Nintendo Celebrates Mario’s 35th Anniversary With New (Old) Games on the Switch!

Nintendo dropped a surprise Direct this morning, focused on the 35th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros, revealing some long-rumored games.

If you like Super Mario games, then you’re going to love what’s on the horizon for Nintendo Switch. As this year marks the franchise’s 35th Anniversary, rumors of some special games coming to Switch have been swirling since March. Today, however, Nintendo dropped the surprise bomb on us!

There were a number of things revealed (including some special new products/merchandise), but let’s talk about the GAMES to look forward to. Probably the biggest announcement, one fans have been waiting for, is that Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy are coming to Nintendo Switch….All in one package as Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Optimized versions of 3D Mario games Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy are coming to Nintendo Switch in one package. In addition to having higher resolutions than their original versions, the games have been optimized for a smooth gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch. Super Mario 3D All-Stars also includes an in-game music-player mode to play the music and songs from all three games. Players can also listen to music on their Nintendo Switch systems when the screen is off.

Here’s the thing with this one, it’s only be put out as a limited release. So it will be available starting on September 18th (so close!) until March 2021. So you’ll have to buy it within that time period.

The next big game revealed was Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. This brings the Wii U game to the Nintendo Switch while also including some brand new levels and other new stuff with the addition of Bowser’s Fury. This one arrives on February 12, 2021:

Multiplayer mayhem pounces onto Nintendo Switch! This enhanced Super Mario 3D World, which originally launched for the Wii U system, features co-op gameplay both online and through local multiplayer in a variety of creative levels. Additional details about what new things this game has to offer will be revealed later. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury launches for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 12, 2021. New amiibo figures Cat Mario and Cat Peach will also be released at the same time as the game.

If all that isn’t enough for you, there are a couple more things for Switch Online players to look forward to:

Super Mario Bros. 35: Welcome to Super Mario Bros. … with 35 players! In this competitive online battle game, 35 players will compete to be the last Mario standing … or running. Enemies defeated will be sent to other players’ courses, but that also works the other way around! Players can activate special items to try and outpace their opponents. Super Mario Bros. 35 launches on Oct. 1 as a digital-only game exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members. The game will be playable until March 31, 2021.

Super Mario All-Stars: The classic Super NES game that includes upgraded versions of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3 with enhanced 16-bit graphics is joining the catalog of games available with Nintendo Switch Online … later today!

In all, there’s a lot of great Mario gaming coming to the Switch and I couldn’t be more excited. Not only to finally get the chance to replay some of these titles, but have the chance for my kiddos to play them for the first time.

Which of these games are you most excited to pick up for the Switch?