Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Nintendo Switch out next week, but only till March

Remasters of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy are coming to Switch very soon, but weirdly only for six months.

In a predictably unpredictable move Nintendo has surprise-announced Super Mario 3D All-Stars, the long-rumoured remaster collection of the first three 3D Super Mario games, that will be a key part of their Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary celebrations.

These do seem to be remasters, not full remakes, with relatively few changes beyond higher resolution, widescreen displays (although seemingly not for Super Mario 64), and ‘optimised’ features for the Switch – such as being able to use Joy-Cons for Super Mario Galaxy’s motion controls.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be released on 18 September, but strangely it’ll only be available until the end of March 2021 – with the physical edition being a limited-time only release. What happens to the games after March is a mystery, but that may perhaps hint at a larger collection next year.

As also rumoured, Wii U game Super Mario 3D World is coming to the Switch as well. An updated version called Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury will feature new online and couch co-op options that will be revealed later, as the game’s not being released until 12 February next year.

New Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibo will be launched at the same time, but the means there’ll only be a short window were both Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available at the same time.

For those few months though all the 3D Super Mario games will be available on the Switch except for Super Mario Galaxy 2, which is an odd omission – not least because it’s arguably the best video game ever made.

Strangest of all it’s not included in the compilation of all Super Mario games below, even though things like the Game Boy spin-offs do get a nod.

We’re sure Nintendo didn’t just forget, but whatever they’re planning for the game it wasn’t hinted at today.

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