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Nintendo just surprised us all by dropping a ton of exciting Mario-related news after months of silence. In all honesty, I'm still kind of trying to process everything that was announced. Between the ports and remasters of classic 2D and 3D Mario games being planned for the plumber's 35th anniversary, there were also some brand-new releases to look forward to.
Once I stopped hyperventilating over the prospect of playing Super Mario Galaxy on Nintendo Switch, the announcement that really caught my eye was Super Mario Bros. 35... a Mario-themed battle royale.
Take a look at the trailer below. While it sounds awful on paper, it actually looks genuinely cool - in a chaotic sort of way. To be honest, I didn't think a Tetris battle royale would work when I first heard about Tetris 99, but that ended up being sick. I'm fully down to try out Super Mario Bros. 35, is what I'm trying to say.
Looks ace, right? If you can't watch the trailer for whatever reason, Super Mario Bros. 35 sees 35 players playing through classic 2D Mario levels at the same time. Much like in Tetris 99, there'll be ways to eliminate other players by sending traps and tricks their way. It's an incredible idea, and I can see myself losing a lot of time to it.
"Welcome to Super Mario Bros. ... with 35 players," Nintendo writes. "In this competitive online battle game, 35 players will compete to be the last Mario standing ... or running. Enemies defeated will be sent to other players' courses, but that also works the other way around! Players can activate special items to try and outpace their opponents."
Super Mario Bros. 35 will launch on October 1st as a digital freebie for Nintendo Switch Online members. Unfortunately, it looks like Nintendo will be pulling the game on March 31st 2021, so I'm in a strange position where I almost hope it's not too much fun. I'd hate to get hooked only for Nintendo to take away my source.
Between this utterly bizarre yet genius battle royale and a ton of classic ports and remasters, it's safe to say that Nintendo is celebrating Mario's 35th anniversary in true style. Bring it on, I say.
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