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A whole lot of speculation has surfaced throughout the day regarding big plans for Super Mario in 2020. We’ve heard that a number of games will be re-released/remastered, including Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario 3D World (as a Deluxe edition).

Venturebeat’s Jeff Grub, who leaked the news that a Nintendo Direct would be shared last Thursday prior to its air date, has chimed in on the rumors now as well. The site’s report states:

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Update: There’s been another report about this, now naming Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D World as re-releases. Read up on it here.


Original: Switch could be getting a whole lot of Super Mario love this year. According to a VGC report, Nintendo is preparing to re-release most of the plumber’s 35-year back catalog, now remastered for Switch. That’s based on information received from “multiple sources”.

VGC’s report mentions a new event from Nintendo that will coincide with Super Mario’s anniversary. The company’s plans are supposedly “set to be revealed alongside new details of Nintendo’s partnership with Universal, and the pair’s Super Nintendo World theme park attractions and animated Super Mario movie.” Nintendo was apparently planning a physical event at E3 2020 in June, but the expo has been cancelled and the Big N “is now reviewing its plans in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

Along with plans for re-releases, VGC mentions that “several other Mario titles” are in the works for 2020. A new Paper Mario is specifically mentioned in the report.

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Right around the announcement of LEGO Super Mario, The Brothers Brick spoke with digital design lead Jonathan Bennink. Bennink shared additional details about how the whole thing works and the actual creation process.

Here’s the roundup of tidbits:

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After it was teased on Mario Day, Nintendo and LEGO unveiled a new partnership featuring the well-known platforming character. Mario and friends will be offered in LEGO form later this year with a new type of experience.

Speaking with The Brothers Brick, digital design lead Jonathan Bennink revealed that this project has been in the works for over four years. He also spoke about how to partnership with Nintendo came about, stating:

Nintendo and LEGO appear to be teaming up for a brand new collaboration featuring Mario. A brief video was just posted on Twitter showcasing the plumber in LEGO form, with the Big N saying that “something fun is being built”.

Here’s the video in question:

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My Nintendo has added in a new reward in celebration of Mario Day. For North American members, you can receive a 20% discount for use on select Mario-themed merchandise from Nintendo’s online store. It costs 450 Platinum Points.

Check out the coupon on My Nintendo here. Eligible items include clothes, controllers, and more.

After the negative reception of the Super Mario Bros. film in 1993, Nintendo put the breaks on pursuing movies. Yet now after so much time has passed, the Big N is giving things another shot. Illumination is on board to create a brand new Mario-based movie with Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri. Nintendo is overseeing the process and Shigeru Miyamoto is heavily involved.

As part of a lengthy interview in Famitsu this week, Miyamoto spoke about meeting Meledandri for the first time and how that eventually led to the Mario film. One of the important parts of their conversation was when Meledandri brought up a past failure, which convinced Miyamoto that he could be trusted.

Here’s our full translation of the interview excerpt:

Over the past few years, Nintendo has been recognizing March 10 as Mario day. Retailers will be taking that information to heart with a new Switch sale planned for next week.

GameStop and Target (with other retailers likely to follow) are confirmed to be discounting Super Mario Maker 2, Super Mario Party, Yoshi’s Crafted World, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. All of these games will be down to $40. That’s the main highlight, though there will be other smaller offices like Target throwing in a Joy-Con wheel with the purchase of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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Yesterday, Levi’s teased a collaboration with Super Mario on Twitter. Details have since emerged as to what exactly the partnership entails.

Here’s the full product lineup: 

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This information comes from Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa…