Nintendo is a year long Super Mario birthday party is almost over. On March 31st, Nintendo will officially close the festivities in an unorthodox way. Selected games will be completely removed from the Switch eShop. That decision has frustrated gamers all year and now they have turned it into a meme. Fans have now declared March 31st the day Mario “dies”.
Mario isn’t actually going to perish at the end of the month, but the joke offers Nintendo fans an important PSA. Those who seek it record certain games must act quickly before the month is up. Learn which games are leaving Switch and when to redeem digital codes.
Which Mario games are leaving Switch on March 31st?
Two Mario games will leave the Switch eShop on March 31: Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super mario 35.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars Not only is it leaving the eShop that day – Nintendo will no longer produce physical copies of the game either. While retailers may have additional inventory to burn through after March 31st, ultimately it will be impossible to purchase the game from a traditional retailer.
The situation is worse for Super mario 35. The pure digital Nintendo Online giveaway will just disappear forever. If the multiplayer game’s servers shut down, fans will no longer be able to emulate it in the future. Those who want to try must do so before the end of the month or live with FOMO.
The special edition Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. console will also cease production at the end of the month. To like 3D all-starsRetailers are likely to have a few units floating around this spring until stocks run out of stock.
While not related to Mario, it’s worth noting that Fire emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light will cease to exist even after March 31st. Nintendo will remove the game from the eShop and cease production of the limited physical edition of the game.
Can I redeem Super Mario 3D All-Stars after March 31st?
Those who bought the game but haven’t redeemed it will still be able to do it after March 31st. In an interview with Video Games Chronicle, Nintendo confirmed that the retail codes are still valid after the deadline.
The game can be re-downloaded after purchase, so players don’t have to worry about losing it forever if they delete it. Purchasing a physical or digital copy ensures that players have access to it for the time being after the deadline.
When will these games be available again?
Those who hope this is in the short term may want to prepare for the worst. At the moment there is no plan to reprint these games once they are gone. Super mario 35 will likely never be playable again, which is a disturbing thought for game keepers.
Fans speculate that the three games featured in Super Mario 3D All-Stars is sold individually in the eShop. Nintendo has not confirmed this rumor. So assume these games aren’t back on the Switch. If you want to get your hands on these games, you have to pull the trigger in the next few days.