One of the hottest talking points in the Nintendo sphere this year is coming to an end, as we have finally reached March 31, otherwise known as ‘Mario Doomsday’.
Yes, after months of talking about it and wondering what it means for the future of Nintendo, today is the day when Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario Bros. 35, the Super Mario Game & Watch system and all Super Mario Bros. 35 items will be completely retrieved from sale. Super Mario Maker has also shut down its online services, and even Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light are being sacrificed as well.
While you maybe find one or two ways to grab the Super Mario 3D All-Stars after the apocalypse, it would not hurt to buy any of the products mentioned above while still having the chance. Here is the official removal message from Nintendo, if you need a summary:
“Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Ends March 31, 2021. After that date, the following time-limited products and services released in special recognition of the 35th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros. will cease or be removed from sale.
The digital version of Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available until March 31, 2021. If you purchased the digital version before March 31, 2021, you will be able to download the software again after this date if it has been archived or deleted from the console. The physical version of Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available at your local retailer for as long as stock lasts. Contact your local dealer for information on current availability.
Super Mario Bros. The 35 service will end on March 31, 2021 and can no longer be played, even if you still have the game downloaded to your Nintendo Switch console.
Game & Watch: The Super Mario Bros. system will continue to ship to retailers through March 31, 2021, and will be available for purchase while stocks last. Contact your local dealer for information on current availability.
Clothing and other products included in Super Mario Bros. The 35th Anniversary collection at the Nintendo Official UK Store will be removed from sale on March 31, 2021. “
So long, Mario. It was nice to know you.