The best Mario game of all time is apparently getting a remake

The best Mario game of all time is apparently getting a remake
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Tom Chapman

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25th Oct 2023 15:32

Nintendo has churned out some epic Mario games over the years, and from his humble start as Jumpman through to his 2D platforming era, 3D adventures to open-world outings, he's rightly earned his place as the gaming giant's mascot.

Although we've heard nothing but rumours about a sequel to 2017's Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo has kept us stuffed with a steady flow of new games like Super Mario Bros. Wonder and upcoming releases, including the Super Mario RPG remake. Now, could we get a remake of the best Mario game of all time?

Super Mario Bros. 3 remake could be on the way

According to Nintendo insider Zippo, Super Mario Bros. 3 is being discussed internally at Nintendo for a potential remake. They refer to their source claiming there have been "serious discussions" about another remake. Zippo concludes, "This is just a game Nintendo can't leave alone, and it's hard to not blame them."

First released in Japan for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988, the 2D platformer made it over to North America in 1990. Super Mario Bros. 3 has since been re-released as part of Super Mario All-Stars (1993 on SNES) and again as Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (2003 for the Game Boy Advance). 

With Super Mario Bros. 3 having just celebrated its 35th anniversary, the timing couldn't be better to revisit the Tanooki Suit. There's no word on what this "brand-new" remake will be, whether a simple re-release or a full-blown reimagining. Either way, we don't imagine it'll be like 2023's Resident Evil 4 remake.

The Switch 2 could mean big things for Mario

Super Mario Bros 3 title screen
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With the evidence mounting that the long-rumoured Nintendo Switch 2 is on the way (possibly in 2024), we're on tenterhooks for the presumed return of Mario. Super Mario Bros. Wonder and the Mario vs. Donkey Kong remake are all well and good, but for us grumpy Goombas, we need a full-blown 3D return for the portly plumber.

We have remakes galore in the works right now, with the RPG remake, Luigi's Mansion, and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. There are hopes at least some of these will land on the Switch 2, and who knows, we could have an Odyssey successor to go with them. Either way, we'll take a Super Mario Bros. 3 remake if it's on offer.

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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