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Super Mario All-Stars 2 Is An Example Of "Too Good To Be True"

Ever since rumors of a Super Mario All-Stars 2 started kicking around, reactions have been mostly positive. Justifiably so – the package allegedly comes with three of Mario’s biggest 3D outings of the past 25 years. Although two of these are admittedly more highly regarded than the other, with Sunshine being the relative ugly duckling for many Mario fans, it’s a collection to be excited about. However, as many rumors have taught us before: this could just be too good to be true.

Very recently, the rumor had come out that the aforementioned Super Mario HD collection would release on the Switch. Three classics of the past 25 years available at our fingertips both on our home screens and on the road. The thought is delightful. The rumor had it that Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy would be heading to Switch later this year in a rounded package. The rumor has yet to be debunked, and some more light has been shed on Nintendo’s June Direct since that hint at the collection’s official announcement.

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Sure, this would be fantastic. Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy are both seen as highlights on their respective consoles, earning high honors in the process. Super Mario Sunshine is less highly regarded by many, but has a following all its own. Further, it is still noted to have great platforming segments. Even so, having all three games available to play at will on Switch is an incredible thought. Who wouldn’t love to revisit some of the most polished 3D platformers of all-time? Much less bask in nostalgia.

The problem is simply this: It’s too good to be true. Putting technicalities aside, the information came out a day before April Fool’s Day, and though the “joke” wasn’t revealed, it’s a bit on-the-nose. Further, these three games in one collection on the Switch is seemingly demanding of the games’ developer, Nintendo. They may have a third-party dev on the ball. However, even on the technical side of things, Mario 64 may fare well on the Switch. Super Mario Sunshine, on the other hand, utilized specialized triggers for different effects with F.L.U.D.D. Moreover, Super Mario Galaxy required the use of the Wii Remote’s pointing functionality and its motion-sensing capability to attack enemies and activate a variety of devices.

These aren’t impossible to overcome, but the costs seemingly outweigh the benefits.

A Mario collection containing these three games would be fantastic. Top-tier titles on their own systems, having the ability to play them all on Switch would almost be spoiling of Nintendo fans. Too good to be true? Yes.

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Lego Super Mario Starter Set & Expansions Detailed

Experience Mario in a new way this August – Lego and Nintendo have announced details about the Lego Super Mario line, including starter and expansion sets (all available on August 1st). The Adventures with Mario starter set can be pre-ordered on the Lego website now for $59.99.

The re-configurable starter set features extra functionality including Mario’s ability to collect virtual coins, emit sounds and make facial expressions, and more.

The starter set connects to sold-separately expansions, including the Piranha Plant Power Slide ($29.99) and Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle ($99.99) sets. According to Lego, the starter set is required to “unlock” the expansions.

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Super Mario Lego Set Pre-Orders Are Live, Release Date And Price Revealed

The high-tech Super Mario Lego set announced in March has been given a release date. You’ll be able to get your hands on it August 1 for $60, and pre-orders are available now. Nintendo also revealed two new expansion sets that will release alongside the starter kit.

The Adventures with Mario Starter Course is a Mario Maker-style assortment of blocks and items that will let people build their own physical Mario levels. A fancy teched-up Mario figure makes noise and displays different colors with LCD screens when he interacts with certain “Action Blocks” in the set. All told, the kit comes with 231 pieces and requires two AAA batteries to power the Mario figure.

Also launching alongside the Lego set is a companion app that will track the Power-Ups and coins a player collects, as well as their progression through different levels.








You’ll also be able to add to your courses with expansion sets. The first two sets, the Piranha Plant Power Slide and Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle, were revealed in a video Nintendo posted to Twitter. Piranha Plant Power Slide will cost $30, while Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle will set you back $100. Both expansion sets will release August 1 as well, but they aren’t available to pre-order just yet.

Lego is throwing in a free gift, the Monty Mole and Super Mushroom expansion set, if you pre-order the starter set from its online store right now.

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Lego Super Mario starter kit, Bowser castle expansion revealed

Nintendo and The Lego Group will launch the Lego Super Mario line on Aug. 1, the companies announced Tuesday. Pre-orders for the Lego Super Mario Starter Course — which is the base for the Lego Super Mario world — opened today. The starter kit will cost $59.99, and Lego is offering a Monty Mole & Super Mushroom expansion set for those that pre-order. The starter kit includes 231 pieces.

The Lego Super Mario Starter Course is essentially at the center of the new line, which lets players build levels and move Mario through them to defeat different enemies. The Mario figure has built-in screens, a speaker, and an accelerometer to give the set it’s game-like feel. Players will be able to build onto the starter kit with different expansion sets, two of which were revealed on Tuesday: the Piranha Power Slide Expansion Set and the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion set. Details on the Monty Mole & Super Mushroom expansion set, included with starter kit pre-orders, remain limited.

Nintendo showcased the two expansions in a video posted to Twitter. The Piranha Plant Power Slide is a smaller kit for $29.99, which adds the iconic plants to the Lego world. Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle kit is exponentially larger and more involved — it’s a boss battle, after all — and will cost $99.99. In previous videos, Lego and Nintendo have shown off other characters, like Bowser Jr. and Yoshi.

Lego said the full line is launching on Aug. 1, but pre-orders are only open for the starter set.

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Super Mario Lego Release Date And Price Revealed

The high-tech Super Mario Lego sets announced in March have been given a release date. You’ll be able to get your hands on them from August 1, with pre-orders for the starter set open soon.

When Nintendo teased a Mario and Lego collaboration back in March, it was unsure whether we’d be getting a Mario-themed Lego set, or a Lego-themed Mario game. As it turns out, it’s a little of both.

