One of the hottest talking points in the Nintendosphere this year is about to come to an end, as we’ve finally made it to 31st March, otherwise known as ‘Mario doomsday’.
Yes, after months of talking about it and wondering what it means for the future of Nintendo, today is the day that Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario Bros. 35, the Super Mario Game & Watch system, and all Super Mario Bros. 35 merchandise will be completely pulled from sale. Super Mario Maker‘s also having its online services shut down, and even Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light is being sacrificed, too.
While you might find one or two ways of grabbing Super Mario 3D All-Stars after the apocalypse, it wouldn’t hurt to buy any of the products mentioned above while you still have the chance. Here’s the official takedown notice from Nintendo, should you need a recap:
“The Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary will come to an end on March 31st, 2021. After this date, the following limited-time products and services released in special recognition of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. will end or be removed from sale.
The digital version of Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available until March 31st, 2021. If you have purchased the digital version before March 31st, 2021, you will be able to redownload the software after this date if it has been archived or deleted from your console. The physical version of Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available at your local retailers while stocks last. Please check with your local retailer for information on current availability.
The Super Mario Bros. 35 service will end on March 31st, 2021, and will no longer be playable, even if you still have the game downloaded on your Nintendo Switch console.
The Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. system will continue to be shipped to retailers through approximately March 31st, 2021, and will be available for purchase while supplies last. Please check with your local retailer for information on current availability.
Apparel and other products included in the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary collection on the Nintendo Official UK Store will be removed from sale on March 31st, 2021.”
So long, Mario. It was nice knowing you.