Nintendo has doubled down on its removal of select Mario products at the end of March, including Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
First reported by Nintendo Life, Nintendo’s official Twitter account has warned people that the “Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary” will end on March 31st. With the end of the campaign, a number of popular Mario products will no longer be available to purchase physically or digitally, the most popular being Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
Also disappearing into the void is Super Mario Bros. 35, a battle-royale style version of the original Super Mario Bros which takes 35 players and pits them against each other to see who can last the longest. Nintendo will also be discontinuing a bunch of merchandise as well as the Super Mario Bros Game & Watch handheld system.
As Nintendo Life points out, many had been hoping that the immense popularity of Super Mario 3D All-Stars would have reversed Nintendo’s decision to pull the game at the end of the month. The game sold phenomenally well upon release, outselling other massive Nintendo properties such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Mario Maker 2.
Nintendo keeping to its original decision and still delisting the game after the amount of success and revenue it’s pulled in is truly bizarre. Many are predicting that Nintendo will likely release each game included in the collection onto the eShop separately at some point in the future, capitalizing on those that may only want one of the three games included.
Alas, Nintendo is being as stubborn as usual and will be delisting Super Mario 3D All-Stars at the end of the month, so now’s your last chance to buy it. You’ll likely still be able to purchase the game second-hand after March 31st, but the rise in scalping over the past year will probably mean you’ll be shelling out more than the game’s retail price. Nintendo products are massive targets for scalpers too, so make sure you buy it now if you still want a copy before it becomes too much of a collector’s item.
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