One of the greatest games ever released for the SNES was actually a collection of older games first released on the previous-gen system, the NES. Naturally, we’re talking about Super Mario All-Stars, a reimagining of several classic NES games with improved graphics and sound. Delivering more quality gaming in one cartridge than any of us thought imaginable at the time, it’s no surprise that Nintendo would want to bring that magic back in some way. And what better way than a collection of 3D Mario games?
But when you add in the fact that one major game is seemingly omitted from the collection and that the collection itself will only be available for a limited time period, things start to go downhill. After all, what is Nintendo thinking by leaving out Super Mario Galaxy 2? Perhaps it is a hidden unlockable game? Given the hefty collection of the first All-Stars title, coupled with the fact that the games were somewhat substantially improved, this collection leaves something to be desired. While likely to sell well, the time-limited nature of it plus the omission of one of the best 3D Mario games ever do stick in the side a little.
From Nintendo’s release about the game:
Even when you aren’t playing, you can enjoy the sounds that these worlds (and galaxies!) are so famous for. With three games, modern upgrades, and music-player mode, this collection is filled with fun for both new players and 3D platforming Mario masters. Super Mario™ 3D All-Stars will be available as a limited-run retail edition and a digital edition that is available for a limited time until the end of March 2021. Once the digital edition has been purchased on your Nintendo Account, it can be re-downloaded and played if deleted from your device.Nintendo
Releasing September 18, the game is expected to retail for $59.99, another point of contention for some consumers. All of these complaints aside, we expect this game will sell like gangbusters based on nostalgia and the sheer quality of what is on offer alone.
Gamers can’t also help but wonder if this is a harbinger of things to come from Nintendo. A Zelda collection would be nice, among other things. Perhaps best of all would be the announcement of a new Mario game for the Switch. Given how Nintendo has knocked it out of the park with their latest console, we can’t imagine they will want to let up on the hype train in any way – especially during Mario’s anniversary.
What do you think of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection? Is it something you would be interested in having? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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