Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Nintendo's recent compilation of three classic Mario platformers, had a very strong start to life on the market – even if it couldn't beat Animal Crossing: New Horizon's tremendous early sales.
The game shifted a whopping 5.21 million copies between 18th September (its launch date) and 30th September. Of course, it was always going to sell well, but could Nintendo's decision to limit the game's availability have had a significant impact?
As you may recall, upon the game's launch, it was confirmed that the title would only be sold up until March 2021. With several other Nintendo titles suffering a similar limited-time fate recently, the topic's caused quite the debate among fans worldwide, and a poll ran on this very site revealed that the majority of our readers really aren't happy about it.
In a second poll, 36% of Nintendo Life voters revealed that they decided to buy Super Mario 3D All-Stars earlier than they would have ordinarily to avoid missing out. Did you buy earlier than planned too? Are you yet to pick up a copy? Let us know in the comments.
Bought it day one but haven't really got stuck into it yet. It's going to be my Christmas game I think.
I bought it. I'm not happy I bought it. It's cheap considering the amount they are going to sell by the time it 'disappears'. Disappointing how they look graphically but they are still good games despite all 3 showing their age.
I'm really not a fan of the limited time release strategy but I can't deny that it's effective for generating short term sales. Only reason I bought it when I did.
I bought it day one, the limited release really didn't affect that. And I am loving the collection. (I would 100% have bought it day one if it wasn't a limited release as well)
It's basically a packaged virtual console release of 2 of the 4 best 3D Mario games. (The best being Odyssey)
Loving the collection, am playing Galaxy this morning
I just wanted to see if I can beat the lazy port comments. Still haven't bought it personally but it is on my radar.
WARNING what your about to read down bellow the comments might be toxic just telling you, you have been warned.
Bought it and 10 stars off 100%ing Galaxy after getting the full 120 stars on both 64 and Sunshine. 64 was my favourite but it was the only one I had played back in the day so nostalgia definitely helping there - Sunshine had some fantastic moments but let down a bit by the tedious blue coins. Galaxy is consistently great.
Can hopefully add it to my 100%ing of Super Mario 3d Land and my 889/890 Moons on Odyssey (can you guess which one I am missing?)
Will try for the same on 3d World in Feb so then just missing Galaxy 2.
@BongoBongo Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you're at 889 in Odyssey then there's 110 left, not 1. Or the bearer of good news, as it means there's more to do in the game than you realised.
Haven’t bought it. Probably won’t already played all the games many times before.
It’s nice that sunshine will get new fans. The original sold 5.5 million according to wikipedia. So this game has probably already surpassed that number by some margin.
Actually i'm not in the mood to play 3D Mario games at the moment but given by limited time, i should buy the game ASAP.
I bought it day 1 and I'm not a fan of the Mario games.
That limited release made me think it might be worth buying and holding on to as the prices will surely creep up in a year or two. Nintendo stuff always commands a premium when it limited.
I purchased it at launch because I knew eventually I would want them. I do think that the time limted nature did spur on a purchase sooner then later. I also think Nintendo would have done more if it weren't for COVID. Most of the 2020 productivity has been wasted due to lockdowns.
Scummy sales tactic from Nintendo...
People buying because of FOMO.
Seems unnecessary when Mario sells no matter what.it was a preditory action tbh
I hope it makes Metroid Prime trilogy on Switch more likely as I've only played the first one!
It's actually 13 days. I bought it day one. Got about 70 stars on Mario 64 and moved on for a break.
Looks like nearly everyone has bought it now so they might as well stop selling it now.
I boycotted the release due to Nintendo's release tactics. And have been enjoying the games through... other means. I personally believe you have to vote with your wallet in instances like this.
@JohnnyC ha ha unfortunately you are referring to the moons you just have to pay for which don’t count in my book - but I would love it if I did randomly find more stuff to do I wasn’t aware of!
Actually just realised I meant 879/880 (proper) moons
@tanaka2687 This is pretty much exactly how I feel. Having played them all on their original machines I really expected a bit more care and effort to be put into them and now actually feel a little bit ripped off. Sure there's lots of content but 66% of it looks and runs sub par for 2020.
Woulda sold more including one to me if galaxy 2 was here.... I'll buy 3d Mario world day one though. Still plenty of time to catch up to Mario kart at this rate before it goes off the market.........
I plan on getting it, I've almost pulled the trigger a few times. Might get it to relive the nostalgia of having it on Christmas in 1996. That was an awesome game to get as an Xmas gift.
I honestly thought it would sell out before I could get a copy of I didn't snag one at launch. I also wanted to be sure to get a pin set (which I did, thankfully).
Must have for me. Unpopular opinion, but $20 A pop for some of the best 3D platformers ever made is well worth it.
This is the first time I'm actually diving into Mario 64. I rented it back in the day on the 64 and got the Wii vc version through Club Nintendo, but yeah.
Already sold mine. After completing Sunshine, Galaxy's movement is just so clunky and slow (and they removed some of the best platforming moves!). It's voice acting for Mario is also very subpar, like nails running across a board with every jump or move. Couldn't play through that.
I'm still surprised people went crazy for the 'limited' thing. The cartridge will still be in production til at least February.
My local Game, Smyths and CEX have shelves full of the game still with some reducing it to £45 and you don't get a good return now if you try trading it for cash either.
As the Switch is doing so well I just can't see this game holding it's value or making more even if you sell it a few years down the line. There will be too many copies out there.
I haven't bought it. I just hope for Zelda's 35th Anniversary next year they don't do a lazy compilation but we get a proper remaster/remake and of course, BOTW2.
@Mrrabbitpuncher wow... talk about nitpicking a great game. You must enjoy a lot of games.
