Super Mario All-Stars hitting North America Dec. 12

Nintendo announces pre-Christmas stateside release for $30 limited edition pack that includes Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3, Lost Levels.

This fall marks the 25th anniversary of Nintendo's hugely popular Super Mario Bros. franchise. To celebrate, the company last week announced new Mario anniversary Wii and DS system bundles. Now, the company stated its plans to offer a new Mario software bundle.

Mario is a quarter-century old and still kickin' it.

Nintendo today announced that Super Mario All-Stars will release in North America on December 12. The $30 limited edition pack contains four classic Super Mario Bros. titles, as well as a commemorative art booklet and soundtrack CD. It is currently available in Japan.

The four titles included in the bundle are Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3. All four bundled titles feature "updated graphics" and "enhanced sound."

The soundtrack CD, dubbed Super Mario History, is a collection of music and sound effects from the mustachioed-plumber's virtual history. Specifically, the disc features music ranging from the original Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario Galaxy 2, which was released earlier this year. In addition, the soundtrack will contain the "first official release" of the "Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme," the memorable tune from the original Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario All-Stars will also come with an art book. The 32-page Super Mario History book contains interviews, concept art, behind-the-scenes details on the history of Mario, and "never-before-seen design sketches."

Those interested in learning more about the 25th anniversary of Mario can head to a commemorative website Nintendo recently launched, Mario.25.Nintendo.com.

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xrtlop
xrtlop

Oh god, I need to pre-order this right now. :/

lightning_kf
lightning_kf

@Fantasy_Dragon True, this sounds more like a collector's edition than anything else. I played the hell out of the SNES remakes and Super Mario World when they were on one cartridge so this would bring back memories for me.

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

Every negative post on here is "I already own it!".."Why isn't (random mario game) on there?!" Probably because they are already available for purchase on the VC. Why would Nintendo re-package a game that is already available for purchase? Because they owe it to you? It's about the $$$$ people. They know they can get extra cashflow for SMB A-Stars since it's not on the VC.

jsurfer200
jsurfer200

@Lazay727 While you are right about the Virtual Console thing, there is almost no way you can get this game and an SNES for $30. I am in the market for an SNES and the cheapest one I have been able to find online is $30. (and as high as $50) and as for the game, the cheapest I can find it is $15 As far as buying the games on virtual console, that is $21 not $15 (there are 4 games, and one is $6) and while it is cheaper that way, it also requires internet access. I don't know about where you live, but I know a lot of people who can only get dial up where they live. For them is would be worth it (albeit annoying) to shell out an extra $10 to get them on a disk. Plus, it is not just the games, there is also an art book and sound track bundled with the game. For me, it is definitely worth $30...though I would rather get it for the original SNES...but that's just me.

Lazay727
Lazay727

This is kind of a ripoff considering you could either 1-buy the original game for half the price or less 2-buy the games on virtual console for 5+5+5=15$ 3-buy a snes for 20$ then buy the game for 10$ and have a snes instead of a disc for the same price 4-other means?

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

I'd rather buy this for the DS instead.

N64ever
N64ever

I think this is a cool idea, even though it's been done before.

BladeVampero
BladeVampero

Why are people still confused about this? They're saying the graphics and sound are upgraded FROM THE NES VERSIONS! Back in the 1990s (I know, ancient times for some of you) they did an upgrade to the graphics and sound, packed it onto a SNES cartridge, and released it. THEN it was a good idea. This is a Super Nintendo game on a Wii disc! Nothing more than a port! An Emulation! A COPY! GO GOOGLE SUPER MARIO ALL-STARS SNES and you will see what you are buying. On a disc. For an art book and a music CD? Not worth it.

monson21502
monson21502

does it have online leader boards at least? and upgraded graphics? 30 bucks is a bit much for a bunch of 8 bit games. they shoulda put at least the old gameboy games on the disc as unlocks or somthing. this isnt as good as mario all stars on the super nes... cmon nintendo, 25 year anniversary only comes once. at least put some effort in it.

fmacraze
fmacraze

why would you buy them again if youd playd them all (like most of us im assuming)?

Blade8Aus
Blade8Aus

I'm thinking those "updated graphics" are probably using hqnx filters or something and the "enhanced sound" is probably some other sort of enhancing technique rather than the sounds being re-recorded.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@scorpion_great You're seriously expecting Nintendo to release this on non-Nintendo platforms? :|

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

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amaan4ever
amaan4ever

30$ is really cheap!. Nintendo knows how to do business

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

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townsenda1
townsenda1

I think it's worth it. Just a lil weird buying a game again that I already have on the V.C. But it is the 25th aniversary edition so for nothing else it's a collecters item. I'm buying it.

Superzone
Superzone

$30??? That's a steal!! Day one purchase.

scorpion_great
scorpion_great

Sorry but if their only planing to release it on the wii then they should get ready to lose a lot of profit that could have been made if they released it on other consoles including PC

Seryll
Seryll

When the original SMB All Stars came out, they had games from that past gen. Why don't they add atleast Mario 64, or a Mario party, or a Mario Kart. Why just the same couple games. People are going to stop buyin the remakes sooner or later

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

Soundtrack CD?! Instant buy!!!... Or, at least a Christmas present.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

I'd like to get this. I had it on the SNES and it was a great collection of classic titles even then. It still represents great value and great gaming.

Henninger
Henninger

Im gonna pass on this. I already have this on the SNES. Its called Super Mario All-Stars!!! Well now look @ that the same game with "upgraded" graphics. Ppl u could probably find this game 4 way cheaper than 30 bucks. Dont waste ur money.

tiki_tidalwave
tiki_tidalwave

It would be perfect if they'd release these games in their original format without the updated graphics. Oh well, I'm still pre-ordering it.

