While Sony and Microsoft have been routinely failing to keep their customers abreast of the latest news regarding their consoles, Nintendo, too, has slowed its own news cycle to a crawl: the once routine Nintendo Directs have become less and less frequent, and typically when they do drop it’s by surprise, usually with only a few days — or even hours — notice.
Well, just the other day they surprised us with another one, which was celebrating the fact that it’s technically Mario’s 35th birthday. And alongside this announcement, Nintendo revealed two games, both interesting, and both already controversial thanks to being prime examples of Nintendo’s weird and stupid attitudes.
The first game that was announced was Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which is the long-awaited collection of three of Mario’s most iconic 3D platformers: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy.
It’s looking to come out later this month, September 18, and will cost 60 bucks.
The second game to be announced was Super Mario Bros. 35, which appears to be a charming mashup of Super Mario Bros. and Tetris 99: a battle royale where you try to last the longest in a Super Mario level.
It’s looking to come out on the first of October, exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online members.
These look charming and fun, no lie, but here’s where the Nintendo BS slips in: apparently, both titles will only be available for a limited time. Come April 2021, both titles will be removed from store shelves and the digital store front and you won’t be able to buy them anymore. Which is bullcrap.
If there was ever any doubt that Nintendo artificially tries to create scarcity in their hardware, them doing the same for their software certainly puts those questions to rest.