After an agonizing summer of one rumor after the next, Super Mario 3D All-Stars was finally revealed today in a surprise presentation by Nintendo. Combining Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy all into one beautifully portable package, it’s the sort of retro content that many of us have been dreaming of ever since we initially learned of the Switch’s unique combination of power and portability. There is, however, one strange detail about the game: it’s only available to buy until March 31, 2021. Why? Nobody knows, but what’s your best guess?
My rather outlandish guess – and hope – is that Nintendo plans to separate the collection at that point. I think they’ll add Super Mario 64 and a handful of other Nintendo 64 games to Nintendo Switch Online, and it’ll otherwise be removed from the eShop entirely. After that, I imagine they’d sell Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Sunshine separately on the eShop at $20 or $25 a pop. This would also be a great time to launch Super Mario Galaxy 2 on the eShop. It’s all a guess, but I think it’s a fairly plausible scenario.
Another alternative is that Nintendo really just wants to yank Super Mario 3D All-Stars out of existence after a few months, be it for fear of oversaturating the system with 3D Mario titles, a desire to force consumers to keep Switch games in mind this holiday season amidst two new consoles, or some other strange reason. I really hope that this isn’t the case.
Why do you think that Nintendo is delisting Super Mario 3D All-Stars? Do you think the games will reappear on the eShop separately, or will they be gone from the Switch forever? Let us know your best guess in the comments.