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

25th Anniversary, I owe my respects. I will make room for this on my list for the holidays. It will be added to my collection, that is all.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

Why are they making it sound like this is new? This game came out years ago on the SNES. It's kind of cool, but $30? This should be priced the same as other classic games on the Wii, especially since All Stars is technically an older game, only with four in one. Sounds like another money ploy to me, but you fans have fun.

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

This should definitely be a DS game too for $5 to $10 cheaper. That would outreach to a much broader audience along with the Wii. Also because I don't have a Wii and would love to relive the childhood nostalgia D:

zar144
zar144

I dont care what others say, I'll buy it. I owe a lot to that little plumber...

Fantasy_Dragon
Fantasy_Dragon

I think people are missing the point. This is more of a collector's thing, not a full-on game release.

KieranCottrell
KieranCottrell

I'm disappointed, to be honest. Loving the soundtrack and artwork and all that, but... 4 games? All of which are available on the Virtual Console. Updated graphics might be a nice touch, but somehow I can't imagine they're re-doing the games a la NSMB Wii. If they put those games + Super Mario World + Super Mario 64 (maybe also Sunshine) on the disc, ALL with current-gen makeovers, then this would be an absolute MUST. I know they're going for the nostalgia thing (again), but if they really wanted to celebrate Mario's legacy over the past 25 years, they could've gone beyond the NES. It might be a budget release, but it's still a severe rip-off for what we're getting. All of that said, I'll probably still get it. I am a sucker for anything Mario, but it'd be nice to see a little effort put in - damn it, Nintendo, you don't make yourself easy to love.

gskywalker09
gskywalker09

Darn, why they dont they release it for the DS too??

TheWickedEnd101
TheWickedEnd101

should of added super mario world and yoshi's island

gbyd
gbyd

So basically this is the SNES Mario All stars on a Wii Disk, Uber Gay I think Nintendo should have dug deeper and put together a more diverse range of Mario games. Nintendo would prob not put any DS or Wii Mario games in for obvious reasons. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Even if you cut out the sports and party games, you can still have a wide range of games (some very good some very bad) from various platforms. Some of these games never came out in NA, and some never came out overseas. Even on multiple disks, I would gladly pay full price for a list like this. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 01) Super Mario Bros 1 02) Super Mario Bros. 2 03) Super Mario Bros. 3 04) Super Mario: The Lost Levels 05) Super Mario World 06) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 07) Mario's Time Machine 08] Super Mario Land 09) Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins 10) Dr. Mario 11) Mario Paint 12) Super Mario RPG: Legend of the 7 stars 13) Wrecking Crew 14) Super Mario 64 15) Super Mario Sunshine

FoppyOmega
FoppyOmega

I hope the "updated graphics" and "enhanced sound" can be turned off. If I buy this it's because I want to experience the full classic gameplay.

ShadoweaverCode
ShadoweaverCode

Mario sunshine was awesome. Hope they do a sunshine 2. I loved mastering the hovering skills floating far above the level, if you miscalculated, u'd fall very far, especially with the bouncy ropes ! Also the other things you could get, like, the rocket pack, jet ski pack, sprint pack, all very cool.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

not really worth it, most people have bought these already :P

ck02623
ck02623

Wow that's too expensive.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Unfortunately this article doesn't seem to explain what system the game is coming out for. I am assuming it's for Wii, but they mention DS in the article as well. IMO this game should have come out on virtual console at launch.

juden41
juden41

You can already get all the games (except for maybe the Lost Levels, haven't checked) off the Virtual Console, so I really don't see the point.

M3tr4nk0
M3tr4nk0

@BladeVampero I know what the SNES Super Mario All-Stars is like. But from reading this article I got the impression that it might be updated again for the Wii version. Well, If it's just direct emulation of the SNES version, then it won't be worth it.

monson21502
monson21502

30 bucks you say? meh not worth that imo

BladeVampero
BladeVampero

@M3tr4nk0 Google Image Search for Mario All-Stars SNES and you'll find screenshots. Its just an SNES update of the NES titles emulated on a Wii disc. Does anybody that reads these comments actually understand that?

M3tr4nk0
M3tr4nk0

This is good news, I'm curious to see what the "updated graphics" will look like.

BladeVampero
BladeVampero

@salvucci91 I buy games to PLAY them, and I already own this exact game. Sure, collectible stuff is neat, but not worth it in this case for me. Why? Because if I buy a GAME, its for the GAME. If extras come with it, great. If not, I still have a game that I intend on playing. This collection, however, is nothing more than an SNES rom on a disc. An SNES rom, mind you, that has not been changed whatsoever from its original release. So, if I were to buy this, I'd get nothing but some art that will end up on Google Image Search in a week, and a soundtrack that will get online in less. Now, I got the collector's edition of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. I wanted to play the game. It was a completely new take on the franchise and was interesting to me. The art and soundtrack were a nice addition. But with this, I feel as though the bonuses are tacked into a box with a disc wearing the mask of its older cartridge brother. Nothing new. Nothing I personally want that I don't already have. I buy collector's editions for the GAME to enjoy first, and the bonuses last. This would just be bonuses for me, and that's not enough to get me to buy it.

LaytonsCat
LaytonsCat

sounds great can't wait, I want ot for the collection not the games

dzimm
dzimm

Four classic games at a bargain price. What's not to love?