Is Mario Dying?

Is Mario Dying?

Audrey Holmes, Reporter

Nintendo, a Japanese multinational electronics and video game company, has recently held headlines because of their decision to discontinue two of their best selling games. The discontinued games are “Super Mario 3D All-Stars” and “Super Mario Bros 35.” Both games were recently remastered for the Nintendo Switch in celebration of the “Super Mario Bros” 35th anniversary back in September 2020. Nintendo also released special 35th anniversary Super Mario products. Both of the games along with the special products were on sale through March 31. That news started panic throughout the Mario community, leaving fans wondering why everything would stop selling on such an odd date. The conclusion they came to: Mario was about to die.

Arguably Nintendo’s most beloved character, Mario, has supposedly died. After last year’s announcement that specific products in the Super Mario franchise would not be available after March 31, fans went crazy and came up with the conclusion that Mario would be saving his princess for the last time. There is a light at the end of the warp pipe. The friendly face of the red-themed plumber will still be around. At the end of February, Nintendo let out a reminder to purchase those limited edition games and that a few titles like “Super Mario 3D World,” “Bowser’s Fury,” and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit” will still be available after the set date.  

So far, there has been no word from Nintendo about the fans speculations. They simply set out reminders that the titles will no longer be available and that specific titles will still be able to be purchased. Despite all that, Mario fans have been persistent about their theory. Some particularly passionate fans took to twitter to mourn their so-called loss. They put out tweets saying, “Mario dies tomorrow, I’m gonna miss him,” one fan said, adding a sad faced emoji at the end. Another said, “Mario dies tomorrow. I can already feel the pain.”