As you might recall, Nintendo released a "limited-time" battle royale title called Super Mario Bros. 35 on the Switch eShop in 2020. Although the game could still be active, the company decided to take it offline when Mario's anniversary celebrations ended.
If it wasn't already hard enough for fans of this short-lived release, Nintendo has now used the same title in a Japanese customer support tweet about how to delete games you no longer play (or in this case, can no longer access) on the Switch. Here's the tweet, as highlighted by Twitter user Kyle McLain:
As useless as this Mario icon might be nowadays, a lot of users don't seem to be able to bring themselves to delete the game from their Switch home menu. And while it makes sense for Nintendo to use Super Mario Bros. 35 as an example, many fans noted it was rubbing salt in the wound - further stating how they would "never forget".
Have you deleted Super Mario Bros. 35 from your own Switch home menu yet? Tell us below.
They just haaad to rub salt on the wound. They just haaaaaaad to
....Thank you Nintendo for tormenting us even more.
NEVER FORGET!(mario 35)
Really trying to show us that we're never getting this game back, for whatever dumb reason that might be.
They had to give us a tutorial on how to remove it from our switches, since they know that it's a dead file taking up space.
The funny thing is... I recently re-downloaded all of my games on to my new Switch OLED, and it allowed me to re-download this one too. That was surprising.
I mean...why keep something that you can’t play?
I delete it long time ago, that 35th anniversary was a crappy anniversary anyways. All this tells us is that digital distribution is not the future of gaming media at all. How can digital be the future when things kept getting extinct? That's like saying the dodos are the future, where are they now?
I am never deleting my digital copy of Super Mario Bros. 35, it holds sentimental value!
I delete demos and such all the time, but I can't bring myself to remove Mario 35. I don't truly believe they will ever bring it back, but I can wish.
p.s. There would be less reason to remove icons you like if they gave us folders.
Nintendo's playing with power. Bully power.
I opened it once to listen to the title music, not gonna lie. Nintendo should've put that banger in Smash Bros!
God I remember Mario 35. Such a cool concept, absolutely meh execution. I remember getting my first win and never touching it again. The fact that they're using it as the game to delete though? That's just mean.
It's like the evil version of the post-credits scene where the guy says "You're still here? Go home!"
I deleted it ages ago. If they do ever decide to bring it back online, I can just redownload it.
I am still holding on to a fool's hope that they will bring Super Mario 35 back someday.
It's almost as if Nintendo thinks their player base are nothing but stupid toddlers who can't operate a game controller.
Not only is this this tweet insulting to my intelligence personally, but as others have stated, is pouring salt in the wound with the game they obviously chose to demonstrate with.
Sometimes I honestly wish that NOJ would sell all their assets to NOA and go back to being a card company.
On the plus side, we are getting close to Super Mario 40.
Saw the screens hot in my RSS feed and got briefly excited. Then I saw the headline.
I'm just going to go sulk in the corner now, thanks.
i didnt delete it and I probably never will.
They could rerelease it as part of the NSO+EP to make it more valuable
I got my switch when it only had 2 days left to play, was rather disappointing to only get a few matches in because I didn't want to play more and get attached before it was gone.
@SeantheDon29 but then Nintendo would not be the same company. I find them frustrating sometimes too but I admire them because ultimately it’s their different approach which is so endearing and sometimes genius.
@Greatluigi In hope that somehow, someday, it is eventually resurrected and becomes available to play again? Just a thought...
@Filth_Element I disagree. If anyone else did that, we'd all call them d*ckheads and a**holes. And in this case, that is exactly how I would describe Nintendo. :/ Sorry, but it's gotta go both ways. You can't slam Konami for taking down PT while giving Nintendo the pass for killing Super Mario 35.
Nintendo does what Nintendo does...not make sense.
The "limited time digital download" was one of nintendos worst trends. And for an online game that uses significantly less players than the other 99-style games, for one of the most iconic games of all time. I'll never understand it
For how inconsistent Nintendo may be on a lot of things, one thing that remains consistent is their inability to read the room.
Trololol: Nintendo really doesn't see the problem. "the game doesn't function anymore right? Just delete it to make some space right?".
Nintendo sadly still sees games as deposable toys. So you can bet that with Switch 2 they just delete the current eshop and start from scratch yet again. Poof, thousands of games gone!
Why did they even disable it in the first place? It was the most fun one of all the battle royale classic game spins.
Come on now.
If they HADN'T closed it down, people would complain if they didn't also keep updating it.
