At the moment, there's a report going around that suggests Nintendo will remaster most of Mario's back-catalogue to celebrate the iconic plumber's 35th anniversary this year. If you read our original story about it, you'll already know this news surfaced on VGC, and was then backed up by Eurogamer.
In short, both outlets claim many of Mario's 3D adventures will be making a return in 2020, alongside a new Paper Mario game. If you're still not convinced, well now VentureBeat's staff writer Jeff Grubb has chimed in. For the record, he's the same guy who said we'd be getting two Nintendo presentations on certain dates this month, and we did. In addition to this, he's now reached out to his own source about the latest report. Here's what he found out:
For the remasters, our source is telling us that Nintendo is pursuing something like a Super Mario All-Stars 2 for the 3D Mario games. This would include Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and then Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. It’s likely that 3D World may get its own, separate Deluxe-style release. While it’s possible the older 3D Mario games could come in a single compilation, it’s also likely that Nintendo will release them individually as it did with its Zelda remasters.
The Paper Mario game, meanwhile, represents a return to that franchise’s roots. This means something closer to the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube games, which are beloved. And leaving behind the baggage of the more forgettable entries on 3DS and Wii U.
Finally, expect Nintendo to fill out the Mario celebrations in other ways as well. This could mean even more Mario games on the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service, for example.
Again, it sounds too good to be true, but now that Jeff Grubb has relayed what he's heard from his own source, we're starting to believe. To add to this, a few months ago, the well-known Nintendo leaker Sabi said the Paper Mario series would return to form in 2020.
GamesBeat went to the extent of reaching out to Nintendo, and while it had nothing to say about the rumoured Direct-style event to celebrate's Mario 35th anniversary this year, it hasn't provided an official response to the main chunk of the original report just yet.
What do you make of all of this so far? What Mario games would you like to see make a comeback? Tell us below.