Nintendo celebrated Super Mario’s 35th anniversary in the best possible way overnight, announcing a tonne of games and experiences around everyone’s favourite plumber. The most popular announcement was the reveal of the long-awaited Super Mario 3D All-Stars which is releasing in just a few weeks on September 18th.
The collection includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy, but there’s some bizarre circumstances surrounding the collection. The first is the fact that it’s only available until March 2021 (both digitally and physically) with the second being that Super Mario Galaxy 2 isn’t included in the collection, which a lot of people aren’t too happy with, given the game is as good, if not better than the original.
It’s fair enough, and honestly the term ‘3D All-Stars’ is being used loosely considering 3D World isn’t included and is getting its own standalone full-priced release, but a lot of people noticed that in the montage following the game’s announcement that saw Nintendo run through every Mario game except Super Mario Galaxy 2, with the company completely bypassing its existence in the Nintendo Direct.
This prompted fans to question whether Nintendo were just going to pretend as though the game doesn’t exist, and thankfully, that’s not the case, given a Tweet from the Super Mario 35th Anniversary account showcases all of the stunning box arts from Mario’s history including Super Mario Galaxy 2. We’re still holding out that we’ll see the game on Switch and give Yoshi the spotlight he deserves.
In all honesty, I’m pretty keen on Super Mario 3D All-Stars. It’s definitely a bit of a bummer that Super Mario 64 hasn’t seen any kind of upgrade, and I do hope that Nintendo remake the game at some point, but I’m still excited to play through the games that shaped my childhood in just a few weeks time.