Nintendo announced a plethora of Super Mario re-releases, new games and other products during a Nintendo Direct presentation Thursday to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario.
The 16-minute video event, which was posted Thursday morning, announced a limited-time Super Mario battle royale-style game titled Super Mario 35; Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a Nintendo Switch collection including Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy; a Mario Kart alternate reality experience; and more.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars capped off the event and was the highlight of the experience for fans of the previous generations' 3D platformers. Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64, Super Mario Sunshine for the GameCube and Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii will be part of the collection, which is scheduled to launch Sept. 18. The collection brings three of the most iconic games in the Super Mario catalog to the Nintendo Switch five days after the official 35th anniversary of the Super Mario franchise. The game is scheduled to be available until March 31, 2021, according to the presentation.
Super Mario 35 will also be available until that date, exclusively through Nintendo Switch Online services, and is scheduled to launch Oct. 1. The 35-person battle royale-style game pits players against one another in a race through Super Mario levels. Players can target opponents with defeated enemies and use power-ups to get a boost and race for the finish line. The game has a similar aesthetic to Tetris 99, another battle royale-style take on a classic that is already available on the Switch.
Nintendo also revealed a new Game & Watch release that will play the original Super Mario Bros. and the Lost Levels edition (released as Super Mario 2 in Japan) that will be available Nov. 13. Super Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury, a re-release of a Wii U version platformer with additional content, will be available on Switch on Feb. 12.
The event also revealed some of Nintendo's usual outside-the-box thinking in the form of AR products and new merchandise partnerships to celebrate the 35th year of Mario. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a new Mario Kart experience where players can create their own courses in your home with controllable toy Karts and course parts. The video showed kids in a living room racing the toys on their Switch as their characters zoomed around the living room through physical checkpoints that were programmed in the Switch. This title is scheduled to release on Oct. 16.
Partnerships with Puma for Mario-themed footwear, BlackMilk for a Super Mario clothing line and the currently available Super Mario Celebration Monopoly edition were also showcased, among other products.
September marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the original Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System (known as the Famicom in Japan). The game was released in Japan on Sept. 13, 1985.