Thumbs at the ready for Mario Day
Gamers around the world are ready to celebrate Mario Day which falls tomorrow. A once-a-year celebration of the world's favourite gaming franchise, Mario Day is March 10 because the date is written as Mar10, which looks like Mario.
Fans of the classic game usually celebrate this special occasion by hosting Mario-themed parties, playing Mario games to walk themselves down memory lane or cosplaying as Mario characters.
Since 2016, Nintendo -- the creator of Mario games -- started officially recognising Mario Day. The company released a video on their official YouTube channel titled "Celebrate Mar. 10 - Mario Day!". Then in the following years, Nintendo celebrated Mario Day by holding many different events.
For Nintendo Switch players, this is a special opportunity to buy the digital version of Mario games from Nintendo eShop as they offer up to 33% discount on certain games and downloadable content.
Here's a line-up of games in the Mario franchise that are now available at a special price until Monday.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
- Super Mario Party
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- Mario Tennis Aces
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
- Super Mario Maker 2
- Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
- Mario Golf: Super Rush
- Luigi's Mansion 3
- Yoshi's Crafted World
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
Nintendo released its first Mario game titled Super Mario Bros. in 1985 before going on to release Super Mario Bros. 2 in 1988, Super Mario Land in 1989, Super Mario 3 in 1990 and many more in the following years. The latest is Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury which was released last year.
Nintendo celebrated Mario's 35th anniversary in 2020 with a number of special activities including the launch of Super Mario Bros. 35, a short-term online multiplayer game. In March 2020, Nintendo also collaborated with Lego to bring a new range to celebrate the anniversary, called Lego Super Mario.