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'Super Mario 3D All-Stars' brings a trio of classic games to the Nintendo Switch on a limited run — here's how to buy the collection before it's gone for good

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"Super Mario 3D All-Stars" brings three classic Mario games to the Nintendo Switch.
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  • "Super Mario 3D All-Stars" is a Nintendo Switch collection featuring "Super Mario 64," "Super Mario Sunshine," and "Super Mario Galaxy."
  • All three classic games have been upgraded to high definition resolution and given updated controls, though the general look and feel will remain the same.
  • You can buy "Super Mario 3D All-Stars" now for $59.99 from several retailers, including Amazon, GameStopTarget, and Best Buy
  • However, Nintendo says "Super Mario 3D All-Stars" will only be available for purchase until March 31, 2021.
  • Read more: The best Nintendo Switch games

In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the "Super Mario" franchise, Nintendo has released "Super Mario 3D All-Stars," collecting three of the iconic plumber's classic adventures for the Nintendo Switch, but it will only be available for a few months. The games included are "Super Mario 64," "Super Mario Sunshine," and "Super Mario Galaxy."

"Super Mario 3D All-Stars" costs $59.99 for all three games and both physical and digital versions are available. However, Nintendo says "Super Mario 3D All-Stars" will only be available until March 31, 2021, at which point the digital download will no longer be sold and new physical copies will no longer be made.

It's unclear why "Super Mario 3D All-Stars" will only be made available for a limited time, especially since "Super Mario" is Nintendo's flagship franchise and fans have been eager to see the games restored and preserved on Nintendo's newest hardware.

Digital versions of "Super Mario 64," "Super Mario Galaxy," and "Super Mario Galaxy 2" are available on Nintendo's previous console, the Wii U. "Super Mario Sunshine" was released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002 and you still need the original game disc to play it legally — the game has never been made available digitally before "Super Mario 3D All-Stars."

Hopefully, Nintendo will make "Super Mario 64," "Super Mario Sunshine," and "Super Mario Galaxy" available as separate digital downloads when "Super Mario 3D All-Stars" is no longer available, and with any luck, "Super Mario Galaxy 2" will be added to the Switch library as well.

How to buy "Super Mario 3D All-Stars" for the Nintendo Switch

You can buy "Super Mario 3D All-Stars" digitally through Nintendo's eShop for $59.99, which will let you download the game to play right away, so long as you have the 4.9GB install space needed on your Switch. As noted above, the game will only be available to buy until March 31, 2021.

If you want a physical copy to keep long after Nintendo stops selling "Super Mario 3D All-Stars," you can now buy the game at most major retailers, including Amazon, GameStopTarget, and Best Buy

"Super Mario 3D All-Stars," $59.99 at Best Buy

"Super Mario 3D All-Stars," $59.99 at Amazon

"Super Mario 3D All-Stars," $59.99 at GameStop

"Super Mario 3D All-Stars," $59.99 at Target

What other Mario games are coming to the Nintendo Switch?

"Super Mario 3D All-Stars" is just one part of Nintendo's big celebration for the "Super Mario" franchise's 35th anniversary. The company made slew of announcements that included several new games. 

Another updated release for the Switch, "Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury," will remaster the 2013 Wii U release, adding online play and a new set of levels. "Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury" will be available on February 12, 2021, and you can preorder the game now.

"Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury," $59.99 at Best Buy

"Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury," $59.99 at GameStop

"Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury," $59.99 at Target

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