35 years after the release of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ original, Nintendo celebrates the anniversary with an avalanche of novelties that reformulate the history of your pet. The Japanese company has announced a remarkable number of games and packs that either collect classic titles from the Italian plumber, or are new Mario-themed additions from the company’s successful releases, or are absolutely unclassifiable new pieces of hardware or toys.
To present all the news, Nintendo has launched one of its usual 35th anniversary themed Nintendo Direct where all the games, toys, downloads and even non-Nintendo releases related to this special anniversary have been detailed. These are all the news that celebrate the 35th anniversary of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ (Not the character itself, who as we know was born a few years earlier, with another name and in another game with a gorilla on board).
Super Mario Bros: 35 years jumping on mushrooms
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars (September 18): For a limited time, Switch will receive a collection of remastered versions of three classic Mario games in 3D: ‘Super Mario 64’ (Nintendo 64), ‘Super Mario Sunshine’ (Gamecube) and ‘Super Mario Galaxy’ (Wii), all of them with controls optimized for the latest Nintendo console. This is a small event for lovers of the most retro Mario, as new versions of these plumber games have rarely been played , and certainly never with updated graphics.
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (October 16): The surprise of the Direct has been this toy to build an “analog” Mario Kart circuit. Two authentic karts, piloted by Mario and Luigi, will be able to move through real environments while on the screens of the controls of Switch you can access a game half augmented reality, half traditional ‘Mario Kart’ . The circuits are designed entirely by the players and allow play with three other competitors locally.
- Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. (November 13): A cucada that pays tribute to Nintendo’s first portable success: the legendary Game & Watch of the eighties, which sold 43 million machines around the world . This revamped version of the classic has an updated crosshair and color screen to play the classics ‘Super Mario Bros.’, ‘The Lost Levels’, and a special version of the G&W classic ‘Ball’.
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (February 12, 2021): Improved version of the Wii U original ‘Super Mario 3D World’. This time, it comes with the possibility of playing cooperative online and locally with new levels . The launch also coincides with the arrival of feline amiibo versions of Mario and Peach.
- 35 (October 1): Exclusive competitive downloadable for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers for 35 players and set in the first ‘Super Mario Bros’. Similar to the recent ‘Tetris 99’, players will participate in the same game of Mario, but the enemies that are eliminated will be sent to the competitors, in a battle royale with a retro flavor that will only be available until next March 31.
- Super Mario All-Stars (now available): Improved versions for Switch, but in the SNES style, of ‘Super Mario Bros.’, ‘The Lost Levels’,’ Super Mario Bros. 2 ‘and’ Super Mario Bros. 3 ‘, with 16-bit graphics.
There are also other novelties, such as Mario-themed events for games like ‘Mario Kart Tour’ (a season with Mario and Donkey Kong Jr. from SNES ” Super Mario Kart ‘), ‘ Super Mario Maker 2 ‘ (Ninji time trial inspired by the anniversary), ‘Smash Bros. Ultimate’ (an online themed tournament in November and December), ‘Splatoon 2’ (a Super Mario festival in January 2021) or ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ (furniture inspired by Super Mario).