Numerous sources have leaked Nintendo’s plans to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. this year, with both a collection of classic Super Mario game remasters for Nintendo Switch, other ports of Mario games, and a brand new entry in the Paper Mario RPG series.
As first reported by Venturebeat, Nintendo was set to reveal these games at E3 2020, but with the show cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are currently in the midsts of re-planning their announcement.
The most interesting part of this is the main remaster collection, which is set to include Super Mario 64 from the N64, Super Mario Sunshine from the GameCube and Super Mario Galaxy from the Wii. This would just leave Super Mario Galaxy 2, which is seemingly getting overlooked, and Super Mario 3D World, which is apparently set for a separate Deluxe-style release, as the only 3D Mario games not included.
With the NES and SNES Mario platformers already included in Switch Online, this would mean that practically every premier Mario game would now be on the Switch.
In addition to the platformers, a new Paper Mario game is also set to be announced, with a return to the series’ roots that leaves behind some of the less popular gameplay ideas from the 3DS and Wii U games.
Other Mario-related celebrations will also surely be on the way, possibly tying into the Switch Online game library with more classic games.
When all of this will be announced and released is anybody’s guess, but the original plan was for apparently for an E3 2020 reveal, indicating that the games wouldn’t be coming out until this summer at the earliest. Super Mario Bros. came out back in September 1985, so that could also be a good month for Nintendo to set off some game release fireworks.
Whatever the case, this looks like fantastic news for fans of Mario’s platforming legacy.