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Just days away from its release, a copy of Super Mario 3D All-Stars made it into the hands of the Nintendo Switch hacking community. With the cartridge dumped and uploaded, the three-in-one game has been tinkered with, to say the least. Sure, there are individuals playing the game ahead of its release, but others are doing their best to answer a variety of questions we all had after the game was officially announced.

OatmealDome on Twitter has been sharing their findings online and answered the big “emulated or not emulated” question. Yes, all three games are emulated. There’s more to it though:


Even with Super Mario Galaxy running natively on the Nintendo Switch’s CPU (recompiled original code), while the GPU and audio runs on the emulator, there’s no mention of Super Mario Galaxy 2 in the game’s code. Sorry! With this method established, hopefully, this will be a point in favor of bringing Super Mario Galaxy 2 to the Nintendo Switch in a future release.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be officially available in-stores on Friday, September 18th.

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)