This morning Nintendo unveiled their Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct. It was certainly filled with more awesome Mario stuff than you can shake a plunger at. However, if you’re a big fan like me, you’re going to need a second stimulus check to afford it all. Here’s a Super Mario Bros 35th Anniversary Direct recap.
– Game and Watch: Super Mario Bros. (November 13th) $49.99
This retro-inspired handheld is fun because it lets you play Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, a Mario version of Ball, and has a digital clock with 35 little touches. It’s very tempting because I always wanted a Game and Watch when I was young.
– Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (October 16th) $99.99
These are cool because they’re remote control Mario Kart toys that turn your living room into an augmented reality track. This looks cool, but I’m going to need a bigger house.
– Super Mario Bros. 35 (October 1st)
If Dr. Mario was the offspring of Mario and Tetris, then this digital-only game is their grandchild. You essentially play Tetris but with Mario levels. I love competitive ways to play Super Mario Bros but it’s weird that it will only be playable until March, 31st.
-Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (February 12th)
This enhanced Super Mario 3D World is neat because it allows you to play multiplayer online. Supposedly, other new gameplay features will be announced later. New amiibo figures will also come out at the same time.
– Super Mario All-Stars pack (Now)
This SNES title is now available on Nintendo Switch Online. It includes remastered versions of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3. It sounds like a great deal, but I’ve never been a fan of the update. I’ve always preferred the originals because the new graphics change gameplay.
– The Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection (September 18th)
This direct got us excited at All Everything Entertainment because they finally announced the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection. Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy will be released as a collection. They will also all be optimized for the Switch.
– Super Mario Events
It’s a celebration so Super Smash Bros., Super Mario Maker 2, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons will all host Mario themed events. However, I’m most excited about Splatoon 2’s Super Mario-themed Splatfest in January.
It wouldn’t be a Super Mario Bros 35th Anniversary Direct recap without mentioning the tons of Mario themed merchandise released online, in Nintendo shops, and through third parties. The Mario Legos look cool, but I’d rather the PUMA RS-Dreamer Super Mario 64’s.