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Nintendo announces new games for Mario's 35th anniversary


To mark 35 years since the original Super Mario Bros was released in Japan on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo will debut a raft of Mario games – some remastered versions of old classics and some entirely new.

Super Mario Bros 35 is a new multiplayer game in which 35 players compete to be the last Mario standing (or jumping). It will be available from 1 October on the Nintendo Switch console. A new version of Nintendo’s classic 80s Game & Watch will be available from 13 November, which will play both the original Mario game and an updated version of the Game & Watch classic Ball.

Mario over the ages.



Mario over the ages. Photograph: Nintendo

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a collection of three era-defining games – Super Mario 64 (1996), Super Mario Sunshine (2002) and Super Mario Galaxy (2007) – optimised for the Switch. It will be released on 18 September. An enhanced version of Super Mario 3D World will arrive on the console on 12 February. Super Mario All-Stars, a collection of the 2D Mario classics of the 80s and early 90s, launches on Switch on Thursday.

Mario Kart, meanwhile, is being brought into the real world in partnership with Velan Studios in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Players can buy a Mario Kart-themed RC car, set up a course with gates in your house and control it using the Nintendo Switch.

Other Nintendo games, including Splatoon, Smash Bros and Animal Crossing, will be holding Mario-themed in-game events in the coming months. With more than 600m games sold, Mario is Nintendo’s most successful and recognisable series, and the ninth highest-grossing entertainment property of all time.



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