It was a 35th anniversary Mario Bros. thing. It stopped making sense after the end of that year. I understand why people miss it though. Personally, I've enjoyd Tetris 99 way more, but that's besides the point. ^^
On one hand, it does seem weird they'd devote any such development time to a game that only stuck around for less than a year.
On the other hand, I kiiiiiinda respect their commitment? Like, it's 1000% a stupid move (especially as it added a net positive value to the NSO subscription), but dang it, if they're not sticking by that for the time being.
I didn't delete it. Its all about the memories. Man that game was fun! I would buy it in a heartbeat. Hopefully they bring it back for 40. Or maybe they'll use super mario bros 3 next time.
@Pod I bought Settlers 2 10th Anniversary edition when that edition itself was 10 years old. I don't buy this "it was an anniversary thing so it's ok to kill it" argument. Especially when it's popular and a good advertisement for NSO.
Nintendo starting early, for the "Most deleted game of the year" award.
Remember E3 1995 where that Sony exec walked up to the podium and said only, "$299," then walked off just to really stick it to Sega? I'm imagining a Nintendo exec doing the same, except they flip off the audience while saying only, "**** you, **** pigs."
Nintendo reminds us of how it is an anti-consumer company. Microsoft buys every developer and gives the games away on Gamepass, and Nintendo charges for online and then takes away games we've paid for. If Microsoft bought Nintendo, things like this would never happen.
How epic, huh. They won't let us forget the 35.
That's actually kinda funny, not gonna lie.
@Enigk Mario is a month older than me…not a good sign at all. Over the hill, here I come!
This hurt more than getting hit by the first goomba in 1-1.
In both the original Super Mario Bros and even more so in Super Mario Bros 35.
I was just discussing how much I miss that game!!!!
Oh I get that angle. And it's not that it's "ok" to kill it.
It's that it would make all that much sense for Nintendo to keep it running. It's costs no money to still sell Settler II Anniversary Edition (which is a terrific game!), but it costs money to keep servers active for Super Mario 35. And, if they HAD kept it going, people would also have complained if they didn't keep it maintained, hacker/cheater free, and updated with new content every once in a while.
So I'm assuming here that Nintendo would rather it be remembered as a thing that was happening during that year of celebration. And that (as a more scummy part of the decision making) they'd rather have people remember SMB as the game it originally was, than the form it took during the run of Mario 35.
The legacy of Super Mario Bros. is -incredibly- valuable to them, and they guard the perception of this legacy very closely.
I'm not saying it's reasonable. I'm not saying it's fair.
But I'm saying it isn't crazy. ^^
That ***** gonna sit in my menu til it falls off, period lol.
It is the first time I spontaneously think of a move as "acid". I don't know what that means. I just feel it is. Acid. An acid move.
@inenai As in it erodes goodwill?
SO MUCH TORMET. But, I mean, on the bright side, they mentioned it at least? No. There’s no bright side.
@SmaggTheSmug As in it makes me feel bitter and makes mi face twist in cringe
This is more than placing salt on the wound, this is taking a gallon-sized bucket and dumping it on a flesh wound.
Nintendo's so messing with us right now lmao
Baffling why they keep Tetris 99 going but not Mario 35.
@Ryu_Niiyama That makes me feel even older!
By the biggest coincidence ever, on January 18, around 11 hours before their own, I've posted a random tweet saying how I was keeping this game installed because I still wanted to believe in it!. Now I feel personally attacked!
@UltraZelda64 well it was made very clear from the get go that Mario 35 was a limited time thing so no not really the same as PT at all. Personally I find this vid by Nintendo very funny for the saltiness it’s just too funny 😂
I've archived it since I can't play it anyway, but I'll /never/ delete the icon from my home screen. We remember, we hope.
@Filth_Element That is a fair point, and for that reason I was pissed, reluctant to even bother playing a game effectively written in disappearing ink, and calling out Nintendo since their original announcement of the game and its artificially limited status.
@UltraZelda64 yeah I do understand but I think I’m just saying for as crazy frustrated Nintendo have made me personally in the past they have also massively surprised and delighted me in equal measure. 😀
I wish I could still play it, but this is so funny lol
Never forget. For all time. Always!
Them shutting it down raised the question of 'why make it in the first place'? It's not a case like Tetris 99 or Pac-Man 99 where it's another company's IP they could lose or a license ended, so why shut it down? Even more insulting because it's not like it was a test to open the floodgates for other similar games - nothing came of this but annoyance. So WHY?
SMB35 is still alive with a very active and continuously growing community. All you need is a hackable Switch or a fast enough computer to play using the Ryujinx emulator. More information in the link below and thank you for your continued interest.
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