The rumoured Mario Nintendo Direct hit and what a treat it was! In celebration of 35 years of Mario a lot of goodies are headed our way. In case you missed it, check out the Direct here below.
First up is the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. Set for a release on the 13th of November this special system will include Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, a digital clock and Ball (Mario version). The Super Mario Bros. levels can be experienced as single player or as a 2-player game (hand over the console to the second player). And on a fun note the digital clock is said to have 35 different animations!
Next up: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. This enhanced version of Super Mario 3D World will have improved gameplay features like playing using the gyro controls, all the characters running faster and being able to climb even higher using the Super Bell. Best of all local co-op with up to three players and on-line multiplayer!
Along with the release of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury will be two new Amiibo figures: Cat Mario and Cat Peach.
Now an exclusive title for Nintendo Switch Online members, namely Super Mario Bros. 35. Like Tetris 99 you’ll be competing online against (in this case 34) other players. Fun feature: enemies you defeat end up on other player’s courses and theirs end up on yours! This game is playable for a limited time period from the 1st of October 2020 until the 31st of March, 2021.
Would you like to play Mario Kart in real-life? Well, have I got good news for you! Get ready for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit! Drive a real world Mario Kart that you control with your Nintendo Switch and have the kart’s on-board camera display on your Switch or your TV. Create a course in any shape you’d like and start racing. Racing for a release on the 16th of October will be two sets, one with Mario and one with Luigi.
Playable from now for Nintendo Switch Online members will be the Super Mario All-Stars Collection. Originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System way back in 1993. This bundle will feature Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels.
Continuing the All-Stars collections will be the new Super Mario 3D All-Stars. This bundle includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. All of which have been updated with HD graphics and joy-con controls. The soundtracks of all three games is included as well, boasting over 170 tracks to enjoy! Reader take note: set for a release on the 18th of September, this game can only be purchased until the 31st of March 2021. Alongside the digital version there will also be a limited physical release, so make sure you snag one before it disappears!
That was it! Are you feeling the hype train yet? Mario’s 35th anniversary is turning into a wonderful event and I can’t wait to play these games. Yes, I’m ignoring my backlog.