Nintendo’s plan for Super Mario 3D All Stars is confusing fans who are hoping for a physical release for the game. The limited edition title will be available from September 18 until March 2021, but Nintendo has previously not been known for timed releases of this nature.
Nintendo has announced that Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy will be bundled together into the new Super Mario 3D All Stars. This is in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.
However, once we reach the end of March, the game bundle will be locked inside the Nintendo vault, making physical copies of the game all the more desirable.
Will Super Mario 3D All Stars get a physical release?
According to Nintendo, Super Mario 3D All Stars will receive a standard physical release on cartridge. The game will cost GBP £49.99 / USD $59.99 / CAD $79.99, and it it possible to pre-order a physical copy both from Nintendo and from major retailers in both the UK and the US.
That said, the game will only be on sale for a six month window. This limited release window is possibly as a test to see how well a collection is received, but it could simply be because Nintendo likes to keep Mario fans on their toes.
After March 2021, it will no longer be possible to purchase Super Mario 3D All Stars both on the Nintendo eShop and in physical form from the Nintendo store. That said, physical copies will likely still be available if you know where to look.
Nintendo’s Limited Edition Bundle
While Nintendo may be attempting to limit the availability of physical copies of Super Mario 3D All Stars, it will almost certainly not be impossible to get the game after March 2021.
For one thing, stores still retain the physical copies of the game even after Nintendo stops printing new cartridges. What’s more, pre-owned copies of Super Mario 3D All Stars will remain popular.
There is, though, a danger that scalpers might buy up all available physical copies of the game, thereby limiting the supply of the game and increasing their market value.
To avoid having to pay scalper prices, it may be worth pre-ordering a physical copy of Super Mario 3D All Stars as soon as possible.