Over the last few months, Nintendo have released multiple games in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario. Among those, Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. 35 have been at the centre of some startling decisions, with Nintendo releasing both as limited time releases, both physically and digitally, until the end of March 2021.
We are now officially in March, and with the time for both games being taken offline approaching, many are hoping that Nintendo will change its mind. It seems, however, that that won’t be happening. Nintendo recently took to Twitter via its official account to reiterate that “sales and services” for both games will be ending as soon as this month is over.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars has been selling extremely well, while Super Mario Bros. 35 is a download-only game that is available for free for all Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. The limited-time nature of both games has been pretty baffling for everyone, though Nintendo have stuck to their decision since it was first announced. Either way, both are still going to be available for a little under a month still (and owners of 3D All-Stars will, of course, be able to keep playing the game even afterward).
— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) March 1, 2021