Nintendo of America is finally marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System title Super Mario Bros. with a release of the beloved Super Mario All-Stars compilation for the Wii. The United States joins the rest of the world with a limited run of disc, soundtrack, and history booklet coming December 12 for $29.99. Here's some of the press release:
The games included in the Super Mario All-Stars collection are Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3. Each game features the enhanced graphics and updated sound from the Super NES™ Super Mario All-Stars collection, and all four can be played on the Wii system using one of several controllers: the Wii Remote™ controller, Classic Controller™, Classic Controller Pro™ or the Nintendo GameCube™ controller.
Also included is a Super Mario History soundtrack CD, a compilation of memorable music from the Mario franchise. Containing classic theme songs and fun sound effects from the original Super Mario Bros. game all the way up to this year's acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy™ 2 game, this special disc also marks the first official release of the "Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme," widely recognized as one of the most famous pieces of video game music in history.
Rounding out the Super Mario All-Stars collection is a 32-page Super Mario History booklet featuring interviews, behind-the-scenes details and rare concept art. Fans from every generation can enjoy firsthand insights into the beginnings of Mario, illustrated with candid photos and never-before-seen design sketches. Together with the game software and soundtrack, it's the ultimate tribute to a unique game series.
There's even a localized anniversary website with wallpapers and other fun material. And yes, Nintendo of America localized the history wallpaper that I updated myself a while back. It took a while for the wheels to turn on this one, but I'm glad that the company has decided to release All-Stars in the USA. I already own these games multiple times in other formats, but I'm easy prey when it comes to neat novelty collectible re-releases with extra goodies. I will definitely pick this one up.