Red collectors packaging for Wii collection of classic Mario titles.
By Anoop Gantayat
Retailers provided first word on Super Mario Collection Special Pack a couple of weeks back. Today, Nintendo finally got around to announcing the game via an official site.
Super Mario Collection Special Pack will be released on October 21, priced at ¥2,500. It is being released as a limited edition product.
The game ships in a special red collectors box sporting a Super Mario 25th Anniversary logo. Inside the box, you'll find a copy of a Wii game called Super Mario Collection, a booklet that runs through the past 25 years of Super Mario history complete with unseen artwork and development materials, and a soundtrack CD spanning the first Super Mario Bros. through Galaxy 2.
The Super Mario Collection game is, according to Nintendo, a "reproduction" of 1993's Super Mario Collection which was released overseas as Super Mario All-Stars. Nintendo doesn't say if we can expect any sort of changes from the Super Famicom/Super NES original. It's worth noting that Nintendo's press release about the product makes no mention of any changes, and past retailer listings have referred to the game as a "port" of the original.
To import or not to import.... Wondering if North America will get that nice box, and the booklet (which is undoubtedly in Japanese). Wonder if they'd translate that.
If we get the game at all, of course.
An unexpected update for this which should make our European friends jump for coins:
Nintendo Europe announced today that Super Mario All-Stars – 25th Anniversary Edition will be released on December 3 in Europe.
Super Mario All-Stars – 25th Anniversary Edition will include a Super Mario All-Stars Disc Case containing Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. This new collection will also include a special booklet detailing the full history of Super Mario and an audio CD containing music from Super Mario games, from the original 1985’s Super Mario Bros. to 2010’s Super Mario Galaxy 2.
No release date yet for America for this collection, but we can be sure that it will be announced soon.