Super Mario Bros. 35
Super Mario Bros. 35 was a 2D platformer and battle royale game for the Nintendo Switch created to celebrate the Super Mario Bros. series' 35th anniversary. It was exclusively available to Nintendo Switch Online members and released on October 1, 2020. This game, along with Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros., was available until March 31, 2021. Unlike the other limited titles, however, Super Mario Bros. 35 is no longer playable, as its servers have been discontinued as of April 1, 2021. The game's battle royale mechanics were similar to Tetris 99, an earlier game that was initially only available to Nintendo Switch Online members.
Playing a round before March 31, 2021 was one of the 35th Anniversary site My Nintendo missions to be completed, though it did not actually register until a week after playing at the latest.
Much like in Super Mario Maker 2, the controls could be changed in the settings. In some menus, the player had to hold the button to confirm.
The game had rumble support.
Super Mario Bros. 35 was a battle royale where 35 players competed against each other until only a single player was left. In the menu, the player could play a normal game or a special event, if any, along with changing their icon, which was gained by leveling up. Leveling up was earned by obtaining experience points from playing levels.
During a game, players went through levels from Super Mario Bros. Enemies defeated would be sent over to a different player's course. The player could see other players' games. The course the enemies were sent to was determined by which course the player was currently targeting, which was surrounded by a red box. The player could choose between four strategies to determine how they targeted other players. Other player's enemies could also be sent to the player. On the top-left corner of the screen was the Item Roulette which cost 20 coins to use. Using it gave the player a random item, which could be a Super Mushroom, a Fire Flower, a Super Star, or a POW Block (which defeated all enemies on the screen). The player also had a Time Limit displayed on the top-right corner of their screen. Defeating enemies gave the player more time, up to a maximum of 400 seconds. If the player was the last alive, they would win the game. At the end of a game the player's name, rank, number of coins collected, and the number of other players they knocked out, were displayed. The player could also spectate the match after being defeated.
In a regular 35-Player Battle, the player could pick a course and pay coins to start the game with a power-up. These courses were added to the pool of courses that appeared in the battle. To unlock more courses to pick, the player would have to either complete all of the preceding levels in one of the online modes or beat the course itself when it was chosen by another player who already unlocked it or it appeared in a Special Battle. The course order would use each players' chosen course, going from whoever had the lowest level to the highest. However, the course order would not put the same course twice in a row. The course order looped to the first level after the last level. This was the only way a course could repeat.
Warp Zones let the player skip forward in the level queue. Warp Zones would include the same level that the Warp Zone was located in, letting the player use Warp Zones again. In World 1-2, the pipes of the warp zone from right to left skipped one, two, and three courses respectively. In World 4-2, the single pipe at the end of the main area skipped one course, while the overworld Warp Zone pipes from right to left skip one, two, and three courses respectively.
In Special Battle, limited-time events were held where players played through a set order of courses with special conditions, such as starting with 100 coins. The battle could start in any course.
The enemies were the same as in Super Mario Bros. (except fake Bowsers did not appear) and mostly retained their behavior. Every defeated enemy was transferred to the targeted player's enemy queue. This queue was visible at the bottom of the screen. Enemies only appeared in the game world as the player moves forward to scrolled them into view. An enemy sent by another player appeared with a white tinted sprite; however, it behaved exactly like a natural enemy, including the ability to send it to other players. When a player entered a bonus area, the enemy queue was instantly cleared, and any enemies sent while in the bonus area were removed as well.
Enemies that had multiple identical-looking variants (e.g. Green Koopa Paratroopa and Bowser) would have the correct variant appear for the target player. Enemies of the same kind with different behavior would retain their behavior, like Bowsers that throw hammers, for example. Enemies that could be bounced on and then further interacted with (all the shelled enemies) would be transferred and award time on the first bounce, any further interaction with that same enemy would not cause them to be transferred again or award more time, thus also avoiding the "infinite 1-Ups trick" (which in this game would translate into an infinite time trick).
The following could not be defeated:
Changes from Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 35 was based on the NTSC version of Super Mario Bros. Generally, many physics and other mechanics had been altered to fall more in line with newer Mario games, similarly to Super Mario Maker; some examples as follows:
Coin Ranking was unlocked by winning one battle. Coin Ranking was a competition each week where players were ranked by their highest number of coins in a battle in both 35-Player Battle and Special Battle. Players would be required to win one battle again to be ranked each week in each mode. Players received a grade based on their rank, with S grade at the top and A through E following it. The top 100 players of the week were listed with their coin scores on online leaderboards. The leaderboards and Results Graph were only shown for the ten most recent weeks. The players' coin score was the sum of the coins collected during the game, coins collected from the chest, and a Rank Bonus. That sum was doubled by the Small Mario Bonus if the player started without an item. Special Battle had no Small Mario Bonus.
Super Mario Bros. 35 World Count Challenge
Super Mario Bros. 35 World Count Challenge was an event that was announced on January 12, 2021 along with new details about Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Players from around the world would work together to complete goals within a certain time frame. The event was held monthly, three times from January to March 2021.
In the first Super Mario Bros. 35 World Count Challenge, players worked together to defeat 3.5 million Bowsers from January 18, 2021 at 11 p.m. PT to January 25, 2021 at 10:59 p.m. PT. In addition to 35-Player Battle, the Special Battle that week lasted all seven days of the event and featured courses with additional opportunities to battle with Bowser. If the total Bowsers defeated around the world reached 3.5 million, the players who defeated at least one Bowser would be eligible to receive 350 My Nintendo Platinum Points. The goal was reached with 5,363,696 Bowsers defeated.
In the second Super Mario Bros. 35 World Count Challenge, players worked together to defeat 350 million Goombas from February 22, 2021 to March 1, 2021. In addition to 35-Player Battle, the Special Battle that week lasted all seven days of the event. The goal was not reached with only 317,373,419 Goombas defeated.
In the third, and final Super Mario Bros. 35 World Count Challenge, players worked together to collect 350 million coins from March 23, 2021 to March 29, 2021. In addition to 35-Player Battle, the Special Battle that week lasted all seven days of the event. The goal was reached with 560,792,922 coins collected.
Icons of various Super Mario Bros. characters and objects could be unlocked by leveling up, with 64 icons in total. Players started with standing Small Mario, a Brick Block, a Super Mushroom, and a Goomba as their only icons. The order that the icons were unlocked were random; however, players unlocked the last icon at level Level 50★.
Special Battle events
The first name is from Nintendo of America's Twitter account, the second is from the UK Super Mario Twitter account if theirs is different, and the (second or) third is from the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Twitter account.
In all Special Battles from World 1-1 to World 8-4, the Warp Zones worked like they did in Super Mario Bros.
Each day, the player got three random challenges to complete for up to a total of 600 coins. The total list of challenges is below:
Release date: October 8, 2020
Release date: November 12, 2020
Super Mario Bros. 35 received generally positive reviews. It was generally praised for its twist on the original game, but the game received some criticism due to its repetitive gameplay, lack of game modes, and limited time availability.
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