Mario Mania: Nintendo Switch Online Welcomes Trio of Classic Spinoffs in Mario Day Extravaganza

Nintendo is enhancing its Nintendo Switch Online subscription with three additional Mario spinoff titles in celebration of Mario Day, enriching its library with two sports titles and a puzzle game. The celebration of the beloved mascot in 2024 included significant announcements about the franchise's future, highlighted by a livestream that teased a sequel to the Super Mario Bros. Movie and confirmed release dates for remakes of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door and Luigi's Mansion 2. The addition of multiple Mario titles to the Switch lineup is just one of the many exciting developments.

The subscription service already grants access to an extensive collection of classic Mario titles from various generations, including the original NES Super Mario Bros. games, Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island, and numerous spinoffs. With the Expansion Pass, subscribers can enjoy classics such as Super Mario 64, Paper Mario, and the first three installments of Mario Party. Celebrating Mario Day, the service is now set to welcome three more Mario spinoff games, further expanding its offering.

During a Mario Day special broadcast brimming with news, Nintendo disclosed that three Mario spinoffs would soon grace Nintendo Switch Online. The service's Game Boy selection will be bolstered by the addition of the Game Boy version of Dr. Mario, along with the Game Boy Color versions of Mario Golf and Mario Tennis, all available through the base subscription from March 12.

The announcement of these Game Boy Mario games came amidst a flurry of updates concerning the franchise, including the eagerly awaited release dates for the Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door remake on May 23 and the Luigi's Mansion 2 remake on June 27. Additionally, a new spinoff focusing on Princess Peach titled Princess Peach: Showtime is set to premiere later this month.

These updates follow closely on the heels of the latest main-series game, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, which launched in November as the first new 2D platformer for the series in over a decade. Met with critical acclaim and a nomination for Game of the Year at the 2023 Game Awards, Wonder represents just a part of Mario's continued success. With the addition of these three spinoffs, Nintendo Switch Online members can delve deeper into the iconic character's rich gaming history.