Super Mario 35th Anniversary

As you'll no doubt be aware by now, Nintendo dropped a fast-paced, full-fat, Mario-themed Nintendo Direct last week to share its plans for our favourite plumber's 35th anniversary. In truth, it had been a long time coming, with rumours of Super Mario 3D All-Stars and other bits and bobs starting to appear as early as March.

Now, fans have discovered that a portion of Nintendo's official website–which has since been removed–details an event that was originally planned to take place inside Super Mario Maker 2 on the 14th April, five months ahead of last week's 35th-anniversary announcements.

An archived version of the page can still be found here, and we've grabbed a screenshot for you below.

Here's how the now-deleted website looked
Here's how the now-deleted website looked

As you can see, it mentions a Ninji Speedrun course, which is likely the very same course that was announced during last week's Direct. If this news was pushed back by five months, could the other, bigger Mario announcements also have been originally planned to arrive far earlier in the year?

It seems likely, and with the coronavirus pandemic affecting all walks of life and forcing companies like Nintendo to alter plans and working practices, it's also pretty understandable.

Hey, at least it's all out there now.


Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

[source archive.is, via reddit.com]