More evidence has emerged that Nintendo is planning a major 35th anniversary celebration for Super Mario Bros., with new Monopoly and Jenga games.
This September will be the 35th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. game on the NES and while they’ve never said anything themselves, there’s mounting evidence that Nintendo is going to make a very big deal out of it.
Rumours have long suggested that they will release remasters, or remakes, of a number of 3D Super Mario games to celebrate the anniversary, as well as a Switch version of Super Mario 3D World.
There’s still no direct evidence of that but fans have spotted listings for promotional merchandise that’s all suddenly appeared at once, including new Mario-themed Monopoly and Jenga.
Neither of them seem to have any kind of 35th anniversary logo on them, but the Monopoly one specifically shows Mario through the ages, and is advertised as a ‘Super Mario Celebration’.
The Monopoly box also features prominent artwork for Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, games that haven’t been referenced in years but are prime amongst those rumoured to be being remastered.
A new clothes line from Uniqlo also has a similar theme, including artwork for both games, and does specifically mention the 35th anniversary.
And then of course there was that amazing Lego NES reveal the other day and the new line of Super Mario interactive Lego.
The only company that hasn’t announced anything official is Nintendo, although fans of website VGC have discovered a new Twitter account dedicated to the anniversary which seems to have been registered by Nintendo themselves.
Nintendo being secretive isn’t at all unusual but what is odd about this is why they’re making such a big fuss about such a random thing as the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.?
It wasn’t the first, or even second, appearance of Mario and considering it’s his 40th anniversary next year (since Donkey Kong first launched in 1981) that would surely have been more appropriate.
The best explanation for what’s going on is that Nintendo didn’t have any other major new Switch games ready for release this year and so this seemed the best way to promote the rumoured remasters.
Which seems a bit overboard but if that’s what it takes to get a remaster of Super Mario 64 then so be it…
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