Nintendo has delayed the release of planned 3D Mario Switch remasters beyond the mascot’s upcoming 35thbirthday, it’s been claimed.
That’s according to reputable Nintendo podcast Nate the Hate, which most recently correctly outed both August’s Indie World Showcase and Nintendo Direct Mini before they were announced.
As first reported by VGC in March, the Mario Switch remasters are set to see Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy release as part of an anniversary compilation, originally planned to coincide with the Nintendo mascot’s 35th birthday on September 13, 2020. A ‘Deluxe’ version of Wii U‘s 3D World is also planned.
According to credited Nintendo insider Nate – and corroborated by VGC’s own sources – Nintendo’s original plan for the 3D collection was for a June E3 announcement and celebration leading up to the planned opening of the Super Nintendo World theme park in Japan.
However, these plans were eventually disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with E3 2020 cancelled and the Nintendo theme park’s opening postponed. In a potential further disruption, Nate claimed the Switch remasters would now release beyond Mario’s actual birthday month and closer to Christmas.
“I think now it’s going to be positioned more as a holiday game than as they had originally planned,” the insider said in a new podcast.
“I believe the original plan was that the 3D collection was going to come out in September, had these games been announced in June… then we probably would have had 3D World Deluxe follow it in either October of maybe even early November. Now that’s completely scrapped.”
Although the releases may have slipped, the insider indicated that the announcement of both the 3D Mario remasters and 3D World Deluxe would happen in September to coincide with Mario’s 35th anniversary.
“Then we’re potentially looking at 3D collection either being early October… or the 3D collection is going to come out in November and be positioned as a prime holiday title, with a Mario-themed console, dock and all of that,” he said.
“Then I think you’re going to see 3D World Deluxe get delayed out of the 35th anniversary party and it’s going to come out in January 2021.”
The Nate the Hate show claimed that Pikmin was originally planned for release earlier in the year – a claim VGC’s own sources corroborate – which it suggested could indicate that another game originally planned for October had slipped. “That’s a sign of how messed up Nintendo got from Covid-19 for 2020 scheduling… I would say I’m 99% confident that Pikmin 3 is being slotted in to replace the timing that 3D World had,” he said. “That’s why I would definitely anticipate 3D World coming out next year, because the 3D collection is more pivotal to Nintendo this year, if they do want to celebrate the 35th anniversary in a meaningful way.” Nintendo has already launched two flagship licensing deals originally planned to commemorate Mario’s 35th anniversary: a special interactive Lego Mario setand a range of Uniqlo clothing, the latter of which is specifically branded for Mario Bros.’ upcoming birthday. And last month, special Super Mario versions of Monopoly and Jenga also released.