Welcome to the Last Month of Mario’s Life

It was-a me, Mario

We are officially in Mar. 2021, which Nintendo has declared will be the final month for all characters whose names start with M-A-R. At the end of this month, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a Switch collection of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy will stop being sold both physically and on the Switch eShop. It is unclear if Nintendo plans to go to store shelves and destroy copies of the game in front of children, but it did not put out a press release saying it won’t do that.

Additionally, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, a classic Fire Emblem title translated into English for the first time will also be taken off the eShop, making it the first video game whose title takes longer to say out loud than the length of time it was available to buy.

Finally, outside the realm of “These are just old games who cares?” we have Super Mario 35, the battle royale version of Super Mario Bros. which got its first — and final! — appearance at Awesome Games Done Quick this past January. This game will go offline, and thus be completely unplayable for old and new players alike, at the end of March.

Just a heads up for those looking for any of these products. Nintendo argues that these are anniversary titles and they do not expect to time-limit every product, as if that somehow makes time-limiting at all a logical thing to do. Considering the sales of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, however, I doubt this is the last time we see the platform holder employ this particular strategy.