Nintendo fans around the world are rejoicing, as we finally received the long-rumored Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct. Coming in at a little over 16 minutes, this presentation revealed many new and upcoming games, products, and events that will celebrated the long-running Super Mario Bros. legacy.
Game &Watch: Super Mario Bros.
The first announcement in the line-up brought back a classic, as a new version of the classic Game & Watch system focusing around the original Super Mario Bros. game will arrive on stores. Not only can you play the classic platformer on the handheld, but it also features a clock with 35 Super Mario Bros.-themed Easter Eggs. On top of that, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and a Mario-themed version of the classic Ball Game & Watch game will also come with the device. The Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. will launch on November 13th, 2020 with limited supply, so keep an eye out!
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
As many have expected for quite some time now, a port of Super Mario 3D World will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch. This version of the game, however, seems to come with a new addition titled Bowser’s Fury. As of now, we have no specific details on this new feature other than a short cutscene. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury releases on February 12th, 2021.
Super Mario Bros. 35
Super Mario Bros. 35 takes the original platformer and converts it into a battle-royale in the vein of Tetris 99. Here, 35 players will play through various Super Mario Bros. levels simultaneously, all while giving each other obstacles and hindrances in order to “be the last Mario standing or running.” Enemies that you defeat will appear on your opponents’ screens as new enemies and vice versa. You can also use items you receive from an item roulette or four built-in strategy options to give yourself an advantage. Super Mario Bros. 35 will arrive for a limited time from October 1st, 2020 to March 31st, 2021 exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online members.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Surprisingly, a trailer revealing one of Nintendo’s new projects showed off a new interactive experience in the Mario Kart series titled Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. From the trailer footage, it appears that players can use the Nintendo Switch to control an actual toy Mario Kart vehicle within their own homes. The vehicle seems to have a built-in camera that displays footage to your Switch while moving to give a first-person view of the action. You and your opponents can also use classic Mario Kart items that will slow down NPC racers or each other’s physical vehicles. Finally, you can create various tracks within the area around you using physical markers and a mode that lets you paint out the track lines using your vehicle. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit will release on October 16th, 2020.
Loads of Mario Events and Rewards
Along with its major titles, Nintendo also took the time to announce a large amount of smaller Mario-themed events and rewards that will take place between now and March 2021. These include special My Nintendo missions that grant various items and goodies, a new Mario Kart Tour event featuring the original Super Mario Kart sprites of Mario and Donkey Kong Jr. as racers, new merchandise for the Nintendo Store, Super Mario-focused events for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2, and Super Mario-themed furniture in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario All-Stars – the collection of all three classic Super Mario Bros. games along with The Lost Levels – will also arrive on the Nintendo Switch. This collection provides updated visuals and audio of all four games and will drop onto the SNES Nintendo Switch Online App later today.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
As the final announcement of the Direct, a new collection of beloved 3D Mario games will come to the Switch in the form of Super Mario 3D All-Stars. These games include Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. Each game within the collection comes with a higher resolution and has been optimized for better gameplay on the Switch. Along with that, a featured Music Player mode will give players access to songs and music from all three games to listen. Super Mario 3D All-Stars will release on September 18th, 2020, with a limited physical edition and digital edition available until the end of March 2021. Preorders will become available on the Nintendo eShop later today.
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