Masahiro Sakurai may have rolled over into another year of sharing anniversaries recreated in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but that doesn’t mean he can’t work in some formerly unrepresented games as well. Last week saw a handful of game’s get that very treatment, the majority of them with the word “Super” in their title. The most visually impressive of the lot (in my opinion) just so happens to be one of Sakurai’s own titles.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 7th anniversary
2014年のきょう『大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS』(Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS)日本で発売!! 海外は少し後｡
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) September 13, 2021
There may be some differences, but this is still a faithful recreation of Smash 3DS’ box art. The lineup of characters are present and accounted for (everyone is here, after all) and ready for another round whether on handheld or the big screen!
Super Mario Maker – 6th anniversary
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) September 10, 2021
It may take some ingenuity and patience to craft a masterpiece of your own, but Super Mario Maker’s real claim to fame is the infinitesimal library of courses to run and jump through. It may be overtaken by its own sequel in every non-amiibo regard, but the original Mario Maker is still one of the Wii U’s finest thanks to the GamePad.
Densetsu no Starfy – 19th anniversary
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) September 6, 2020
Mario Bros. (on NES) – 38th anniversary
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) September 9, 2021
Super Mario Bros. – 36th anniversary
— 桜井 政博 / Masahiro Sakurai (@Sora_Sakurai) September 13, 2020
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Notably, this isn’t a fresh image – Sakurai has retweeted the screenshot he supplied last year on the game’s highly celebrated 35th anniversary. That said, the use of Samus alongside Mario is fitting considering the bounty hunter’s upcoming return in Metroid Dread next month.