When Nintendo announced that three of the classic Mario games would be up for the grab in Nintendo switch, we got immensely excited. The reason for bringing these old gems was to capitalize on the momentum for gaming during the pandemic season. Fans became escalated since they’ll now get to play vintage Mario games within a range of $50 to $100. However, this limited offer would expire on March 31.
Nintendo gave us Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario Bros. 35, and Game & Watch Super Mario Bros on Switch as a part of the celebration. The dungaree-clad plumber hero entered his 35th-anniversary celebration in style with various offers that will sadly end on March 31. So, since we are already in March, this is a reminder for you to make the best out of these celebratory offers.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars Features
The Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a remastered version of some of the best 3D titles from the Mario franchise. It includes Super Mario 64 from 1996, Super Mario Sunshine from 2002, and Super Mario Galaxy from 2007. The game is available till March 31 in an offer of $59.99 in Nintendo Switch.
If you don’t know already, these games are emulated and support Joy-Con controls. Moreover, you also get a taste of the original soundtracks from all three games. A total of 175 tracks are available in Super Mario 3D All-Stars through a music player mode.
Mario Bros. 35 and Game & Watch Super Mario Bros Features
You can also try Super Mario Bros. 35 for additional nostalgia for free if you own a Nintendo Switch Online service member. This run-and-jump battle royale game has got us excited the moment it was announced as a part of the anniversary features. The Game & Watch Super Mario Bros by Nintendo is also available till March 31. This is a game for loyal fans of the side-scrolling genre and is available for $49.99.
Hence, since we’re already nearing the end of the anniversary, time is running out for you to grab these titles. Especially the snazzy Game & Watch Super Mario Bros, whose console will soon become very hard to find. Although Super Mario 3D All-Stars’ physical copies are expected to remain a little longer than the 31st March mark, you won’t be able to buy them digitally from Nintendo Switch eShop. We also hope that the physical copies’ prices will go upwards once their supplies start drying up.
Strategies of Nintendo
You may wonder why Nintendo is so keen on retiring these vintage titles. However, this tactic seems like a bold step to encourage impulsive buyers to run after these compilations. No ardent fan of the Mario franchise would like to miss out on this limited edition hardware and titles. Nintendo Switch is trying to bank on this fear and increasing their revenues after the pandemic-dent.
However, they are not the only ones to do that. Disney also implemented a similar marketing strategy. They offer certain films for a limited time and then push them back into oblivion unless needed again. However, after the arrival of Disney Plus, it reversed.
Nostalgia hits but also misses
We could not try the Game & Watch Super Mario Bros. console, but we took a shot at the Super Mario 3D All-Stars. Honestly, it didn’t have us mesmerized, though. While it seems like an excellent opportunity to play three classic titles, there is something missing.
Nintendo is now gearing up to release a remastered version of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. This game will be coming to Nintendo Switch on July 16. It was initially released at the conclusion of Wii’s lifecycle and is now playable using a controller or motion controls.