The time has nearly come for Mario to face the music.
In just a few weeks, a handful of games will be removed from sale or service. One of the weirdest parts of this operation is that Super Mario Bros. 35 is going bye-bye, which is a huge shame given that it’s one of the very few perks that Switch Online is actually offering up.
Alas, we’re getting one last hurrah for Mario 35, a “Special Battle” that will take players through the full game. That’s World 1-1 to World 8-4, mind, and it’ll be in order of the original. Nintendo warns that this event is “short,” and they mean it. It’ll run from March 19 at 16:00 JST to March 22 at 15:59 JST.
Do I think that Mario 35 is gone forever forever at the end of the month? Probably not. It’ll likely come back at some point, as Nintendo views this classic take on the franchise as evergreen. But it’ll be going away for the foreseeable future, that’s for sure.
It’s just especially strange when Tetris 99 is still alive and kicking, but this has to be the one that gets the axe.
Super Mario 35th [Twitter]