Nintendo are going all in when It comes to celebrating 35 years of Super Mario Bros., and the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection, Super Mario 3D World remaster, and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit are only the half of it.
There’s also going to what is essentially a battle royale version of Super Mario Bros. for 35 players, that’s only available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers and works in a similar manner to the excellent Tetris 99.
In Super Mario Bros. 35 the goal is to be the last Mario left by the end of the game, with enemies you defeat being sent to other people’s games and vice versa. It’ll launch on 1 October but will only stay online until 31 March 2021, because Nintendo.
The original Super Mario All-Stars, which includes remastered versions of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3 will also come to Nintendo Switch Online this week – although it seems to be a straight port of the SNES version.
If you want a new way to play Super Mario Bros. then there’s the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros., a brand-new device made in the style of the old school Game & Watch toys.
This has a proper colour screen though, a modern D-pad, and also comes with Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, a new version of Game & Watch game Ball, and a digital watch – which was actually a big deal back in the ‘80s. It’ll be out on 13 November but there’s no indication of price yet.
If you prefer to celebrate your love of Mario through the medium of things you don’t have to pay for then there’ll also be a whole range of Super Mario themed events running from now until the end of March.
That includes a two-week Mario Kart Tour event that adds old-school SNES sprites to the game, a 35th anniversary-themed Ninji Speedrun course for Super Mario Maker 2 in November, in-game tournaments in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and a new Splatfest in Splatoon 2 that starts in January and has physical keychains you can win and T-shirts you can buy.
March will also see the addition of Super Mario-themed furniture to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, surprisingly the first time that Nintendo itself has been referenced in the game.
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