Update (4/2/2021): Turns out Mario isn’t missing after all! Thanks to everyone for joining us for this April Fools’ jest! We had a lot of fun, and we hope you did, too.

 


 

We’ve known for some time now that March 31st would be the end of Mario’s 35th Anniversary celebrations, and the final day of availability for Super Mario 3D All-Stars. Since its announcement, we’ve all held out hope that Nintendo would change their minds on this odd release strategy, and at the very least sell the remastered collection of classics piecemeal on the eShop. 

Alas, The Big N has held true to its word, and the collection is officially no more. 

It’s not all bad news, however, as it turns out Kimishima’s game development savants had one last anniversary surprise up their sleeve: Without any sort of announcement or fanfare, Nintendo has released Mario is Missing! Remastered + Bowser’s Jury for Nintendo Switch!

 

 

This lovingly crafted remaster of the 1993 classic features updated visuals, new levels, and the all new Bowser’s Jury mode!

 

“Mario is Missing — again! Bowser has grown tired of his princess-kidnapping plans being ever-foiled by Mario, and has decided to take down the Mushroom Kingdom’s finest plumber himself! Join Luigi in a globe-trotting adventure to rescue his missing brother, meeting classic Mario characters along the way such as Kersti, Huey, and Rock Paper Wizard!

Explore a gorgeously rendered variety of updated and all-new iconic locales such as the crystal clear waterways of Venice, the scaffolding-encased Big Ben clock tower, and the incomplete US Border Wall! This updated classic includes all content from the MS-DOS, NES, SNES, and Macintosh versions of the game, with new secrets and power-ups hidden throughout.

Players who complete the main game will unlock the new Bowser’s Jury mode! This new story takes place after the events of the main game, in which the King of the Koopas must stand trial for his crimes before a jury of his peers. Players will work alongside Detective Toad to gather evidence and eyewitness reports before presenting them before the honorable Judge Donkey Kong.”

 

 

Alongside the release of this jam-packed remaster, Nintendo has shared info on an all-new amiibo! The Missing Mario amiibo features the mustachioed plumber’s stunning new character model, and will allow owners of the figure to immediately unlock the Bowser’s Jury mode as well as the newly-restored San Francisco stage “Alcatraz Escape.”

In this new alternate-ending stage, Mario has escaped his Koopa captors using nothing but spoons, bedsheets, and a moldy Super Mushroom, and begun his desperate swim for freedom across the Fish Bone-infested waters of San Francisco Bay. Luigi must team up with Coast Guard Toad to find and rescue Mario from the frigid waters before it’s too late!

The Missing Mario amiibo is set to release later this month as a Toys”R”Us exclusive, and much like the Animal Crossing Sanrio amiibo cards, will only be available as an online order with in-store pickup. We’ll update this piece once pre-orders go live, so make sure to check back often!

Mario is Missing! Remastered + Bowser’s Jury is available now on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $59.99, and as a free update for all owners of Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

 

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Written by Marcus Ramirez

A writer and dreamer who loves all things tropical, bright, colorful, and shiny. Marcus is obsessed with Kingdom Hearts and patiently awaits its triumphant return to Nintendo hardware. He has a (totally real) court order that requires him to always have a 3DS or Switch on his person when leaving the house for more than a few hours.

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  1. James says:

    ‘Mario is Missing’ is such a great classic on the Super Nintendo! It’s an Educational game and I’ve enjoyed it when I was younger. I’m so glad they are remaking the game in HD! 😉

    Rating: 5
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  2. Ronald says:

    April fool

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  3. Bobby says:

    THIS IS AN APRIL FOOL’S JOKE, and a very untasteful one too. Booo.

    Rating: 1
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  4. Hairless P0thead says:

    That artwork is nice at least. Also Kimishima isn’t president anymore.

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  5. Candace says:

    Rude 😂

    Rating: 2
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  6. Dylan says:

    Hopefully, the Zelda CDi All Stars will be out this year as well!

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  7. Goth Mom says:

    I don’t know. This feels kinda sus

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  8. Punky Brewster says:

    *confirmed* Zelda OOT being released on the Nintendo Switch as part of the 35th Anniversary set.

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  9. FartCancer says:

    The incomplete border wall. Lol

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  10. Jijo says:

    Fuck you.

    Rating: 1
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  11. Nicholas says:

    This has to be an April fools joke

    Rating: 4
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  12. Linda says:

    Dumb. Site has been blacklisted. Enjoy the few clicks you get from this, then back into obscurity.

    Rating: 1
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  13. Wesley White says:

    THIS IS NOT FUNNY AT ALL!! I HAD MY HOPES UP FOR THIS, AND YOU MAKE IT AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE?!?! FUCK YOU!! BURN IN HELL!! THIS WEBSITE IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE SHOWING FALSE INFORMATION WHATSOEVER!! GET A FUCKING LIFE, YOU IDIOTS!! SMGDFH!!

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  14. Nodox says:

    Blocked from my news feed nintendowire

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  15. Jody says:

    So funny! You got me. April Fools when you click the link.. 🤣🤣🤣

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  16. Zach says:

    The salty comments made this post 4000x funnier

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  17. Bobby says:

    Fuck this stupid story. April fools fake story articles are so played out. Shitty writers have nothing else to write about so use this as an easy excuse to publish a story. Be better shit stains.

    Rating: 1
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  18. looool says:

    Damn, why are you guys so mad? I didn’t realize there were so many oblivious, die-hard fans of MIM lol

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  19. Christy says:

    A sense of humor is essential in life, but I would rather not have to teach my child such a life lesson so that a bored asshole of an adult can get some hits on their website that apparently sucks so much that it hasn’t been seen since 1993.

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  20. Tigerbear79 says:

    I hate y’all. I was so into the idea of Mario missing remaster on switch till I found out it was a cruel April fool’s joke. Awful awful awful. 😭

    Rating: 1
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  21. Makayla says:

    I was so excited! Mean April Fools joke 🙁

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  22. Serra says:

    The Amiibo was an especially nice touch. 🤣

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  23. Lil timmy says:

    Mario’s not missing he’s dead they killed him and they’re trying to cover it up

    Rating: 3
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  24. Test Tester says:

    I am creating a log in, just to make this comment. I can take a joke, but not from a news outlet. I would have thought of funny if you said “maybe they should release Mario is missing”. But to make an entire fake article means to me you’ve lost your credibility for some clicks. I’m blocking you from my news feed.

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  25. WTF says:

    Wtf is up with all these comments lol. You can tell its a joke before even clicking the link.. Bowser’s JURY didn’t give it away? And what company/news site DIDNT do an april fools joke yesterday? Yall are getting mad over a joke about a remake of shitty game from 1993.. Get a life lol

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  26. Elizabeth says:

    I would still play that

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  27. Mary says:

    Don’t even START on that “1-store-exclusive-online-order-only” amiibo bullsh*t, Nintendo!!

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  28. Seth W says:

    Outright mean spirited and rude. Blocking Nintendo wire. Grow up idiots.

    Rating: 1
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  29. Sadfan says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    D=

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  30. Trexyn says:

    This is a horrible April fool’s joke and an insult to longtime fans of the Mario series (even tho “Mario is Missing” is more of an abdication from the traditional series. How many of us read this and immediately popped in our physical copy of Mario All Stars 3D only to learn we’ve been dooped? Shame on us for falling for it.

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