Ahh…Nintendo rumors! As always take these with a grain of salt, but several sites are now reporting that they’ve heard that Nintendo has big plans for Mario this year on the Switch. As many fans no doubt know, the original Super Mario Bros. launched on the Famicom & NES during the fall of 1985, which makes this year the 35th anniversary. Apparently Nintendo was planning to have a big celebration at this year’s E3, but now that the show has been cancelled details have apparently begun to leak out.
So the meat of the rumor is that Nintendo is planning to release a bunch of Mario games this year for the Switch. They include the much-rumored port of Super Mario 3D World from the Wii U and a brand new entry in the Paper Mario series. More fascinating is that Eurogamer and Gematsu are now reporting that they’ve heard that HD remasters of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Sunshine are also releasing this year. If that’s the case, sign me up for all of them!
Assuming things go back to normal in regards of the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t forget that Universal Studios Japan is still planning on opening Super Nintendo World this year. This grand celebration of Mario does make sense, but we don’t want to get too excited until confirmation arrives from Nintendo. If (and that’s a big if) they truly were going to have a blowout at this year’s E3, then perhaps around June we’ll get confirmation of these games. Just remember that some of these same sites, which don’t get me wrong are normally credible, were reporting last year that we’d be seeing a Switch Pro. We’re still waiting.