Alert! Alert! Today is your final chance to be able to buy Super Mario 3D All-Stars for what most would consider a (barely) acceptable price. Following today, the game will be delisted on all platforms, upon which we may start to see the dreaded re-seller’s market reveal its true colours.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars was initially revealed last year as part of Mario’s 35th anniversary Nintendo Direct, as a compilation of some of Mario’s finest 3D adventures. It featured the iconic Super Mario 64, the polarising Super Mario Sunshine, and the stellar Super Mario Galaxy. Strangely, Super Mario Galaxy 2 wasn’t part of the collection, despite many holding it to the same standard as the first game, if not even higher.
Another point of contention (and the whole reason behind this article today), is the arbitrary release window that Nintendo saw fit to curse this game with. In a move that was compared to the Disney Vault, the decision to make it so that the game would only be available to buy until today, March 31, was met with heavy criticism and confusion as to why that would even be the case. Nevertheless, here we are, reminding you that now’s your last chance to hop on the Super Mario 3D All-Stars train.
Some retailers have already shut up shop on Super Mario 3D All-Stars sales. Amazon has declared the digital Switch code on their website as unavailable. In the final week of sales, the game jumped up 276% in the UK as buyers panicked to cash in before it disappeared. There was a small discount to be had, as the game briefly dropped to $50, as suppliers look to ship the rest of their stock.
This isn’t the only Mario game to become unavailable following today. Super Mario 35, a battle royale-style Mario game where the aim is to collect coins and kill enemies to disrupt your opponents playing at the same time as you, is also ceasing to exist once the clock strikes midnight. Finally, Nintendo’s Game & Watch handheld console, which features the original Super Mario Bros game also will no longer be available after March 31.
Are you going to buy it? Or chance the used market come tomorrow? Is it even worth the full retail price to begin with? Leave a comment.