Nintendo revealed a huge array of games and other products in 2020 to mark the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. Amongst these games were the releases of Super Mario 3D All-Stars and the battle-royal styled game Super Mario Bros. 35. With these titles came the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. and a whole arrangement of merchandise to mark the amazing anniversary of the pixelated icon.
With the announcement came the fact that Nintendo were running these items as limited releases. This is not to be confused with a limited edition release which see’s a pre-perceived number of copies being made, but more a limited time for these to be sold both physically and digitally. Nintendo have stuck to their word and on March 31 all of these items will be removed from both stores and the Nintendo eShop too.
This is not the only reason that the internet is dubbing March 31 the day that Mario dies, but also because Super Mario Maker servers, for the commercial failure the Nintendo Wii U, will also cease the ability to share levels. The move is a bizarre one from Nintendo but Fing’rs & Thu’ums expects Super Mario Bros. 35 might get a physical release like the Tetris 99 physical release that was coupled with an annual Nintendo services subscription. The move could also be a way of Nintendo further boosting their sales prior to the end of the fiscal year, especially since the shortage of Nintendo Switch consoles during the coronavirus pandemic.
Further more the NES classic Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light is also being removed on the same day. Nintendo are continuing with this strange act and have also recently reminded the community regarding the removal of these items from sale. Whether it is for fiscal year sales or otherwise it marks one of the strangest days in the companies history.