New info has been revealed on the Lego sets courtesy of Siliconeera. The Lego Super Mario Adventures With Mario Starter Course is a Mario Maker-style assortment of blocks and items that will let people build their own physical Mario levels. A fancy teched-up Mario figure makes noise and displays different colours with LCD screens when he interacts with certain “Action Blocks” in the set.

Also launching alongside the Lego set is a companion app that will track the Power-Ups and coins a player collects, as well as their progression through different levels.

Two expansion sets have been announced as well, the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set and Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set. Only the initial set will be available for pre-order at first.

The Starter Set will cost $59.99 on release, the Pirahna Plant set will be $29.99 and Bowser’s expansion will cost a whopping $99.99. While the pre-order doesn’t seem to have gone live yet, it should be unlocking shortly at this link.

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Super Smash Bros. fan launches Smashersoap – Daily Esports

A fan of the Super Smash Bros. series has created a Smash-inspired line of soap products. Smashersoap, which was announced through a Twitter video on March 17, officially launched on April 1. The announcement video notes that “this is not a joke,” despite the April Fools’ Day launch.

The idea for Smashersoap arose out of the common perception that members of the Smash community smell bad. Created by a college student from Iowa, this soap brand is made from goat milk. The brand’s website notes that “the soaps will always stay with natural ingredients.” As a result, the website states it will “keep you cool and focused for your next fight.”

In keeping with its Super Smash Bros. theme, every type of soap is loosely based on a Smash Bros. character. The first wave of soaps includes four different soap types. These soaps are satirized versions of Donkey Kong, Falco, Marth, and Jigglypuff. While every bar of soap is the same shape, the color scheme of each is based on its respective character.

While only four types of Smashersoap are currently available, the creator plans to launch many more in the future. Every month, a new set of four soaps will become available for purchase. Eventually, the creator plans to make soaps parodying every single Super Smash Bros. fighter.

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For every bar of soap a player purchases, they will also receive a promotional sticker and a clothespin. The clothespin, dubbed a “nose parry adapter,” jokingly represents a nose plug. It is purportedly supposed to be used when facing an opponent who does not use Smashersoap. In addition to these, the first 100 orders will receive a limited edition holographic sticker.

To coincide with the launch of this new soap brand, the creator has also made a video game called #SoapBros. It is a free-to-play platform fighter, with gameplay unsurprisingly inspired by the Super Smash Bros. series. As new types of soaps become available, they will all have parallel playable characters in #SoapBros.

Super Smash Bros. enthusiasts can purchase their own Smash-inspired bar of soap at the online Smashersoap shop. Currently, products are available at a base price of $7.99, and shipping is restricted to the United States.

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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.

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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).

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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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Super Mario 64, Galaxy, And More Reportedly Getting Switch Remasters

The Nintendo Switch is apparently about to get a hefty serving of Mario, including several classic 3D games from the series’ past and an all-new role-playing game.

Reported by VGC and Eurogamer, Nintendo is planning to release remastered Switch versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario 3D World, and Super Mario Galaxy as part of the franchise’s 35th birthday celebration.

The remastered games would be coming from four different consoles: Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, and Wii U.

Super Mario 3D World will apparently be a Deluxe Edition with new levels, and a Gematsu report also corroborated that Nintendo has a new Paper Mario game in development. The last Paper Mario game was Paper Mario: Color Splash for Wii U, which received a mixed reception when it launched just before the Switch in late 2016.

VGC said the new games are due to be announced as Nintendo shares more details on its Universal projects, including theme parks and its Illumination-produced animated Mario film. Plans for E3 announcements changed after the entire event was canceled, so the official news could be coming soon than initially planned.

Thus far, Nintendo has kept Mario platforming fans busy on Switch with Super Mario Odyssey and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The latter game packs in the New Super Luigi U expansion and a few extra bonus features not found on the Wii U version. Original 2D platformers like Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World are also free to play with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

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Report: Super Mario Galaxy Could Be Coming To Switch

Mario is one of the most iconic characters in video games, so every one of his birthdays is worth celebrating. If recent reports are to be believed, Nintendo may be planning an impressive celebration that includes Switch rereleases of many of Mario’s best games. 

Eurogamer and VideoGamesChronicle reported that Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy will all get rereleases sometime this year. Additionally, Nintendo is working on a new Paper Mario title and a deluxe version of Super Mario 3D World that includes new levels. 

If true, these details are very exciting, but we may also soon hear new details on Nintendo/Universal’s upcoming Mario-themed park as well as the upcoming animated Super Mario Bros. movie.

A few weeks ago, Nintendo announced its partnership with Lego, and it’s possible that was just the beginning for our mustachioed pal. We’ve reached out to Nintendo for further comment.

The original Super Mario Bros. released in Japan on September 13th, 1985, so the 35th anniversary is set for this fall. Hopefully, we’ll hear more soon. 

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Report: Super Mario remasters coming to Nintendo Switch for 35th anniversary

Nintendo will reportedly release most of its Super Mario franchise games on Nintendo Switch this year, according to a new report.

British gaming website Video Game Chronicle reported that Nintendo will celebrate Super Mario’s 35th anniversary by releasing updated versions of “most” of its Super Mario games. No specific games were mentioned, but Eurogamer reported that Super Mario Galaxy is among the remastered titles — “alongside a couple of other 3D Mario favourites.” Both reports suggested a new Paper Mario title will also be released this year, as well as “a Deluxe version of Super Mario 3D World” with a bunch of new levels.

Video Game Chronicle also reported Nintendo will announce new details regarding its Super Nintendo World theme park and an animated Super Mario movie.

The Super Mario series was first introduced in 1985. Nintendo expected to announce its anniversary plans at E3 in June, Video Game Chronicle said. E3 2020 was canceled in March over COVID-19 concerns.

Nintendo has not responded to Polygon’s request for comment before publication time.

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