Did you know that everybody’s favorite plumber is turning 35 this year? That’s right — it’s been 35 years since the original Super Mario Bros. debuted for the Nintendo Entertainment System. To celebrate the year of Mario, Nintendo is hosting tons of fun themed events in several of its other most popular games.
First off, of course, there’s Mario’s very own app — Mario Kart Tour. Versions of Mario and Donkey Kong Jr. from classic Mario titles will appear as racers during the in-game anniversary event. Their classic pixel style looks adorable when paired with the colorful 3D karts and tracks!
Super Mario Maker 2 will also be receiving a 35th anniversary-themed speed-run course, even utilizing the classic Super Mario Bros. pixel art style. Compete against Ninjis – the ghosts of other players’ past successes – and see if you can beat their time!
But it’s not just Mario titles which will be celebrating the plumber’s particular year! The fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be hosting an online tournament called the “NintendoVS Challenge Cup.” It will focus exclusively on fighters, stages, and items coming from the Super Mario series – will you stick with classic Mario or give Bowser, Wario, or perhaps even Rosalina or the Koopa Kids a try?
Ink-tastic shooter Splatoon 2 will be having a Mario-themed “Splatfest” event in January 2021 to celebrate the occasion. We don’t know much yet, but it seems like classic Mario Bros. power-ups such as the Mushroom and Super Star might be making an appearance. Also, limited-edition Mario x Splatoon crossover keychains will be available from MyNintendo Rewards. SplatFest t-shirts will also be sold online!
Finally, furniture inspired by Mario and his friends (and enemies?) will be making an appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Nintendo has remained tight-lipped, but I sure hope we’ll be able to craft a Warp Pipe or wear Mario’s hat!
How will you be celebrating Mario’s 35th Anniversary? Let us know!