I don't know if the limited availability thing generated a lot more sales, but I bought it simply because I wanted to force myself to actually try out Mario games again. I used to enjoy them back in the day, and trying out Super Mario 64 again sounded like fun.
Haven't actually played any of the trilogy yet but I'll get to it, eventually.
I bought it, while not entirely proud of it. Of course I'm happy with the 3 games included, especially considering the graphical upgrades they've been given.
However, it's an extremely cheap effort from Nintendo and they have dared to smack on a 60 euro price tag, on top of not including Galaxy 2.
In combination with it being artificially limited, it's great business for them but leaves a bad taste as a fan...
Was this not to be expected with a limited time release of 3 of the best Mario games ever made?
I still desperately want Galaxy 2.
I played it a bit on Wii after playing Galaxy on the 3D Collection. Here are my thoughts
Here's hoping we get a Switch version down the road (maybe on Apr 1st after timed exclusivity)
As someone who already owns all three of the games, I will say that while it gives some players the opportunities to play the games they've missed, it certainly doesn't given then the right experience, most notably with Sunshine where the controls have been altered so much.
With 5+ million sold already, I'm sure Nintendo will take your protest to heart
Yeah it's almost as if the physical controller has been altered....itself! 🤯
Plus, no official GameCube Controller support. I'm just gonna stick with the GameCube version instead.
What's not to like, really? It's 3 Mario games that play perfectly well.
I've got it downloaded and a sealed copy for my collection. Not going to lie though, this limited release thing really isn't cool.
If anybody is worried about lack of availability in the future, then just buy now. Problem solved.
@fafonio Oh I do! I'm sure that Galaxy is a great game, but if the movement is so slow, clunky and limited compared to every other 3D Mario game, the very core essence of a Mario 3D platformer game, then it breaks the game for me. I jumped into Galaxy right after Sunshine and the difference in movement and responsiveness is night and day.
Maybe the voice acting is a bit nitpicking, but to me the va is also important in these Mario games as you have to listen to it after every move you make. Just like the older Luigi's Mansion games, the va in these recent games just pale in comparison. I'm not keen on hearing an off-tune, unenthusiastic 'wahooo' after every triplejump (which happens a LOT!).
3 fantastic games.
I bought our local suburban Tesco's copy and then they got two more. There's definitely availability.
@wariofart Voting with your wallet is a right and proper democratic action. The only real problem with it is the prospect of being outvoted.
@WiltonRoots Whereas I am late to the party, but don't have the strength to see how many comments are essentially ignorance and/or repudiation of fundamental economic principles.
Why bother making new games if people will pay for the same thing over and over?
@Donnerkebab The really worrying precedent for me is how Nintendo is going to handle their legacy content going forward. Virtual consoles are truly a thing of the past. Old games aren’t going to be re-released unless Nintendo can find a way to sell them at a premium.
Virtual Console is still here, just that it falls under a different name and got different selection.
...... and yet they want to pull it off shelves forever. Ok...
@StevenG People pay for the same thing cause they know it will be good, it's what they remember and what they could relive. That doesn't mean Nintendo can't make new games to give them something fresh to try as well. Yes a chef could serve you your favorite gourmet meal but you also had the option to try his new entree too.
No the chef only has so much time in his day. He can either add my favorite to the menu or something else.
More and more publishers are moving to this model. It means they make maximum money for minimum investment. I get the economic reasoning, but it hurts gaming overall. Imagine if instead of skyrim rereleases we actually got new games that weren't freemium mobile crapfests.
Many people are buying to sell it later on eBay, but this will probably go the same way as comic books did in the 1990s, people bought those collector's items thinking that in the future, they would be worth millions and they would become rich, but since everyone bought them, they are still worth nothing to this day.
I'm waiting until April when they [hopefully] sell the games individually via the eshop. Then I'll just get Mario Sunshine.
@Clyde_Radcliffe You are in for a treat. Prime trilogy is more or less a certainty at this point. It's just a matter of When it's coming, not If its coming
Have the Collection and i have much fun with it.
The higher Resulution and better (not inverted) camera Controls are making those Games a big Favior.
AMAZED by Galaxy - I remember being awed by it, and it transfers SO well to HD! That game made the whole thing worth it!
STRUGGLING w/30fps of Sunshine and 64 - both games make me motion sick - particularly Sunshine w/it's 'heat' effect.
DISAPPOINTED there's no Galaxy 2 - for my money the best of all the Marios.
They definitely could have done more with the collection.
However, as someone who hadn't really played any of these games, I'd be lying if I said it hasn't been a great experience. 64 has become a new favorite, with Galaxy not far behind. I've finished both already. Sunshine, I'm half-way through. Finding it harder to get into.
I think with 5 million copies sold already your and others boycott is more symbolic than anything else, as with most game boycotts it only ever amounts to a very small number of people overall, my view is if you can't beat them, join them.
Downloaded day one love it. Started Mario 64 again today got about 30 stars had a blast. 30 more tomorrow I think xxx
Day one preorder because they had bonus skin.
You might want to post that in the 3D All Stars Forum.
I think it's a well thought-out theory/suggestion, and others in the forum will probably agree.
It was always going to be a day one purchase for me regardless of any time limit
I got it day 1 expecting at least some early demand due to the limited sale period but all this fuss is overblown. Nintendo absolutely flooded the stores with copies, most stores still have plenty of stock, I thought Walmart had a lot until I saw the overstock cart in Best Buy, they still have loads LOL!
Really if anyone misses out on getting a physical copy they only have themselves to blame. I definitely wouldn't have got it so early if not for the time limit, in fact I even exchanged my unopened new copy for a used one to save a bit of cash but only briefly played galaxy, saving it for later play.
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