It really is the best thing when rumors come true. This year, Super Mario hit its 35th anniversary, so discussion has been heavy on whether or not Nintendo would do something special for it. Most signs pointed to some sort of Mario collection for the Switch, bundling together a few of his best outings. Luckily for us (though not luckily for our wallets), this turned out to be the case. Nintendo surprise-dropped a Mario-themed Nintendo Direct out of nowhere this morning to announce several Mario related projects and games in the works. They saved the best announcement for last: Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a bundle package that brings Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy to the Switch.

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Mario fans everywhere are rejoicing right now. While it's awesome enough SM64 is being brought to the Switch, the inclusion of Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy is huge, as both games have never been ported to anything outside of their original platforms (the GameCube and Wii, respectively). As if to add a cherry on top of the proceedings, Nintendo revealed that the package will be released later this month. Curiously, the release is a limited time affair. People looking to buy it can do so digitally or at select retailers up until March 31st, 2021. A rather unfortunate decision, but it's hard to pass the bundle up for what it offers. 3D All-Stars revamps the three Mario outings with higher resolution visuals and optimized gameplay tweaks for the Switch.

3D All-Stars wasn't the only announcement during the Direct, however. Nintendo has a lot in store for Mario fans everywhere. Let's do a quick run-through. First and foremost, the Wii U classic Super Mario 3D World is making its way to Switch early next year. The new version of the game includes 'Bowser's Fury' in the title, which appears to be an expansion to the main game's levels, though no one's quite for sure on that yet. Super Mario All-Stars (not to be confused with 3D All-Stars), is a SNES bundle that contains multiple classic Mario titles in one collection. That nugget releases today (September 3rd), for Switch Online members exclusively. SO members also get access to Super Mario Bros. 35, which is a battle-royale style competitive multiplayer game in the form of the original Super Mario Bros. Last but not least is Mario Kart Live Home Circuit, a unique spin on Mario Kart that utilizes AR technology in conjunction with the Switch to set up a Mario Kart race in any room of your home.

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Phew, did I get all of that? There's a few smaller announcements here and there that you'll want to make sure you catch in the full Direct down below, which clocks in around 16 minutes (though the last 5 are more of a run-through of Mario's history). As far as Super Mario 3D All-Stars goes, the bundle will release both digitally and physically on September 18th for Switch. It's rather odd that Nintendo put a purchase deadline on the collection, and multiple outlets have since tried asking if this means it will be unavailable for purchase after March 31st, 2021. We don't know yet, but it shouldn't be long before Nintendo clarifies (hopefully). In any case, these three titles are some of the best games in Nintendo's history, and certainly shouldn't be missed!

Tanner
Tanner

Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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