Mario is officially 35 years old, and while I am not sure if that makes him or I old for knowing him for all these years, I am happy the plumber is still around. Nintendo is also happy and will be showing us for the next 8 months just how happy they are with a slew of special game & memorabilia being release. We saw them all this morning via a special Mario direct which, we are happy to recap for you all below.
Super Mario 3D All Stars Announced
Let's begin with the big announcement right off the bat. After being rumoured for months, we finally got confirmation that Nintendo will indeed be releasing a Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection this fall. The collection will include masterpiece titles Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. Great news with the only negative (albeit a big one) this collection will only be available for purchase until March 31, 2021, then it's gone for good.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Coming to Switch
In another 'not so surprising' announcement, Nintendo also revealed that Super Mario 3D World will also be coming to the Switch. Given a February 21, 2021 release date, it also includes something called Bowser's Fury, but Nintendo hasn't quite revealed what that will end up being. They better include online multiplayer this time!
Super Mario Bros. 35...a mario battle royal game
I am guessing Tetris 99 ended up being a big success for Nintendo as they decided to repeat the trick, but this time with 35 Marios. Super Mario Bros. 35 features 35 players and is a competitive online battle game that will challenge players with being the last Mario standing. The game is exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members and will be available on October 1, 2020.
A New Mario Kart But Not Mario KArt 9 Revealed
Now, this was the only real surprise, and also the weirdest announcement from the direct today. Created in partnership by Nintendo and Velan Studios, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit bring Mario Kart to the real world by letting players race through their own home in this AR experience. The physical kart responds to boosts in-game and stops when hitting with an item.
There were a host of other announcements from the direct that we did not cover above (like the bajillionth way to play the original Super Mario Bros.). As a mega-fan of the Super Mario series, I quite enjoyed this direct despite hoping for more for the Switch's fall line up.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIO!
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