Super Mario Bros. Celebrates 35th Anniversary with 3D Collection and Real-Life Mario Kart

The Mario Direct provided a strong mix of classics and innovations for the future of the Mario franchise.


While Nintendo Switch fans may be disappointed that the slow-building trailers didn’t reveal a Mario Kart 9 or Super Mario Odyssey, the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct certainly featured some exciting upcoming games.

Ranging from remastered classics to a classically-Nintendo gaming innovation, here’re all of the best bits from the September 2020 Mario Direct.


Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy coming to the Switch

During a Nintendo Direct that focussed on the greatness of what’s already come from the Super Mario franchise, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the crown jewel of the presentation was the announcement that some much-loved classics are coming to the Nintendo Switch.

What might come as a surprise, however, is that Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy will all be bundled into one convenient game.

The upcoming Switch title, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, sees 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy remastered, now boasting high-resolution graphics, larger screen optimisation, and joy-con compatibility.

Best of all, you won’t have to wait very long to play these iconic platformers, with the Super Mario 3D All-Stars release date being 18 September 2020!

Mario Kart Live brings racing action to your living room floor

Nintendo have never been afraid to try out new technology or implement quirky ideas to produce a unique gaming experience. While it isn’t Mario Kart 9, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit looks to be an exciting addition to Mario’s line of racing titles.

Through the use of the Nintendo Switch, you’ll be able to connect to a physical remote-controlled Mario race car, and as the kart has a camera propped up behind Mario’s head, you’ll race through the lens of the camera around the room.

By placing the provided race gates around the room, as well as some other barriers from around the house, you’ll establish a course for you, other racers with their karts, and the in-game racers to speed around.

If you’ve ever wanted to run an R/C kart through a proper race, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit arrives on 16 October 2020.

Super Mario Bros. gets the Tetris 99 treatment

Following the success of the online battle game Tetris 99, a Mario version was all-but-inevitable. In Super Mario Bros. 35, you’ll be able to use strategies and items to tactically out-run the other 34 people playing the course.

Like Tetris 99 at launch, Super Mario Bros. 35 will be an exclusive title to Nintendo Switch Online members, but it’ll only be available for a limited time.

From 1 October 2020, you can speed-run against your fellow Mario fans in Super Mario Bros. 35, but on 31 March 2021, the game will be closed down.

Kicking it back with a Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch

The original Super Mario Bros. from 1985 is receiving a rerelease: now coming in the form of a special edition Game & Watch.

On the handheld mini-console, the classic title has an additional 35 secrets to discover and is playable in full colour.

You can get your hands on the updated original Super Mario Bros. on the new Game & Watch from 13 November 2020.

Super Mario 3D Worlds comes to the Switch, with an add-on

Like so many truly great games released on the Wii U, Super Mario 3D Worlds was missed by many Mario fans. That said, it did become the second-best-selling title on the system.

Either way, Nintendo is continuing its grand Switch tradition of reviving those lost games for their popular hybrid home console, bringing the incredibly highly-rated, furry multiplayer title to the Nintendo Switch.

Of course, they’re not merely porting the game: Super Mario 3D Worlds on the Switch is to be accompanied by the Bowser’s Fury expansion when it launches on 12 February 2021.

See the full Mario Direct right here!

The 16-minute Nintendo Direct ran through several upcoming game releases as well as a bunch of Super Mario Bros. celebration events across their many existing titles as well as some new merchandise to buy.

So, if you’re an avid Mario gamer, it’s worth checking out the full video below to see all of the upcoming in-theme events – including a Super Mario crossover with Animal Crossing.


Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.

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