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It's been in demand since Nintendo teased it earlier in the year, and it's almost here. Super Mario Bros. 3 with arrive on the Virtual Console for both Wii U and 3DS on 26th December; it was announced in the European Nintendo Direct by Satoru Shibata, though unfortunately had no mention in the North America equivalent or in the subsequent press release — as a result this is just confirmed for Europe at the time of writing.

The classic NES title is one of the finest platformers ever created, and so the hype around having it available on the latest systems is understandable. It was responsible for various ideas that would become the norm in the Mario series, and is certainly a candidate to be considered the best ever NES game.

Its Boxing Day release in Europe will also come with an initial discount, costing £3.49 on 3DS and £2.79 on Wii U; it'll then revert to £4.49/€4.99 on 3DS and £3.49/€4.99 on Wii U from 2nd January 2014.

Will you be downloading this classic while in the festive spirit?