Super Mario Bros. 35: New Limited-Time Event Now Live [Last Chance]

Another Special Battle event is underway in the battle royale-style Mario game, and this one restricts the course selection to a handful of stages.


Another new Special Battle event is happening right now in Super Mario Bros. 35, the free-to-play multiplayer Mario game for Switch Online subscribers. This event is called the Limited Course Special Battle, and as its name suggests, it restricts the level selection to a handful of specific stages.

During this Special Battle event, players will only play through World 3-1 to 4-4. The latter stage in particular should make this event hectic, as you'll need to follow a specific path through the maze-like castle in order to reach Bowser at the end. This event only runs through the weekend, ending at 11:59 PM PT on October 18 (2:59 AM ET on October 19).

As previously mentioned, Super Mario Bros. 35 is a free download exclusive for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. The game was released as part of Nintendo's Super Mario 35th anniversary celebration, but much like Super Mario 3D All-Stars, it's not a permanent addition to Switch's library; Nintendo says the game will only be available to play until March 31, 2021.

We gave the game a 7/10 in our Super Mario Bros. 35 review. "Playing against 34 other Marios at once is a wonderful type of mayhem, as is facing off against hordes of enemies. However, early course repetition and late-game lulls slightly temper this Mushroom Kingdom celebration of Mario's 35 years," critic Chris Button wrote.

Super Mario Bros. 35 is developed by Arika, the studio behind Tetris 99. That game is also holding its own event this weekend that gives players another chance to unlock Tetris 99's Pokemon Sword and Shield theme. This time around, you'll only need to earn 50 points (as opposed to 100) to unlock the theme.

Nintendo still has other events planned to celebrate Super Mario's 35th anniversary, including a special Ninji Speedrun course for Super Mario Maker 2. That will run from November 17-24, and the 35 players who have the fastest speedrun time will win a special Mario 35th anniversary coin. You can register for that event on Nintendo's website.

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As much as I've enjoyed playing Super Mario Bros 35 and would like to see either full-fledged games released based on the concept or at least have a Battle Royal Mode included in future releases, I really don't understand the appeal of these events, nor do I see any incentive to continue playing. Maybe if Miiverse were still a thing and playing unloced Avatars/Emotes which could be used outside of the game then that would be something, or if Nintendo were to implement an Achievements System to the Switch/Nintendo Network, but as it is, the game gets old after awhile and just leaves you wishing that it had more content/levels from other games in the series.

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