Nintendo is celebrating 35 years of Super Mario Bros. and is donating games, products and activities related to the super plumber to fans. The best news: Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit and Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. will be released later this year, Nintendo has announced. In addition, Cat Mario and his friends will soon be celebrating their debut on Nintendo Switch with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.
It's a rare anniversary that Nintendo is celebrating with its Mario brand in the games industry: 35 years after the title was published in Japan, the hero with the red cap is also playing the leading role in numerous games on Nintendo Switch. One cannot attest to the skipping craftsman's lack of stamina. It shouldn't have been for a long time, the birthday is just one of many intermediate steps up to old age - and even then there is probably no end in sight.
Anniversary video: 16 minutes of fame
Nintendo is giving the plumber and his fans a video presentation to mark the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. In it, Nintendo presents numerous new games, products and activities that revolve around the popular hero.
Fans can look forward to well-known games that are coming to Nintendo Switch for the first time: Super Mario 3D All-Stars offers a revised collection of the three modern Super Mario classics Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. In the new online multiplayer title Super Mario Bros. 35, 35 players compete against each other in the game world of Super Mario Bros. And with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, an expanded version of Super Mario 3D World, which was originally released for Wii U, appears.
The presentation also revealed other diverse products that will appear this year and offer exciting Super Mario experiences: In Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, for example, fans control a real kart with the help of the Nintendo Switch and transform their living room into a Mario Kart Racetrack. The Super NES Super Mario All-Stars game collection, available today to all Nintendo Switch Online members, immerses players in four classic Mario games.
But that's not all: Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. is also a small, portable gaming device in the style of the well-known Game & Watch systems. This contains the games Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros .: The Lost Levels and a Mario version of the Game & Watch game Ball. Mario fans can also celebrate the anniversary with various fun activities in other Nintendo games: So there is a special Super Mario Splatfest taking place in Splatoon 2, for example.
Retro fans will be happy about the nostalgic charm of the collector's item, after all, the device is based on the Game & Watch consoles of the 1980s, which were sold a total of 43 million times worldwide.
The original handheld systems each contained a game and could also be used as a clock. Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. extends the classic design with a modern control pad. It includes the games Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros .: The Lost Levels (published in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2) and a special Mario version of the Game & Watch game Ball playful details and guest appearances by Mario and his friends. And the waiting time? It's not that long: Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. will be released on November 35th.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars also has a lot to offer: Three modern Super Mario classics in one HD collection namely - Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy appear in an optimized version for Nintendo Switch.
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All games have a higher resolution and have been redesigned to offer gamers a particularly smooth gaming experience on Nintendo Switch. Super Mario 3D All-Stars also has an integrated music player mode that allows players to listen to their favorite tracks from the three games at any time - even when the console is in standby mode. Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch family consoles on September 18th. The physical version of the game is available in a limited edition and the digital version will only be available in the Nintendo eShop until the end of March 2021.
Another highlight will be Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Nintendo and Velan Studios are bringing the racing fun of the Mario Kart series to the real world. Players use their Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite to bring a kart “to life” and challenge each other to races.
The kart reacts to the events in the game: it accelerates when there is a surge in speed, and if the players are hit by an item in the game, the kart stops. When designing the track, the players can let their creativity run free: Before the race, they create their own tracks by placing gates as waypoints. In Grand Prix mode, the racing drivers can compete against the Koopalinge and thus unlock new design options for the tracks as well as costumes for Mario and Luigi. They can also deliver heated races with up to three other players in local multiplayer mode. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit will be available from October 16 as a Mario or Luigi model.
Cat Mario ... no more words!
Cat Mario is back - he and his friends are now embarking on an adventure on Nintendo Switch. The revamped version of Super Mario 3D World, originally released for Wii U, lets players experience cooperative multiplayer fun on a range of funky levels both locally and online. Nintendo intends to announce at a later date which additional new content the game offers.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is coming to Nintendo Switch on February 12, 2021. At the same time, Cat Mario and Cat Peach will also be available as new amiibo figures in a double pack.
Until next March everything will be about Super Mario Bros, not only on the screen. Around the anniversary, Nintendo has put together a merch package that is quite impressive. Hasbro's Monopoly - Super Mario Celebration is available in stores worldwide. Super Mario themed Kinder Joy products are also available. Small and "big children" are happy about that LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System Set is now exclusive to LEGO stores. Various other LEGO Super Mario sets are available in stores worldwide, including the Adventures with Mario starter set.
There are also in-game promotions for various games that Nintendo has already announced:
- A special Super Mario Kart Tour event will take place on September 9-22 in Mario Kart Tour, in which Mario (SNES) and Donkey Kong Jr. (SNES) from Super Mario Kart will be honored.
- In the course of the year, historical Super Mario items and products for the 35th anniversary will also appear in the My Nintendo Store.
- Super Mario Maker 2 players can take part in an anniversary-themed Ninji Speedrun in November.
- The anniversary is also celebrated in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: In November and December, an online tournament is all about fighters: inside, stages and items from the Super Mario series.
- In January 2021, Inklinge and Octolinge can answer the following question in a Super Mario Splatfest in Splatoon 2: Which Super Mario item is better - the super mushroom or the super star? Matching key rings will be available as My Nintendo rewards before Splatfest. Special Splatfest t-shirts will also be available in the My Nintendo Store.
- Super Mario-themed furniture will be available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons starting March 2021.
A lot of retro flair comes with the subscription service Nintendo Switch Online. This collection of Super NES classics includes updated versions of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros .: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3 with improved 16-bit graphics. This collection is now available.
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