Considering he serves as the company mascot and generates more revenue per year than we could ever picture in our tiny minds, Nintendo sure seems hell-bent on ruining poor old Mario's day next year.
31st March 2021 is shaping up to be a pretty memorable day in Mario's history, but for all the wrong reasons. On that day, Super Mario 3D All-Stars will no longer be sold physically or digitally; Super Mario Bros. 35's getting booted off the Switch eShop; the new Super Mario Game & Watch system will no longer be available to buy; and now poor old Super Mario Maker's having its online services shut down.
So what's the deal with 31st March? Well, the only thing that immediately jumps out to us about that date is that it falls on the turn of the financial year – a time which will serve as something of a reset for businesses around the world. Super Mario 3D All-Stars' limited availability could be seen as a tactic to boost sales and revenue figures in the current financial year, tempting fans to spend more cash quicker than they usually might, but that doesn't explain Super Mario Bros. 35's unfortunate cut-off.
Whatever the reasoning, the world will have a little less Mario in it from that date which is a very sad thought indeed.