Super Mario All-Stars hitting EU Wiis December 3

SNES collection of NES classics featuring Mario's earliest solo adventures hitting Nintendo's current console in time for Christmas in Europe.

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In 1993, Nintendo released Super Mario All-Stars to some fanfare across the world. The Super Nintendo package rolled up Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3, as well as the highly sought after Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2, marketed in the bundle as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Thankfully for the millions of European Wii owners who weren’t even a twinkling in the eye of their local plumber back in the early '90s, Nintendo today confirmed the package was being rereleased in the region for the Wii on December 3.

Box art for the Japanese release.
Box art for the Japanese release.

Super Mario Bros. All-Stars - 25th Anniversary Edition had previously only been confirmed for a Japanese release. While all four games on the disc were released through the Wii’s Virtual Console in 2006 and 2007, Nintendo is sweetening the retail package with the inclusion of a CD featuring tunes from Mario games across the ages and a "special booklet" detailing the 25 years of Mario's history.

The collection celebrates the 25th anniversary of the release of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan in September 1985. However, 2010 is only the 23rd anniversary of Mario's arrival in Europe; the original Mario game only made it to the territory in 1987. Super Mario Bros. itself was the greatest selling game of all time for 20 years with in excess of 40 million copies sold, partly because it was bundled with the original NES. It was dethroned in 2009 by Wii Sports, which was bundled with the Wii at launch.

Pricing for Europe is yet to be announced, but the package will go on sale in Japan next week for ¥2,500 (£19, $30)--this is lower than most first-party titles, which retail at ¥5,800 (£44, $70) in the region. There has been no confirmation of a release for the collection outside of Europe and Japan.

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