Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition finally announced for US

Here’s something from the “about effing time” department: Super Mario All-Stars for Wii has finally been confirmed for US release. After tantalizing glimpses of the Japanese version, Americans like me feared that it would remain a cool Japan exclusive. Three weeks ago it was confirmed for a European release with nary a word about it coming to the US, which was a little disconcerting. Hell, Nintendo even announced the red Wii and DS without bringing up the All-Stars. It seemed all hope was lost… until this morning. Nintendo finally gave the limited edition of Super Mario All-Stars an official US release of December 12.

In case you didn’t know, Super Mario All-Stars was an amazing package back in the SNES days. At the time Nintendo rereleasing anything was a big deal, and a collection of graphically updated Mario classics, including one that the US never played before, was astounding. The Wii version includes all the games from the original SNES edition: Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Bros 3, and Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels (aka Super Mario 2 in Japan). And that’s just the beginning.

Above: Some pics from the Japanese edition

Yup, it also has the fancy extras the other countries get. That includes a CD called the Super Mario History soundtrack, a collection of music that covers Super Mario Bros all the way up to Super Mario Galaxy 2, which is a real surprise as Nintendo rarely puts out soundtracks in the US. The game also comes with 32-page booklet about Mario’s history, and features some rare, behind-the-scenes info. Not bad for $29.99. And even if the phrase “limited edition” is pretty cliché in this industry, I for one am picking this up day one. Not that I’m obsessed with Mario or anything.

Above: Nope, not obsessed at all

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  • bonerachieved - October 29, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    holy ballzacks Im getting this soooo HARD!
  • dyingisfunny - October 29, 2010 2:48 a.m.

    Let's see: the originals, the snes compilation, the portable remakes and the virtual console releases. I STILL NEED THIS ONE FOR SOME REASON.
  • super0sonic - October 29, 2010 2:33 a.m.

    I will probably buy it but i wish Super Mario World was on the disk.
  • batmanboy11 - October 28, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    I hope we can get it here in Canada.
  • Randomwordcombination - October 28, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    @garnsr Holy shit, this isn't even the version with Super Mario World? Laaaammmee.....
  • Randomwordcombination - October 28, 2010 10:56 p.m.

    So, instead of releasing this SNES game as a $10 Virtual Console game, they're throwing in a CD and charging $30?
  • garnsr - October 28, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    All Stars was great when it brought all the NES games to the SNES on one cart, but it's been 15 or so years, there have been more Mario games since then. Why aren't the SNES games on this one, at least, if not the Gameboy games too?
  • elpurplemonkey - October 28, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Leave it to Hank the motherfucking Tank to bring us this good news. I think I want this for the soundtrack and book most of all.
  • Redeater - October 28, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    Damnit! After buying all these games over and over again looks like I will have to once again fork out some more money. least I won't feel as violated as when I bought Sonic 4....blech.
  • abbottfrizzell - October 28, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    I could get lost in those gilbert eyes
  • sgh341 - October 28, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    My life is now complete.
  • Felixthecat - October 28, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    Tis also coming out in Europe on the same day, I believe.
  • grappler51 - October 28, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    I want this shit so bad! And the soundtrack looks super cool as well.
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 28, 2010 7:32 p.m.

    I don't know if I'd ever get this; I like Luigi WAY more than Mario. The CD sounds nice, but I have the original SNES one...
  • Strangleme - October 28, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    That is excellent news!! Love that Mario collection Henry!!
  • TylerWildesBloodAlcoholLevelIsTooDAMNHigh - October 28, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    The SNES was one of the 1st games I ever played, after Lawnmower Man, and Maximum Carnage. I'm pretty sysed, except all these games could be downloaded already. What would be cool if as an act of gamesmenship Nintendo sells this to PS3 and 360 as an HD remake for 70% of the profit. There's no reason this couldn't work, and it would be silly!

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