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Actually, You Can Still Buy Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario Bros. 35, and the special Mario Game & Watch are part of Nintendo's intentional limited-time availability.


Nintendo had told us that March 31 would be the last chance to buy Super Mario 3D All-Stars and the special-edition Game & Watch before they would be gone forever. That was true for Nintendo's own eShop, but if you forgot about the deadline and still didn't purchase the game from a retailer, you still have time. Walmart is currently still selling the game--at a discount, no less--past the day Mario was supposed to die.

As of March 31, however, the free battle royale Super Mario Bros. 35 really is dead. After that point, the game was made inaccessible, with servers shut down.

Nintendo's Japanese Twitter account gave an alert reminding customers of the limited-time offerings. Nintendo has not announced any plans to bring them back or to sell the games included in 3D All-Stars individually.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars compiles Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy into one package. Super Mario Bros. 35 is a digital-only game available for Switch Online subscribers, which has you run through classic Super Mario Bros. levels against dozens of other players at once. Finally, the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. Edition packs the original Super Mario Bros. into a Game & Watch case, with some Easter eggs.

Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser explained in an interview with Polygon that the limited-time nature of these products is meant to celebrate the anniversary, and he said at the time that he "can't speak to plans beyond the end of March."

More recently, Nintendo has also put out a limited-edition Mario-themed Nintendo Switch alongside the release of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.

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