Throughout 35 years of Super Mario Bros. history, Mario has used power-ups to transform countless times, from Fire Mario to Tanooki Mario to Bee Mario and beyond.
But the moment has finally arrived for Mario to assume a fearsome new feline form. He’ll need all the help he can get, since Bowser has become gargantuan and lost all control.
In a new trailer (above), Nintendo tore back the curtains to reveal additional footage from the upcoming Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, launching on 12th February 2021 for the Nintendo Switch family of systems.
Nintendo also unveiled the new Nintendo Switch – Mario Red & Blue Edition, with a distinct red-and-blue colour scheme in honour of Mario’s iconic outfit. This special edition hardware will be available through select retailers beginning the 12th February 2021. It includes red Joy-Con controllers with blue straps, a blue Joy-Con grip, a red Nintendo Switch dock and a red Nintendo Switch system – making this the first time the Nintendo Switch system itself will be available in a new colour. It will also include a stylised Mario Red & Blue Edition Carrying Case and a screen protector to help protect the Nintendo Switch when traveling through Warp Pipes or anywhere else life’s adventures may lead them.
While some players may be familiar with the original Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury for Nintendo Switch offers a number of additions to scratch the itch for new content. In the Super Mario 3D World part of the game, players can adventure through a whirlwind of colourful courses with friends and family wherever they may be, now with both online and local co-op multiplayer for up to four players, taking on the roles of characters like Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad.
Two new amiibo figures will be launching alongside the game and are available as a double pack for purchase separately from the game at select retailers. Both the new Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibo will offer in-game enhancements for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. Bowser and Bowser Jr. also have large roles to play in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, and their amiibo figures, which will also be returning for purchase at select retailers, have special activations in Bowser’s Fury, too.
In addition to new details about the adventure that awaits in Bowser’s Fury, Nintendo also announced the Super Mario Bros. 35 World Count Challenge, a special event for Super Mario Bros. 35 in which players from all over the world can work together to try to complete goals during a set period of time. A Nintendo Switch Online membership offers access to the competitive online battle game, Super Mario Bros. 35, for fans looking for a twist on a classic challenge. Players can put their Mario skills to the test during the Super Mario Bros. 35 World Count Challenge, which will be held three times from January to March 2021.
To achieve the goal of the first Super Mario Bros. 35 World Count Challenge, players around the world must work together to defeat 3.5 million Bowsers during the event period, which runs from 6:00pm AEDT on 19th January to 5:59pm AEDT on 26th January 2021. In addition to the 35-Player Battle, in which players can defeat Bowser as part of the regular gameplay, the Special Battle that week will feature courses with additional opportunities to battle with Bowser.
If the number of total Bowsers defeated in the game by players around the world rises to 3.5 million during the event, eligible players who defeat at least one Bowser can receive 350 Platinum Points. These points can be redeemed for any reward that requires Platinum Points on My Nintendo. Additional details about the next World Count Challenges taking place in February and March will be revealed in the future.
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