Everything announced in the Super Mario Nintendo Direct
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of Super Mario Bros. on the NES, Nintendo has announced a massive release of revamped and brand new Mario content in its latest Direct. There’s lots to unpack here, so get comfy.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
One of my all-time favourite gaming experiences is Super Mario 64, and if, like me, you’ve been missing Mario in all his 64-bit glory, you’ll be glad to hear he’s making a comeback.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars brings together three iconic Super Mario games: Super Mario 64, GameCube’s Super Mario Sunshine and the Wii’s Super Mario Galaxy. Each game looks just how you remember, albeit with increased resolution, 16:9 screen ratio and joy-con compatibility.
The revamped trio of games will be released in both physical and digital formats on 18 September, but there’s a slight catch – they’re only available until March 2021. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.
Super Mario Bros. 35
If you’ve got a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, chances are you’ve played a game or two of Tetris 99. Well, Super Mario Bros. 35 takes the same battle royale-style format, pitting you against 34 other players in different levels of the iconic game. Expect classic graphics and 8-bit tunes that’ll transport you right back to 1985. It’s available from 1 October, but again, is only playable until the end of March 2021.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Wii U owners will likely remember the multiplayer platformer Super Mario 3D World, which is also getting a remastered version on the Switch, along with DLC Nintendo is calling “Bowser’s Fury”. You’ll have to wait a bit longer for this one though, with a release date of 12 February 2021.
Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.
In yet another blast from the past, Nintendo is releasing a limited edition Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. handheld gaming system. It’s been updated, of course, with a full-colour LCD, but it retains much of the same design and content from the original. You’ll find it in store for $79.95 from 13 November.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Alongside their Super Mario releases, Nintendo is bringing the fun and chaos of Mario Kart into your home – literally – with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Part remote-control karting, part video game, this quirky new title is set for a 16 October release with a price tag of $149.95.