A host of new releases (well, updates to old favourites) are coming from Nintendo to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its ubiquitous mascot and everybody’s favourite plumber, Mario.
Great, now I feel old.
First off, they are releasing a new limited edition Super Mario Game & Watch handheld on November 13 that plays Super Mario Bros. 2 in full colour along with an updated Game & Watch style Ball game.
The trailer shows all the details for this new ‘console’:
It’ll be interesting to see if they release more games in this format or (ideally) offer a new handheld that can play multiple Game & Watch titles.
It’s been expected and rumoured for a long time that Nintendo would port a number of the popular Mario titles from their previous consoles to the Switch. They unveiled a triple pack of those titles called Super Mario 3D All-Stars that includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy and my personal favourite, Super Mario Sunshine which I spent many sleepless nights finishing on my Gamecube back in the day.
I was hoping for Super Mario Sunshine to released so the bundling of these three titles in one is actually a really smart move and I can’t wait to play them.
Watch the trailer:
This game will be available on September 18th.
In a surprise move, Nintendo also announced a new way to play Super Mario in a Battle Royale style version with up to 35 players at once! This will be available to all Nintendo Online subscribers for free but only for a limited time.
Nintendo also unveiled a physical remote controlled Mario Kart you control via a Nintendo Switch with your living room as the virtual track in game. This toy/game combo will be available on October 16th.
You can watch the full Nintendo Direct celebrating Mario’s 35th anniversary to all the details of their announcements: