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.