The very first Super Mario Bros. game turns 25 years old on September 13th, and if Nintendo’s really good at anything, it’s reselling reviving old games for a healthy profit celebration.
Today at a retailer briefing in Japan, the company unveiled Super Mario Collection Special Pack for the Wii, a straight-up revival of Super Mario All-Stars, a Mario-themed collection that first appeared in 1993 on the SNES. Just like in 1993, the Wii collection will contain:
– Super Mario Bros.
– Super Mario Bros. 2
– Super Mario Bros. 3
– Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
I assume these will feature the original graphics and sound, which begs the question: why not just buy these on the Wii’s Virtual Console?
Well, the “special pack” part of the title refers to the bonus goodies you get, a book called “Super Mario History 1985 – 2010” that charts 25 years of Mario history and apparently contains “unseen development materials”. There’ll also be a free soundtrack CD spanning Mario’s entire career, right up to Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Exciting stuff for Ninty and Mario fans, then (so me). This pack launches October 21st in Japan, though I’d fully expect a western release at some point. Thanks to New Super Mario. Bros on the Wii and DS, 2D Mario is back in vogue!