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Nintendo Will Reportedly Remaster/Re-Release “Most of Super Mario’s 35 Year Back Catalogue” for the Switch!

Video Games ChronicleMultiple sources have told VGC that the platform holder is planning to hold an event to coincide with this year’s anniversary, which marks 35 years since the start of the mainline Super Mario series in 1985.

As part of its anniversary celebrations, Nintendo will reveal plans to re-release most of Super Mario’s 35-year back catalogue this year, remastered for Nintendo Switch, VGC was told.

As VGC’s network partner Eurogamer reported in a follow-up to our story, these remasters will include 1997’s Super Mario 64, 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine and 2007’s Super Mario Galaxy.

Nintendo will also release several other Mario titles in 2020, including a new instalment in the Paper Mario series and a Deluxe version of 2013’s Super Mario 3D World.

LETS GO! Finally some good news after all the doom and gloom we hear all day every day on the TV right now. If theres one thing thats gotten a lot of us through the Quarantine (get off your cross, I know), it’s been video games. All the money I’ve saved from not going out has gone right back into buying new video games. However, one thing Papa Giorgio and I constantly bitch about is how Nintendo is just sitting on a gold mine of IP at a perfect time in history when everyone is home all day and refuses to open the Disney Vaults. You know how much money I would spend re-buying old Nintendo games if they just ported them to Switch? A lot.

So now comes this report that Nintendo is apparently planning to not only re-release, but *remaster* “most of Super Mario’s 35 year back catalogue.” Porting a game is great, but for Nintendo to go back and actually remaster an old favorite is WELL worth my $60 bucks.

Just the other day I pulled my N64 out of the closet and, after about 10 minutes of furiously trying to connect technology that was never meant to be connected, I hooked it up to my flatscreen TV.

Now a remastered Mario 64 would be incredible, but there’s also a ton of Mario games I missed over the years because Switch was the first Nintendo system I actually bought since N64. So the bevy of titles from Gamecube, Wii, and Wii U is the real gold coin here.

Just think of all the Mario games this could potentially include? There’s obviously a laundry list of titles, but lets run through the most likely candidates from any Mario game that was on a console. The titles in bold were ones mentioned in VGC or Eurogamer’s report as specific games to expect.

  • Super Mario 64 – N64
  • Paper Mario – N64
  • Super Mario Sunshine – Gamecube
  • Super Mario Galaxy – Wii
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Wii
  • New Super Mario Bros – Wii
  • New Super Mario Bros U – Wii U
  • Super Mario 3D World – Wii U
  • Super Mario Maker Wii U

That’s a list of console games pre-Nintendo Switch, not including handheld games or anything prior to N64. A lot of the NES and SNES Mario games you can play right now with Nintendo Switch Online too.

However, as we saw with 2019’s The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Nintendo is not against remastering even old Game Boy games.

So if Nintendo wants to really get nuts, there are a TON of Mario titles to pick from over the last 35 years. Aside from some of the heavy hitters mentioned above, there is one game that I think we all desperately need back in our lives. Yup, thats right. Mario Golf.

Which Mario game do you want to see remastered for Nintendo Switch?

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