Super Mario News Abounds in 35th Anniversary Direct

Following months of online rumors and speculation, Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct presentation yesterday confirmed that Super Mario 3D All-Stars is heading to the Switch—a packaged version of beloved Super Mario 3D games from the Nintendo 64, GameCube, and Wii.

The games will feature updated visuals and will only be available in a limited production run. Here’s the details straight from Nintendo:

Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Optimized versions of 3D Mario games Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy are coming to Nintendo Switch in one package. In addition to having higher resolutions than their original versions, the games have been optimized for a smooth gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch. Super Mario 3D All-Stars also includes an in-game music-player mode to play the music and songs from all three games. Players can also listen to music on their Nintendo Switch systems when the screen is off. A limited production of Super Mario 3D All-Stars launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch family of systems on Sept. 18 and will be available until approximately March 31, 2021.

In addition, an “enhanced” version Super Mario 3D World will be heading our way packaged with Bowser’s Fury:

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury: Multiplayer mayhem pounces onto Nintendo Switch! This enhanced Super Mario 3D World, which originally launched for the Wii U system, features co-op gameplay both online* and through local multiplayer in a variety of creative levels. Additional details about what new things this game has to offer will be revealed later. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury launches for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 12, 2021. New amiibo figures Cat Mario and Cat Peach will also be released at the same time as the game.

But that’s not all! We recommend watching the Direct to hear everything (and enjoy the hype visuals), but some additional highlights include:

  • Super Mario Bros. 35: A limited-time Super Mario Bros game with 35 players! “Welcome to Super Mario Bros. … with 35 players! In this competitive online battle game, 35 players will compete to be the last Mario standing … or running. Enemies defeated will be sent to other players’ courses, but that also works the other way around! Players can activate special items to try and outpace their opponents. Super Mario Bros. 35 launches on Oct. 1 as a digital-only game exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members.The game will be playable until March 31, 2021.”
  • Special Super Mario Anniversary Events: From now until March 2021, there are many events to mark the 35thanniversary of Super Mario. By completing Super Mario related missions on My Nintendo, fans will have an opportunity to earn rewards, including a special pin set. Pins are available while supplies last. This promotion lasts until March 31, 2021. Learn more by visiting the official website. From Sept. 8 at 11 p.m. PT until Sept. 22 at 11 p.m. PT, Mario Kart Tour will have a Super Mario Kart Tour event, with special appearances by Mario (Super NES) and Donkey Kong Jr. (Super NES) from the original Super Mario Kart game.
  • Limited Edition Super Mario products in collaboration with numerous brands: From PUMA shoes to Black Milk Clothing (, Mario will be hitting retailer shelves/websites in full force from now until… well, supplies last.

And if you’ve made it this far, here’s some fun news you can pounce on now—Super Mario All-Stars is actually available with Nintendo Switch Online as of yesterday. Be sure to watch the Direct for even more Mario anniversary news!


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