A new report claims that Nintendo will be celebrating Super Mario’s 35th anniversary in a big way, with multiple remasters of previous games.
Nintendo has been very quiet over the last several months. While we did get a new Nintendo Direct recently, it focused mostly on titles we already knew about like Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, with no new first party titles in sight.
But this may be the calm before the storm, as a recent report from VGC claims that Nintendo have some big plans for this year, specifically regarding the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.
According to VGC, it has heard from ‘multiple sources’ that Nintendo intend on re-releasing a good chunk of Mario’s back catalogue on the Nintendo Switch. As for which titles, it couldn’t specify.
However, Eurogamer have apparently corroborated the report, claiming that its sources have stated that Super Mario Galaxy is one of these titles, as well as a deluxe version of Super Mario 3D World. This seems plausible as there were rumours of more Wii U games being ported to the Switch earlier this year.
The report also mentions that Nintendo has several other Mario titles planned for release this year, including a brand-new Paper Mario game, which lines-up with another rumour from January that claimed that the series would be returning to its role-playing roots.
Update: Gematsu has pitched in and said it’s heard ‘similar reports’ regarding Super Mario 3D World Deluxe, a new Paper Mario title, and ‘high-definition remasters’ of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy.
VGC added that a Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary event was planned to be part of Nintendo’s E3 presence in June, but this obviously had to be changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Unsurprisingly, Nintendo, at the time of writing, has chosen not to comment on the rumours.
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