Sorry folks, but Nintendo seems to be sticking with its plan to stop selling a series of games tied to Mario’s 35th anniversary. That includes physical and digital copies of games like Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo reminded fans in their Japanese Twitter account today they have until March 31 to buy 3D stars – the package that contains Super mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, or Super mario galaxy.
The people who bought the games will still have access to them, of course, but Nintendo plans to stop producing the game and will remove it from the Switch eShop. Some physical copies may remain in stores after March, but the package will be formally discontinued at the end of the month.
Similarly, the game Mario Battle Royale Super mario 35 will be discontinued and Nintendo will stop producing its tiny retro handheld, Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.
The announcement tempers expectations, as some fans hoped that Nintendo would be able to make a decision similar to the one it made with the NES Classic and restart production of the product at a later date. However, it now seems less likely.
In an interview with Polygon, Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser explained why the company decided to discontinue the games. According to Bowser, Nintendo added these games as part of a celebration. As such, they were meant to be part of a special moment for the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.
When asked about gamers who bought a Nintendo Switch after March, Bowser said, “Yeah, at this point, the decision was really made around that celebratory feature and look. I can’t talk about plans beyond the end of March. “
While fans in particular find the decision frustrating, especially as the company could keep a digital version of the game on the Nintendo eShop, Bowser emphasized that limited releases won’t be a commonly used strategy by the company, saying it’s just “one [Nintendo] the thought was very unique for the actual anniversary. “