The internet is freaking out over a rumor about the possible imminent death of Mario, the famous, red-clad, Italian plumber who changed the world of video games with the release of “Super Mario Bros” 35 years ago.
Let’s Back Up: In September, the “Super Mario Bros.” franchise celebrated its 35th anniversary with the launch of two remastered, classic games – “Super Mario 3D All-Stars” and “Super Mario Bros. 35” – for the Switch console that would be available in a limited run until March 31
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, which owns the franchise, also released other 35th anniversary Super Mario products that would be on sale by March 31st.
Fans have struggled to understand why sales of the new products will cease on Wednesday, a date many felt was arbitrary. Many have speculated that this may mean that Mario’s life will also end.
“Mario dies tomorrow, I’ll miss him,” a Twitter user said Tuesday, adding a sad face emoji at the end.
“Mario dies tomorrow. I can already feel the pain,” another speculated.
Nintendo spread the rumors when they issued a reminder to fans last month that the anniversary products would not exist much longer. It said that “Super Mario 3D All-Stars” will still be available only to those who download it before March 31, and “Super Mario Bros. 35” will not be playable at all after that date.
To be sure, phantom theories on the internet are not always reliable. And there’s reason to hope Mario will live on: At the end of last month’s reminder, Nintendo said that ‘titles like’ Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury ‘,’ Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit ‘and Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch The online version of ‘Super Mario All-Stars’ will remain available on the Nintendo eShop and at local retailers through March 31, 2021. “
It is probably also worth noting that March 31 comes just before customs day.
Nintendo did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday will really be “Game Over” for Mario.