Back when Super Mario 64 was in development, nobody was thinking about Nintendo’s classic side scrollers. In 1996, 3D was the future and it was all we could see. But in the decades that followed, things balanced out again, with the indie boom highlighting the intrinsic value and untapped potential of 2D platformers, and Nintendo establishing two distinct streams of Mario releases. With Sunshine, Galaxy and more, Mario continued to push the boundaries of three dimensions – while New Super Mario Bros. introduced subsequent generations to the simple pleasures of sending a flat Italian in an arc across the TV screen as if drawing a picture. red and blue rainbow.
However, now it feels like 1996 again. Each new 3D Mario game remains a real event, a source of surprise, wonder and endless playfulness, but 2D games have become stagnant and stagnant. Indeed, sometimes it seems that the river has stopped moving at all – as if because of that Super Mario Maker 2, Nintendo ditched the 2D design and gave the tools to fans to use. It’s a shame, because this year’s Prime Day sales highlighted exactly the wrong end of the spectrum.
New Super Mario Bros. is heavily discounted in the UK. U Deluxe, a rare creative update for Nintendo EAD. However, the revealing Super Mario Odyssey, in which you play not only for the best in the Mushroom Kingdom, but also for a frog, a t-rex, binoculars and a hatch cover, is 7% off in the UK. Boxed copy Super Mario 3D All-Stars (opens in a new tab), meanwhile, will set UK buyers back a full £69.99. So, not many kids will be playing Mario 64 for the first time this summer.
If there’s any consolation, it’s that you can get a good deal in the UK Super Mario 3D world and its acclaimed Switch expansion, Bowser’s Fury. A strong argument can be made that this is where the innovation of old-school 2D Mario – a game that combines Mario 64’s moveset with the tightly structured level grammar of early side-scrollers – disappeared. A 26% savings is nothing, especially when Nintendo’s flagship games almost never come cheap. Especially not Mario, who is often seen picking up full MSRP half a decade after a particular record’s release. I guess these designer overalls don’t buy themselves.
If you’re in North America and have a Switch with plenty of storage, you’re in luck.
More Prime Day deals in the US
More Prime Day deals in the UK
- Amazon devices: up to 65% off Echo Dot and Fire TV Cube (opens in a new tab)
- Adidas: 30% discount on sportswear and sneakers (opens in a new tab)
- apple: save up to £150 on iPad and Apple Watch (opens in a new tab)
- Back to School: backpacks and stationery from £1.50 (opens in a new tab)
- Beauty: save on Rimmel, Revlon, Olay and other top brands (opens in a new tab)
- Coffee machines: from just £19 with up to 60% off. (opens in a new tab)
- Cheap Fire tablets: Amazon Fire tablets from £34.99 (opens in a new tab)
- dental: 57% off Oral-B and Philips electric toothbrushes (opens in a new tab)
- Fashion: 40% off Vans, Hugo Boss, Wrangler and more (opens in a new tab)
- Fire TV Stick: lowest price on all models (opens in a new tab)
- Grocery: £10 off your first three grocery stores (opens in a new tab)
- Care and hair care: 60% off Philips, Remmington shavers and straighteners (opens in a new tab)
- Headphones: Sony and Bose headphones at the lowest prices (opens in a new tab)
- Kindle: 25% off Kindle eReader bundles (opens in a new tab)
- Laptops: 15% off Microsoft, Huawei, Acer and Asus laptops (opens in a new tab)
- Phones: Lowest Price Google Pixel 6, OnePlus, Motorola (opens in a new tab)
- PS5: Dualsense offers plus savings on leading games (opens in a new tab)
- Security: £180 off Ring Home Security packages (opens in a new tab)
- Smart home: £144 discount Ring and Echo bundles (opens in a new tab)
- A smart watch: up to 50% off Garmin watches and trackers (opens in a new tab)
- Tablets: 41% off Samsung, Lenovo and Huawei tablets (opens in a new tab)
- tools: 49% off selected Bosch tools and garden products (opens in a new tab)
- Televisions: 4K TVs from just £199 with half price offers (opens in a new tab)
- Vacuum cleaners: 35% off Shark Cordless Vacuums (opens in a new tab)
- Xbox: The Xbox Series X is available for £449 (opens in a new tab)