Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Optimised versions of 3D Super Mario games Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, are coming to Nintendo Switch in one package. In addition to having higher resolutions than their original versions, the games have been optimized for a smooth gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch. Super Mario 3D All-Stars also includes an in-game music-player mode to play the music and songs from all three games. Players can also listen to music on their Nintendo Switch systems when the screen is off.
Super Mario 64 is the first of the three games that were shown in the presentation, and as you can see from both the video above and the screenshot below, Super Mario 64 has been given a bit of a cleanup. From the look of things, it’s not a full 1080p or even 720p upscale, but a smoothing of the original polygons with a high-resolution texture pack added to it. From what has been gathered online and through official sources, the version shown here is the secondary (or American) release of the game and not the updated Nintendo 3DS version with extra characters. But given Nintendo can be sneaky at times, it’s not 100% sure that the other characters included with the Nintendo 3DS version of Super Mario 64 won’t appear as a New Game Plus or extra game mode once you go and finish collecting those 120 stars all over again.
Super Mario Sunshine is the second game to be included in the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection. Unlike Super Mario 64, there wasn’t much work needed to bring this title to more modern consoles. There is a slight upscale of graphics from this Gamecube game, but the main attraction is that it will receive a native 16:9 widescreen presentation in order to take full advantage of the Nintendo Switch screens, unlike Super Mario 64, which will remain in its original 4:3 aspect ratio.
Super Mario Galaxy is the final game to be announced in this collection. The game doesn’t have any real improvements since it was a Nintendo Wii game and that console was already pushing 720p graphics back in its day. Instead what we are getting is a faithful 1:1 reproduction of the game, complete with all the movement controls mapped into the Switch controllers. The only thing that has worried a lot of people is that the second game in the Galaxy series is not included in this set, making it a less than complete 3D collection.
Finally, you can listen to a total of 175 iconic tunes from all three games! Whether you want to get up and dance or take a minute to relax – this collection has music to fit your mood!
Super Mario 3D All-Stars launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch family of systems on 18th September. The package version software is a limited-time-only production, and the digital version will be a limited-time-only release until the end of March 2021. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is available to pre-order from Nintendo eShop today.