After months of speculation about Mario’s 35th anniversary, Nintendo has finally confirmed some Mario games are in the works. While many speculated there would be a compilation of almost every Mario game in the entire 35 years of Mario’s existence would get packaged into one collection, it looks like that isn’t the case here. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is coming to the Nintendo Switch.
What Games Are Included With Super Mario 3D All-Stars?
If it isn't apparent with the title, the collection will include some of Mario's popular 3D titles. Super Mario 64, released in 1996, follows Mario as he follows an invitation to Princess Peach's castle only to find she has been imprisoned by Bowser. Players follow a limited open-gameplay as they get to pick and choose levels to play while obtaining keys to unlock other castle levels. An enhanced remake of the game was already released on the Nintendo DS in 2004 but will get a better remaster on the Nintendo Switch.
Super Mario Sunshine, released in 2002, on Nintendo's Gamecube takes a different approach to previous titles by not having the main objective be rescuing Princess Peach. Mario is framed for a crime he didn't commit and must spend the game clearing his name so we can escape the island. Super Mario Sunshine was rumored to be the sequel to Super Mario 64 while it was in development, but it ended up being an entirely different title on its own.
Finally, Super Mario Galaxy was released for the Nintendo Wii three years after Super Mario Sunshine and goes back to the plotline of rescuing Princess Peach and defeated Bowser on a universe-level. Super Mario Galaxy had an interesting cooperative mode where two players could control Mario.
All three games will get a remaster for Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
What About The Other 3D Mario Games?
The first thing anyone thought when Super Mario 3D All-Stars thought of was the fate of the other Mario games during Mario's 35th anniversary. One mystery the internet is trying to solve is what happened to Super Mario Galaxy 2? Super Mario Galaxy 2 was another title where Mario must save Princess Peach after inviting him for cake (see a recurring theme here?). Many people are wondering why one of the highest-rated and critically-acclaimed Mario titles isn't being celebrated for the 3D All-Stars collection. There are a number of running internet theories from Nintendo not having enough cartridge space to them, forgetting about the game completely. However, it's unlikely Nintendo forgot about one of its commercially-successful Mario titles.
What About The Original Super Mario All-Stars?
The original Super Mario All-Stars, which included the original Super Mario Bros through Super Marios 3, was made available digitally through the Nintendo Switch Online.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available from September 2020 to March 2021. Unfortunately, it will only be available digitally and for a limited time. There is no word on Super Mario 3D All-Stars' physical release yet, but keep an eye out for scalpers and avoid their predatory behavior at all costs.