Super Mario All-Stars 2 is new 3D Mario remaster collection for Nintendo Switch
Remasters of Super Mario 64, Mario Sunshine, and Mario Galaxy are apparently being bundled into a single Nintendo Switch compilation.
After months of waiting it’s not Nintendo that has broken the silence about what they’re up to, but a series of leaks, which seem to confirm the company is planning a new remaster compilation.
News began leaking out yesterday, from multiple sources, that Nintendo is planning to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. with remasters or remakes of a number of older 3D games, with Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy (presumably both of them) being mentioned by name.
The details were still a little vague, but now Venturebeat suggests that the games will be released in a single collection, currently referred to internally by Nintendo staff as Super Mario All-Stars 2.
The first Super Mario All-Stars was released for the SNES in 1993 and featured remakes of four NES games with graphics closer to the then contemporary Super Mario World.
The games included were Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (aka the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2, which at that point had never been released in the West), Super Mario Bros. 2 (aka Super Mario USA), and Super Mario Bros. 3.
The new compilation for the Switch may not actually be called Super Mario All-Stars 2 but apparently it will be a spiritual sequel at the very least.
This certainly makes sense, since fans have been calling out for remakes of the earlier 3D games for years, and may also include other, older 2D Mario games (perhaps Super Mario All-Stars 1 itself).
This is in addition, so the rumours claim, to Super Mario 3D World Deluxe and a new Paper Mario game.
Venturebeat claims that the new Paper Mario will be ‘a return to that franchise’s roots’, after several disappointing sequels and a move away from the style of the first two games, which were relatively traditional Japanese role-playing games.
Apparently, the new game is looking to Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door as its primary influence, hopefully in terms of not just the mechanics but the surprisingly wry script.
With so many respected sources reporting variations of the same rumour there seems little doubt that it’s true, with the big question now being when Nintendo will reveal the plans.
Apparently, it had planned a big 35th anniversary event at E3, before it was cancelled, but whether these leaks will advance Nintendo’s plans, for what will now presumably be an online-only reveal, is unclear.
The actual anniversary of Super Mario Bros., in Japan at least, is 13 September. That’s a Sunday this year, so the release date is unlikely to be that, but there seems a good chance it’ll be sometime close.
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