Nintendo Goes Mario-Crazy On His 25th

Mario Anniversary

It is Mario’s 25th Birthday this year and Nintendo is releasing a slew of Mario themed goods.

Mario DSi XL

First to the bat is a Mario themed DSi and DSi XL.  They are going to be released in Japan on October 28th for ¥14,800 and ¥18,000 respectively (~$180 and $218).

Mario Anniversary Wii

Next there’s the Mario themed Wii.  This system will go on sale in Japan on November 11th for ¥20,000 (~$240).  The system will also be preloaded with a copy of the original Super Mario Bros.  but with a small change.  Every coin block in the game will have the number 25 on it instead of the “?”.

Mario Anniversary All-Stars

The final item on the list is a re-release of Super Mario All-Stars for the Wii.  This package comes with the game that was released on the Super Nintendo, a soundtrack of all Mario music and a book telling the history of Mario.  This amazing package will go on sale in Japan on October 21st for ¥2,500 (~$30) and also in Europe on December 3rd.

My question after seeing all of these goodies is, where’s the love for the US.  It’s been said before, but I still don’t understand why these collectible packages so often never cross the ocean.  I would say even more so though with this, Mario’s 25th Anniversary, that the US should see some sort of special release.  My generation grew up with the NES and even for those that maybe preferred other consoles, there’s no denying Mario holds a place in many American’s hearts.

For now we will just have to wait and see if any of the Mario goodness comes our way.  Otherwise my wallet will be getting a lot thinner when I travel to Japan later this year.

Written by Bryan

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