Nintendo reminds us that March 31 is the Mario apocalypse

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars was released in September 2020 as part of the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary celebrations. Nintendo also launched Super Mario Bros. 35, a free online battle online game available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, as well as the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. handheld. When the games were announced in the 35th anniversary Nintendo Direct, the company stated that all of these would be removed from sale on March 31, 2021. This means shipments of Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario 3D All-Stars to retailers will cease, and the latter will also become unavailable digitally through the Switch eShop. Super Mario Bros. 35 will likewise cease to exist, with its servers being shut down. March 31 is the Mario apocalypse.

Now that we are in the month of the Mario apocalypse, Nintendo has reiterated its plans to go ahead with Mario’s demise. It confirmed this on Twitter, reminding us the anniversary campaign will conclude at the end of March 2021. At that time, the production, sales, and services of the aforementioned products will also end. Exclusive anniversary merchandise will also be removed from Nintendo’s various regional stores.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light will also inexplicably be removed from sale on Mario apocalypse day, March 31. This title was localized for Switch to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Fire Emblem franchise.

2021 is another year for various franchise anniversaries. The Legend of Zelda recently turned 35, with Nintendo yet to reveal any plans to celebrate it. Interestingly, the company didn’t mention the anniversary on Twitter, with Mario’s celebrations likely being the reason why. Pok√©mon also turned 25 on Saturday, receiving various announcements for 2021 and beyond. What was your favorite part of the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary (or what will you miss most after the Mario apocalypse?)?


Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on GGRecon, Zelda Universe, and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.