Thursday morning, Nintendo confirmed longstanding rumors that a set of classic 3D Mario games will be ported to the Switch. As part of a video presentation celebrating Mario’s 35th anniversary, the company announced Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a package including “higher resolution” ports of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy with controls designed specifically for Switch controllers.
While Super Mario 64 was previously emulated on the Wii and Wii U virtual consoles (and heavily modified for a Nintendo DS re-release when that system launched), this is the first time any 3D Mario games have been specifically ported to HD-capable hardware. While Nintendo hasn’t specifically confirmed what “higher resolution” will be supported, Super Mario 64 in particular looks much sharper in provided footage.
Super Mario Sunshine will also be playable in a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio for the first time, and all three games will include a soundtrack that can be played independently of the games running or the Switch screen even being active, Nintendo says.
The new “All-Stars” package is being sold as a “limited production,” Nintendo says, with digital and physical versions only available from Sept. 18 through “approximately” the end of March 2021 for a $60 MSRP.
Separately, Nintendo announced a new port of Super Mario 3D World, an excellent four-player adventure that didn’t get enough attention on the Wii U. The Switch port will include a new online mutiplayer mode and a completely new set of levels entitled Bowser’s Fury. Release is expected Feb. 12, 2021 for $60.
Other products announced as part of Mario’s 35th anniversary celebration today include:
- Super Mario Bros. 35: A 35-player online Battle Royale platformer in the style of Tetris 99. Defeated enemies get sent to opponents’ playfields as players struggle to survive and collect more coins than their opponents. Available free as part of a Nintendo Switch Online membership starting Oct. 1 through the end of March 2021.
- Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.: A $50 collectible in the physical style of Nintendo’s classic pre-Game Boy portables, but with a full color display and playable copies of Super Mario Bros., the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 (a.k.a. “The Lost Levels”), and the Game & Watch Ball game built-in. Launching Nov. 13.
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit: A physical remote-controlled Mario Kart toy controlled by a Nintendo Switch. Players can race around custom AR courses built inside their house and view the kart’s perspective streamed to the Switch screen via a built-in video camera, all while affecting the kart’s performance with virtual items. Available Oct. 16 starting at $100 for a package with one kart and four AR racing gates.
- Super Mario All-Stars: The 16-bit SNES package featuring four classic 2D Mario games will be emulated on Nintendo Switch Online starting today.
In the coming months, Nintendo also plans to bring Mario-themed events and items to games from Animal Crossing to Splatoon 2.