No new mainline Mario game for the SMB 35th anniversary

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by: Hairball

There had been a lot of fanfare for the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary this year. The long confirmed rumours of a 3D Mario remake bundle was finally confirmed with the announcement of Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

No new mainline Mario game for the SMB 35th anniversary

In addition, we see a port of Super Mario 3D World for the Nintendo Switch, which will be bundled with Bowser's Fury in a package creatively named Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury.

These two games were speculated for much of 2020, so to see their confirmation is not a surprise.

Also in the announcement, Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES has been added to Nintendo Switch Online, and Super Mario Bros. 35 will also be added to Nintendo Switch Online, basically a SMB version of Tetris 99 where you race through Mario stages with other players.

Unfortunately, there wasn't any new mainline Mario game announced for the Nintendo Switch. There is no Super Mario Odyssey 2, and also no new 2D Mario game coming as of yet. The 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. will mostly be celebrated with ports and remakes as a retroactive look back to the past.

The last time we had an event like this, was the Year of Luigi back in 2013. It brought us Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for the 3DS and Super Luigi U for the Wii U, we had these two new games.

Mario is Nintendo's biggest superstar, at least there could have been something truly "new" coming out for the Nintendo Switch, instead of remakes after remakes. It is quite a pity we won't get to truly celebrate this occasion with a brand new mainline Mario feature title!

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