Super Mario All-Stars, one of the greatest compilation games ever created hasn't seen a re-release since the mid '90s when it was repackaged with Super Mario World. For those not in the know, this collection originally contained Super Mario Bros. 1-3 and The Lost Levels, the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2. I often wondered if Nintendo had any plans to release the collection Virtual Console. Turns out the company is going to do this baby one better.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. Now unless you've spent the last 25 years in a coma, I don't need to tell you that Super Mario Bros. launched what is easily considered the greatest platforming game series of all-time. To commemorate the occasion, Nintendo is once again releasing the Super Mario Collection (the Japanese name of Super Mario All-Stars) as the Super Mario Collection Pack on October 21st in Japan.
Sounds cool, right? It gets better. Along with the collection, comes some very nice 25th anniversary packaging, a booklet detailing Mario's history, and a CD that sports select music from Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario Galaxy 2. All this at the price of 2000 yen, which is roughly around $24 US dollars.
There's no word on an American release and if it does end up coming to the states, how much you wanna bet all we end up getting is the game and none of the extras? As much as I love them, Nintendo of America practically makes a habit of screwing us over time and again. I mean, if they release the game, great, but I want that extra stuff! I just may end up importing this one and I'll gladly pay the shipping cost.
Interestingly, next year will mark Mario's 30th anniversary (Donkey Kong was Mario's first game, released in 1981) so I wonder if Nintendo has any plans for that.
Special thanks to Super Mario wiki for the heads up on this one!