Nintendo revealed several long-rumored Super Mario games coming to Switch in a surprise Nintendo Direct on Thursday morning, as well as other various Mario-themed products and events, to celebrate the franchise’s 35th anniversary. To watch the full video presentation, visit the official website.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars includes optimized versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy for Nintendo Switch. The game also has an in-game music player mode to play tunes from all three games, both in-game and with the screen turned off. The collection will be available from September 18, 2020, to March 31, 2021, as a limited release.
Similarly, Super Mario All-Stars, the classic Super NES game that includes upgraded versions of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3 with enhanced 16-bit graphics is available now with Nintendo Switch Online.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, created in partnership with Velan Studios, brings the Mario Kart series into the real world with physical Karts. The Kart responds in different ways depending on the race, including boosts in-game and stopping in the real world when hit with an item. Players place gates to create a custom course layout in their home, racing against Koopalings in Grand Prix and unlocking course customizations and costumes for Mario and Luigi. The game also features four player local multiplayer. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is available in a Mario Set or Luigi Set and launches on October 16 for $99.99.
Nintendo is also offering a Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch, a new collectable device inspired by the original Game & Watch Systems first released in 1980. The Game & Watch features a modern +Control Pad and includes classic games, such as Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (known in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2) and a special version of Ball with a Mario makeover. Of course, the Game & Watch also functions as a clock with 35 little touches to discover, including guest appearances from the Mario universe. It launches on November 13 for $49.99.
The long-awaited and rumored Wii U port of Super Mario 3D World has been announced for Nintendo Switch as well and includes a new world called Bowser’s Fury. The enhanced version features co-op gameplay online and through local multiplayer. Additional details about Bowser’s Fury will be revealed later. The game launches on February 12, 2021 and new amiibo figures, Cat Mario and Cat Peach, will release alongside the game.
To everyone’s surprise, Mario is getting its very own battle royale. Super Mario Bros. 35 is a competitive online game where 35 players compete to be the last Mario standing. Defeated enemies will be sent to other players’ courses and players can also activate special items to try to get ahead. Think Tetris 99 but with Mario. The game launches on October 1 as a digital-only exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members. It will be playable until March 31, 2021.
Nintendo is also incorporating Mario into many of its other games over the upcoming months.
By completing Mario-related missions on My Nintendo, fans will be able to earn rewards that include a special anniversary pin set while supplies lasts. The promotion lasts until March 31, 2020. Additionally, historical Mario items and 35th anniversary-themed merchandise will be available for purchase at the Nintendo NY store and the official store website thoughout November.
From September 8 at 11 p.m. PT until September 22 at 11 p.m., Mario Kart Tour will have a Super Mario Kart Tour event with special appearances from Mario and Donkey Kong Jr. from the original SNES Mario Kart.
A 35th anniversary-themed Ninji Speedruns course is coming to Super Mario Maker 2 in November and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have an in-game online tournament using Mario series fighters, stages and items later this year. In addition, next March, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will feature Mario-themed furniture.
Plus, a Mario-themed Splatfest is coming to Splatoon 2 in January 2021. Keychains will also be available as a My Nintendo reward closer to the Splatfest and physical Splatfest t-shirts are available for purchase now. The Splatfest asks fans which power-up they’d rather have: supersizing with a Super Mushroom or becoming invisible with a Super Star.
The celebration isn’t just happening in the world of video games, however. Mario is being celebrated with PUMA RS-Dreamer Super Mario 64 basketball shoes, launching on September 4, Monopoly Super Mario Celebration, Jenga Super Mario, the It’s-a-Me, Mario action figure from JAKKS Pacific, Black Milk Clothing inspired by Mario designs, and the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System and Mario sets.
“We look forward to everyone joining us on a Mario journey 35 years in the making,” said Nintendo of America President, Doug Bowser. “We are marking this significant milestone with a wide variety of games and experiences that all generations of Mario fans from here to the Mushroom Kingdom can enjoy.”
For more information about all games, products and events, visit the official 35th anniversary website.