A now-removed page on Nintendo’s website suggests that it would have taken place before April 14.
The Super Mario 35th Anniversary Direct has been, for me at least, one of the few high points of a pretty rough year. Super Mario 3D world is finally coming across from the Wii U and has additional content in Bowser’s Fury. We have a new Mario Kart that allows us to race around our house, a Mario Battle Royale and most importantly Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which is coming out next week.
If a leak, as reported by Wario64 on Twitter, is to be believed however, the announcement and release dates of these games could have been very different. Taken directly from a page from Nintendo’s official website, which has now been removed, is an image outlining the Super Mario Maker 2 Ninji Speedrun event.
While the speedrun event is now scheduled for later this year, the image in question reveals that it was due to take place between April 14 and April 21 this year. It also details that the 35 fastest players would win a commemorative medal, something which hasn’t been mentioned since. This all means that Nintendo was intending to make the announcements a lot earlier.
Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary website has an online challenge for Super Mario Maker 2 dated for April 2020, indicating that the Mario announcements may have been delayed by 5 months https://t.co/lnqNfObWBC pic.twitter.com/ooXoLhi6cX
— Wario64 (@Wario64) September 6, 2020
Nintendo has been putting a message about COVID at the start of all of their Directs, warning that “release dates and other information presented in this video are subject to change.” Although the warning has been there for a while, and rumours swirling that the pandemic has hit them hard, this is the best indication we have at just how big the impact has been.
Ultimately, while it may feel disappointing, Nintendo has put their staff’s safety first during the global pandemic and that’s the right decision. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is less than two weeks away, as it drops on Nintendo Switch on September 18, so we don’t have too long left to wait.