So you’re saying there’s a chance Nintendo won’t pull a handful of Mario games at the end of the month? Well, there’s always a chance! But it doesn’t look good.
As a reminder, Nintendo of Japan cleared that notion up very quickly at the start of the month, explaining that yes, they were intending to go through with dropping Mario 3D All-Stars, Mario 35, and the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. handheld. Now, Nintendo of Europe is joining in.
They even have a whole landing page, not just a tweet! The page explains: “The Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary will come to an end on March 31st, 2021. After this date, the following limited-time products and services released in special recognition of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. will end or be removed from sale.”
It notes that you can of course redownload All-Stars if you have it linked to your account, even if it’ll be removed from sale; but, as expected, Super Mario Bros. 35 is being completely nuked, even if you have it downloaded, as it’s an online-only game. As for the handheld, “The Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. system will continue to be shipped to retailers through approximately March 31st, 2021, and will be available for purchase while supplies last.”
So there’s a chance there! “Apparel and other products” are also part of the nuclear option. And the page doesn’t mention Super Mario Maker for Wii U being taken offline, because Nintendo doesn’t like acknowledging the Wii U in any shape or form anymore unless you include employees that are no longer with the company.
Funnily enough, Nintendo of Europe does not that Bowser’s Fury, Mario All-Stars for Switch Online, and Mario Kart Live will “continue to be available.” Thanks!
Source: Destructoid Nintendo of Europe backs up nuking Mario games at the end of March