More Details About Super Mario Switch Remasters and New Paper Mario Surface

More Details About Super Mario Switch Remasters and New Paper Mario Surface

Super Mario 64, Sunshine, Galaxy to get Switch ports, while a new Paper Mario will hew to the N64 original.

Yesterday, multiple reports surfaced on upcoming Nintendo Switch versions of classic 3D Mario titles, including Super Mario Galaxy. Timing the releases for the 35th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros., Nintendo could pull numerous titles from the Mario back catalogue, but now it looks like the list has been narrowed to three: Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario 64. On top of those, a new Paper Mario in the works will stick close to the RPG mechanics of the N64 original and The Thousand-Year Door.

VGC, which broke news of the anniversary remasters and Paper Mario sequel yesterday, now corroborates follow-up reporting from our sister site Eurogamer and Gematsu regarding Switch versions of these three Mario titles in particular. According to one of VGC's sources, these three re-releases are "being treated as a special anniversary collection of games, rather than standard digital ports."

VentureBeat also reports that the new Paper Mario game will "return to that franchise's roots," rather than follow in the more action-oriented direction of the recent 3DS and Wii U installments. No further details on the "Deluxe" version of Super Mario 3D World have surfaced yet.

Across these reports, Nintendo has either not responded to outreach from the outlets in question or said that it "does not comment on rumor and speculation."

Also coming up on the horizon for 2020 and Super Mario's 35th anniversary—pending any unforeseen delays due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic—are the opening of Universal Studios Japan's Super Nintendo World theme park and the launch of Lego's Super Mario sets. It would be nice to also see some more love thrown toward the Mario titles that are already on Switch, like Odyssey and Super Mario Maker 2, but if Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy all receive remasters on the level of the Wii U's Wind Waker HD or better, it'll be hard to be upset.

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