REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 13, 2010 – Few video game characters can claim to be going strong after a quarter century. But Nintendo's Mario™ isn't your average character. For two and a half decades he has delighted millions of fans all over the world. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros.™ game on the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has released the Super Mario All-Stars™ Limited Edition package, a collection featuring four classic Mario games playable on the Wii™ system, a soundtrack CD and an illustrated commemorative booklet. Super Mario All-Stars will be offered while supplies last at a suggested retail price of $29.99.
"Whether you've been a Mario fan for 25 years or are just now discovering his games, this limited-edition collection is packed with hours of fun," said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America's director of Public Relations. "These classic games, along with the soundtrack CD and Super Mario History booklet filled with rare concept art, make this a must-have collection for every video game fan."
The games included in the Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition 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 of the original Super NES™ Super Mario All-Stars game, 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 and classic sound effects from Mario games. It contains tracks from the original Super Mario Bros. game all the way up to this year's Super Mario Galaxy™ 2 game. It's also the first CD release of the " Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme" in North America, widely recognized as one of the most famous pieces of video game music in history.
Mario fans will also be thrilled to find a 32-page Super Mario History booklet filled with interviews, candid photos and rare concept art and design sketches.
For more information about Super Mario All-Stars and the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., visit http://mario25.nintendo.com.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.5 billion video games and more than 577 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at http://www.nintendo.com.