Nintendo’s latest experiment with the battle royale genre is Super Mario Bros. 35, a game that takes the template of Tetris 99, and applies it to the classic Super Mario Bros. The game is out now a free digital exclusive Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.
You can download it now via your Nintendo Switch eShop (though you might need to search for ‘mario 35’ on the eShop), or follow these handy links to the game pages at Nintendo:
Almost exactly like Tetris 99, you see all the screens of the other people playing the game alongside your own. You’re playing independently, but can launch attacks at one another by sending the ghosts of defeated enemies to infest the courses that other people are playing. As with all battle royale games, the last player standing wins!
We’ll be going hands on with the game shortly to give you a hot take on how one of Nintendo’s most iconic franchises handles the jump.
The announcement of Super Mario Bros. 35 came alongside the Super Mario 3D All-Stars remaster bundle, which bundled together Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy into a single package for Nintendo Switch to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros. There’s also Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Wrath coming in February, and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, a game that blends playing on Nintendo Switch with racing a physical kart in real life.
Really, that was just scratching the surface of all the Super Mario content announced in early September, with Game & Watch, freebies being thrown into Switch Online, and more on the way. Non-video games collaborations are also ramping up, with Monopoly Super Mario Celebration, Kinder Surprise Super Mario products, and the various LEGO Super Mario sets all out now.