In an unannounced Nintendo Direct presentation, which was already a surprise, had a big announcement for the Mario franchise. A battle royale named Super Mario Bros. 35. It’s similar to Tetris 99, so it’s not like the traditional shooter royale (because that would be silly).
In Mario 35, you start off in a standard game of the original Super Mario Bros. alongside 34 other players. You’ll be competing to be the last one standing as everyone races to the finish. As you defeat enemies, you can send them to other players who then have to contend with them, and the same can happen to you.
So this means you’ll be battling your own enemies and whatever pops up on your screen from the other players. However, there are new tools (like the “item roulette”) to help you deal with them. Also similar to Tetris 99, you can use the right stick to select who you’ll be sending enemies to — attackers, random players, those with the most coins, or with the lowest time.
Super Mario Bros. 35 is going to be free for those who have a Nintendo Switch Online membership. It’s not available for non-members, and will be releasing on October 1st. However, it will only be available to play until March 31st 2021, a little over six months.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Mario franchise, so the “35” in the title is not a random number.