Monday, September 13, 2010
Mario Hits 25!
Nintendo has started a multinational campaign celebrating the 25th anniversary for Super Mario Brothers, which includes a special game pack in Japan and potentially other locations worldwide.
September 13th, 1985 was the official launch date for Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Famicom in Japan, the equivalent of the NES. Since then, Mario has sold millions of games over dozens of products and spin-off franchises. In light of this, Nintendo is holding quite a celebration in Japan.
Launching October 21st, the Super Mario Collection Special Pack is a ¥2,500 limited edition package which commemorates Mario's legacy. It contains a Wii version of Super Mario Collection, or Super Mario All-Stars for those of us in the States; Super Mario All-Stars consists of Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3, and USA (In the US, SMB2 is Super Mario Bros. Lost Levels, and USA is SMB2). There is reportedly no difference between the original game and the Wii edition, so do not expect the New Super Mario Bros. treatment.
Also within the package are a Super Mario History Booklet and collector's soundtrack. The Booklet runs through the entire history of Mario's games and even shows off never-before-seen drawings and design images regarding the series. The soundtrack is a single disc containing music tracks throughout the entire series of Mario games, from Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Nintendo is also providing raffles in Japan to give away special edition swag, such as cards and bags, all with Mario in mind. There is also a collection of videos and interviews being created to round out the massive campaign.
There is no official word on whether Americans will get a version of the Special Pack, but 3RM will be on board to tell you all if that is the case.