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Super Mario Bros. 35 is a ... battle royale version of the original game

35 players duke it out online

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Nintendo’s latest twist on Super Mario Bros., the NES game that kicked off the Super Mario franchise in 1985, is a 35-player Nintendo Switch battle royale game called Super Mario Bros. 35, the company announced Thursday.

Rounds of Super Mario Bros. 35 will feature 35 people playing through the same Super Mario Bros. level simultaneously. Enemies that you defeat will show up in other players’ courses (and vice versa, naturally). Power-ups will be available to give you a boost. And with the right analog stick, you can choose between four strategies — Lowest Time, Most Coins, Attackers, and Random — to try to get an edge.

In a brief trailer Nintendo published Thursday, the interface appears to be similar to the one in another unexpected battle royale take on a classic franchise, 2019’s Tetris 99. And if the idea sounds familiar at all, it might be because of Mario Royale (later DMCA Royale, after Nintendo’s lawyers caught wind of it), a 75-player battle royale version of the game created by a developer named InfernoPlus.

Super Mario Bros. 35 will be released Oct. 1 in the Nintendo Switch eShop, but it will be available exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. And as part of Nintendo’s 35th anniversary celebration of Super Mario Bros., the game will only be playable until March 31, 2021. We’ve asked Nintendo about why Super Mario Bros. 35 will disappear after six months, and we’ll update this article with any information we receive.

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