The title is an anthology containing three classic 3D Mario platformers: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. It was one of several games Nintendo put out over the past year to coincide with Mario’s 35th anniversary.
As such, it is a limited-release title. Obviously, anyone who has already purchased the game will be able to keep it. However, come March 31st, Nintendo will no longer produce new copies, and will remove the game from its eShop.
The same goes for the online-only Super Mario 35, which pits up to 35 players against each other in an eccentric take on the original Super Mario Bros. Likewise, the retro handheld Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. is ceasing production as well.
In an interview with Polygon, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser explained their decision for the limited release. According to Bowser, these titles were simply part of a historical celebration of Mario’s 35th anniversary, rather than enduring part of the Switch catalogue.
Nevertheless, fans have been understandably frustrated by this decision. It also cuts off a whole generation of potential new Switch owners from these titles. However, Bowser has promised that this will not become the norm for Nintendo, though he stands by the marketing strategy.
Luckily, gamers can still enjoy Nintendo‘s newest Mario release: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, which has garnered rave reviews from critics.