Nintendo reboots classic Super Mario Bros. games for 35th anniversary

Nintendo is marking 35 years since the original release of the Super Mario Bros. video game in Japan with new updated versions, playable on the Switch console.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a special games bundle marking the anniversary containing updates of three classic games – 1996's Super Mario 64, 2002's Super Mario Sunshine and 2007's Super Mario Galaxy. 

The classic 1996 game, adored by a generation of children in the late 1990s, sees players running around an open-world trying to collect stars during various missions, while the other two games put the gameplay on a tropical island and far-off planets. 

As part of the new package, all three games feature updated HD graphics, controls adapted to the Switch's Joy-Con and an in-game music-player mode to play the original music. 

Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which is retailing for £49.99 and is available to pre-order now, launches for the Nintendo Switch on September 18 as both a download and physical cartridge. 

Nintendo has also announced a new augmented reality version of Mario Kart that overlays gameplay on a gamer's surroundings, such as a living room.

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35 years since the launch of the original Super Mario Bros. game for the NES console in Japan, the beloved character is starring in new games on the Nintendo Switch system

35 years since the launch of the original Super Mario Bros. game for the NES console in Japan, the beloved character is starring in new games on the Nintendo Switch system

'Mario has come a long way since jumping on that first Goomba in World 1-1 of the original Super Mario Bros. game,' the gaming giant said in a statement.

'Now, 35 years since the launch of that game in Japan, he is starring in new games on the Nintendo Switch system.

'In addition to having higher resolutions than their original versions, the games have been optimised for a smooth gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch.'  

A physical version of the game is available on a limited basis, while the digital version will be sold on the Switch eShop for the same price until March 31 next year. 

'Owners can still play its entire contents after this date has passed, and can also redownload it from Nintendo eShop if the software has been archived,' Nintendo said.      

Screenshot from Super Mario 64. The classic game, adored by a generation of children in the 1990s, sees players running around an open-world trying to collect stars during various missions

Screenshot from Super Mario 64. The classic game, adored by a generation of children in the 1990s, sees players running around an open-world trying to collect stars during various missions

SUPER MARIO 3D ALL-STARS: THREE CLASSIC GAMES IN ONE

Super Mario 64

Year: 1996

Console: Nintendo 64

Nintendo says: 'Super Mario 64 marked Mario’s glorious debut into the world of 3D.

'Mario has a huge repertoire of moves, including running, jumping, swimming, stomping and punching, and performing a backward somersault that can help him reach even the highest platforms.'

Super Mario Sunshine

Year: 2002

Console: GameCube

Nintendo says: 'Run, leap, bounce, slide and climb your way around an impossible expansive and utterly beautiful 3D world, soaking up the glorious sun.'

Super Mario Galaxy

Year: 2007

Console: Wii

Nintendo says: 'Mario blasts off on an intergalactic quest to help Rosalina and save Princess Peach from Bowser’s assault of astronomical proportions.' 

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In a video presentation, Nintendo detailed many more games, products and in-game events that are all arriving for the 35th anniversary.   

One of the most exciting Super Mario games launching this year is Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which comes with an actual physical kart, driven by a toy Mario or Luigi figure. 

The karts have an-inbuilt camera on top of them, which projects the gamer's surroundings onto the Switch screen and augments it with Mario Kart gameplay. 

Nintendo is also launching an updated version augmented reality version of Mario Kart that overlays gameplay on a gamer's surroundings

Nintendo is also launching an updated version augmented reality version of Mario Kart that overlays gameplay on a gamer's surroundings

The £100 game, which is now available to pre-order for release on October 16, brings 'the fun of the Mario Kart series to the real world' on Nintendo Switch, according to the company. 

'The physical kart responds to boosts in-game and in the real world, stops when hit with an item and can be affected in different ways depending on the race,' Nintendo said. 

'Players place gates to create a custom course layout in their home, where the only limit is their imagination.'     

Other new releases include Super Mario Bros. 35, a 35-player online battle in the world of the original Super Mario Bros. game.

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, meanwhile, offers an enhanced version of the Super Mario 3D World game that originally launched on Wii U back in 2013. 

Nintendo has also launched an update of the classic game compilation – 1993's Super Mario All-Stars that was originally available on the old Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

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