Is Super Mario no longer alive? Following Nintendo’s recent announcement of the game’s availability, the internet has erupted with arguments to the contrary. Nintendo stopped shipping physical copies of Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario Bros 35 to retailers on March 31, both of which were released to celebrate the plumber hero’s 35th birthday. Many fans on social media assumed that Mario would not be returning to their consoles anytime soon as a result of this.
Nintendo, on the other hand, has simply stopped distributing physical copies of each of these anniversary edition games to retailers in the United States. These anniversary edition games were only meant to be available for a limited time on the Switch console, which ended on March 31. The other copies of Mario games are also available digitally from Nintendo.
Rumors of a dead Mario start to circulate.
Nintendo published two classic Mario games in September to commemorate the franchise’s 35th anniversary. The first is Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which will be available to those who bought it after March 31. Many who did not buy it online, however, would not be able to add it to their library. Physical copies of the game are still available from retailers while supplies last.
The other game, called Super Mario Bros. 35, will not be playable, except for those who have purchased and downloaded it.“Even if you still have the game downloaded on your Nintendo Switch console, the Super Mario Bros. 35 service will end on March 31st, 2021, and will no longer be playable,” Nintendo says on its website. Similarly, the entire 30th-anniversary range will be discontinued.
The lack of Super Mario Bros. 35 sparked rumors that Nintendo was planning to destroy Mario forever. Many fans took to Twitter to express their sadness over Mario’s departure from the gaming community. According to CNN Business, one Twitter user writes, “Mario dies tomorrow, I’m going to miss him.”
However, only the classic Mario will be removed from the Switch consoles as of today. “Titles like ‘Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury,’ ‘Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit,’ and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online version of ‘Super Mario All-Stars’ will continue to be available on Nintendo eShop and at local retailers beyond March 31st, 2021” according to Nintendo.