Sorry, folks, but Nintendo seems to be sticking to its plan to stop selling a number of games related to Mario’s 35th birthday. This includes both physical and digital copies of games such as Super Mario 3D stars for the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo reminded its fans on its Japanese Twitter account today that they have until March 31 to buy 3D stars – the package containing Super Mario 64,, Super Mario Sunshine, or Super Mario Galaxy.
People who buy the games will still have access to them, of course, but Nintendo plans to stop producing the game and download it from the Switch eShop. It is possible that some physical copies will remain in stores after March, but the package will be officially terminated at the end of the month.
Similarly, Mario Battle Royale game Super Mario 35 will be discontinued, and Nintendo will discontinue production of its small retro handheld Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.
The announcement softens expectations, as some fans hope that Nintendo can make a similar decision as with the NES Classic, and revive production of the product at a later date. However, this seems less likely now.
In an interview with Polygon, Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser explained why the company decided to discontinue the games. According to Bowser, Nintendo has added these games as part of a celebration. As such, they were meant to be part of a special moment for the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.
Asked about players buying the Nintendo Switch after March, Bowser said: “Yes, at that point, the decision was really made around this honest feature and aspect. I can̵
While fans in particular find the solution disappointing – especially since the company can support a digital version of the game in the Nintendo eShop – Bowser stressed that limited versions will not be a commonly used strategy by the company, saying it’s just “one [Nintendo] the thought was very unique to the actual anniversary. “