Super Mario is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and a new report suggests Nintendo has big plans for a birthday blowout. According to VGC, multiple sources have confirmed to the outlet that Nintendo is planning to hold a special event to celebrate Super Mario's debut in 1985, with "most of Super Mario's back catalog" getting remastered for Nintendo Switch.
Eurogamer followed this report to specifically cite 1997’s Super Mario 64, 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine and 2007’s Super Mario Galaxy as games to be included in the remastered lineup, though the list is non-exhaustive for now. VGC also reported that new games are being planned too, including a sequel to Paper Mario and Super Mario 3D World Deluxe.
All of this Super Mario news was meant to come during E3 week, but sources say Nintendo is now considering how to deliver the show with E3 canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Super Mario celebration is also meant to include more news about the Super Nintendo World theme park currently being built in Japan, the new LEGO Super Mario playset which allows creators to build their own real-life levels, as well as the new Super Mario animated movie currently in production at Universal.
There's no word yet on a sequel to Super Mario Odyssey, though many have speculated that the company must be working on it as the original was such a hit. That game finished as the very best reviewed title of 2017 on OpenCritic, the year the Switch released. It earned an immaculate 97 average from 145 reviews, with 98% of critics recommending the game for play.