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Nintendo marks the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. with games, products and in-game events

I’ve been holding my breath for a the 35th Super Mario Anniversary with hopes that the rumored 3D Mario Remaster would include Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario 3D World. Those are the two 3D Mario games that I haven’t had a chance to beat in their entirety, which is a shame, because Super Mario Galaxy 2 seemed excellent for the short time I played it. My wish came half true—sort of.

Super Mario 3D World will be released, but separately from the 3D Mario Remaster. Seems strange at first, but most ported Wii U games to the Switch have been remastered with additional content added, not to mention I never owned a Wii U (along with everyone else) so these games are new to me anyway.

Super Mario Galaxy 2, on the other hand, is nowhere to be seen 😢. The Super Mario 3D Remaster includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. I’ve beat Super Mario 64 at least 3 times over the years and while I’m still amazed at the design of that game for being Nintendo’s first hurray into 3D games, it is showing it’s age. Sunshine was good, but not my favorite. I’m not sure I want to spend my limited gaming time revisiting it. Super Mario Galaxy I remember loving, so I might get it just for a portable version of Galaxy to play on the go.

Those were the two biggest announcements today for me, although, if the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit isn’t gimmicky (it looks real questionable), it could be a ton of fun. Definitely one of those get-it-for-your-neice-because-owning-it-as-a-full-grown-man-child-is-embarrassing type situations.

Finally, I’m always interested in random retro merchandise from Nintendo, so I’m hopeful that will be interesting.

All the announcements can be seen on the Nintendo Direct released today.

Finally, Super Mario 3D Remaster is only going to be available through March 2021—which seems like such an odd choice. I can’t believe that they would remove the games without being able to get them in some other way. Nintendo has dabbled in subscriptions with Nintendo Online, maybe that expands to include some of these remakes? It’s unlikely, but I can’t believe they would put in the porting effort for it to only exist for 6 months.