This year marks the 35-year anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros., and it looks like Nintendo is going to celebrate in style. Based on several new reports, Nintendo plans to remaster its classic 3D Mario games for Switch, including Super Mario Galaxy.
As first reported by VGC, sources say that Nintendo plans to re-release "most" of the Super Mario back catalogue this year. There are also several other Mario titles reportedly planned for 2020, including a new Paper Mario.
Our sister site Eurogamer corroborated this report with its own source with knowledge of Nintendo's upcoming plans. According to Eurogamer's sources, Super Mario Galaxy is one of the games being readied for a remaster, alongside other 3D Mario games. Eurogamer also confirms the Paper Mario report, as well as a deluxe version of Super Mario 3D World. Gematsu backed up these reports as well.
This comes as part of a larger celebration of Mario's legacy, including the Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan. It's unclear if the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected plans to open the park, which was due to open this summer ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. (The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony was rescheduled to July 23, 2021 just this morning.)
Nintendo told both outlets that it doesn't comment on rumors or speculation. These reports still seem likely, however, and outside the expected and reported Mario remasters, I'm hopeful for some deeper cuts into the Mario lore. If it's the year of Mario, let's celebrate all the many vocations he's held over years beyond just head-stomping plumber.