Last year Nintendo released several Mario games to celebrate the mustache mascot’s 35th birthday. However, two of them – Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. 35 – are only available until March 31st. Thereafter, both games will be delisted from the Nintendo Switch eShop and physical copies of Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be out of print. Nobody knows if Nintendo will ever release these titles again.
For Super Mario 3D All-Stars (which combines Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy into one game), you can continue to play the game if you own it physically or digitally. The cassette always works and the digital version can be downloaded again to your switch even after it has been removed from the eShop. While you will no longer be able to purchase the eShop version, you may be able to find boxed copies of Super Mario 3D All-Stars online and in stores – although you may pay more for them. Expect new and used copies to rise in price as soon as Nintendo stops production.
Fortunately, boxed copies of Super Mario 3D All-Stars are slightly discounted at the time of writing. Instead of the normal $ 60, Super Mario 3D All-Stars is available for $ 50 on Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. We don’t know how long this retail price will last (Nintendo games are rarely available for sale). Get a copy now before supplies run out. The digital version is still the full $ 60 in the eShop. If you buy them now, you won’t have to look for an overpriced box copy later.
Unfortunately, this is not the case with the free multiplayer game Super Mario Bros. 35. It will be removed from the eShop on March 31, and Nintendo will shut down the servers immediately. Since the game is only online, you can no longer play it.
For those who haven’t tried it yet, Super Mario Bros. 35 offers a competitive twist on the classic NES Super Mario Bros., where players play through the original levels but every enemy you stomp on goes into someone else’s game Player is sent. The last standing player wins the match. It was launched on October 1, 2020 and was therefore only playable for six months. If you want to try the game, you must download and play it before March 31st.
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Nintendo also released Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury on Switch and added the original Super Mario All-Stars to the collection of free SNES games available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers for Marios 35th, but they will remain available after March 31st.