Update: Following on from the statement posted on Nintendo's Japanese social media channels (see our original article below), Nintendo of Europe has also shared further confirmation of the upcoming product takedowns:
"The Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary will come to an end on March 31st, 2021. After this date, the following limited-time products and services released in special recognition of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. will end or be removed from sale.
The digital version of Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available until March 31st, 2021. If you have purchased the digital version before March 31st, 2021, you will be able to redownload the software after this date if it has been archived or deleted from your console. The physical version of Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available at your local retailers while stocks last. Please check with your local retailer for information on current availability.
The Super Mario Bros. 35 service will end on March 31st, 2021, and will no longer be playable, even if you still have the game downloaded on your Nintendo Switch console.
The Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. system will continue to be shipped to retailers through approximately March 31st, 2021, and will be available for purchase while supplies last. Please check with your local retailer for information on current availability.
Apparel and other products included in the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary collection on the Nintendo Official UK Store will be removed from sale on March 31st, 2021."
Original Article (Mon 1st Mar, 2021 14:30 GMT): Today sees the beginning of March, which sadly means that a number of Mario products will soon be pulled out of stores and will no longer be manufactured.
In case you missed the news, on 31st March 2021, Nintendo plans to stop selling Super Mario 3D All-Stars, both physically and 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 Super Mario Maker's having its online services shut down. Oh, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light is being sacrificed, too.
The reasoning behind these removals hasn't been communicated, and while the date falling in line with the turn of the financial year does seem suspicious, there's simply no way of knowing for sure why Nintendo wishes to prevent fans from enjoying these products going forward.
You might remember that with Jump Rope Challenge, a Nintendo eShop freebie that was destined to only be available for a limited time, Nintendo actually went back on its decision to pull the title from the store. Naturally, we were hoping that the company would pull the same trick here, letting fans continue to buy and play these Mario games after that 31st March date, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
As of today, 1st March, the taking down of these products is very much still on, as confirmed by a recent tweet from Nintendo's official Japanese account:
A rough translation reads, "The 'Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary' campaign will end at the end of March 2021. With the end of the campaign, the production, sales and services of some products will also end."
If you're wanting to get your hands on Super Mario 3D All-Stars or the fancy Game & Watch, it looks like you might have to act quick before they become an eBay-only affair. As for Super Mario Bros. 35, well... it looks like it'll simply cease to exist.