at remasters or remakes for any of these games, although there has been a suspicious amount of tie-in merchandise recently, which celebrates Mario’s history and gives unusual prominence to normally obscure games like Super Mario Sunshine.
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