Nintendo Announces Triple-Pack of Old Mario Games, New Mario Kart Game

From PC Mag: Nintendo surprised everyone today with a Nintendo Direct revealing a trio of Mario Switch game releases to help celebrate its iconic plumber's 35th anniversary.

First up is Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which brings together Super Mario 64 (N64), Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube), and Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) in updated form as a triple pack for the Switch. It will be available as either a digital download or physical copy from Sept. 18, but Nintendo is only making the collection available to purchase until March 31, 2021. There's no explanation as to why the trio of games will be pulled from sale next year, and for now it just looks like a marketing stunt to bolster early sales.

As Polygon reports, Nintendo is also re-releasing the Wii U game Super Mario 3D World for the Switch. It will be called Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury and launches on Feb. 12 next year. That gives Nintendo plenty of time to explain exactly why we should purchase the game, including what new content it contains.

The most interesting announcement today is a new entry in the Mario Kart series. It's called Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, and it combines use of the Switch with an actual physical kart from the game. You'll be tasked with creating courses at home for the kart to navigate, but you'll view the action using the Switch's display, which has a direct link to a camera embedded in the physical kart.

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