Nintendo followers will always remember immediately’s date: It’s the day that Mario dies. Nintendo’s beloved mascot will head to that nice fort within the sky on March 31, 2021, ending a four-decade-long profession that started with the unique Donkey Kong in 1981. He can be survived by his brother Luigi and, due to a time paradox, Baby Mario.

Look, Mario isn’t really going to die. But some Mario video games will now not be offered or playable after March 31, and Nintendo hasn’t explicitly stated that Mario’s not going to die, so individuals are somewhat weirded out.

But as Nintendo ends its 35th anniversary celebration of Super Mario Bros., launched in September 1985 on the NES (and Famicom), Mario followers are saying goodbye to the character, largely in jest.

Here’s what’s occurring.

Is Mario dying?

No, Mario shouldn’t be dying. But followers are (jokingly) lamenting the loss of the plumber-turned-adventurer as a result of of a collection of unusual selections by Nintendo. The firm is ending gross sales of Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Switch and the Super Mario Bros.-themed Game & Watch handheld that was simply launched in November. Nintendo can be ending service for Super Mario Bros. 35, a battle royale sport based mostly on the unique Super Mario Bros. Because these Mario video games are going away on March 31, folks have memed Mario’s death into existence.

Why is Nintendo killing Mario?

Nintendo isn’t killing Mario! It’s merely going to cease promoting some video games and is shutting down a web-based sport that was solely out there to subscribers of Nintendo Switch Online. But it’s, as beforehand talked about, an odd choice. Nintendo might proceed to promote Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Switch digitally by its on-line retailer in perpetuity, but it surely’s not going to do this.

Why would Nintendo do that?

Making an intentional option to cease promoting a sport — Mario video games, no much less! — is considerably bewildering. Nintendo is even going to tug Super Mario 3D All-Stars from the Nintendo eShop, the place inventory shouldn’t be a problem. It’s known as synthetic shortage, and Nintendo is no stranger to it. The firm has offered limited-availability gadgets prior to now, just like the NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic, and collector’s edition-style releases of sure video games.

In truth, one other Nintendo launch can be going away on March 31: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, the primary official English-language launch of the NES technique RPG, is simply out there for a restricted time too. It was launched on the Switch eShop in December, and can be pulled from the store on the finish of March.

What will occur to Mario on April 1?

We suppose Mario goes to be OK, really. He simply obtained his personal theme park in Japan, and stateside variations of Super Nintendo World, which is closely Mario themed, are coming to Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando and Los Angeles within the coming years. So Mario’s not going anyplace — Nintendo even has a brand new Mario sport popping out this summer season: Mario Golf: Super Rush. Mario remains to be alive, and can proceed to be one of Nintendo’s mascots for years to come back, eternally mid-20s-years-old.

Is this an April Fool’s prank?

No. Nintendo’s critical about this.

Should I purchase all these Mario video games earlier than they’re gone?

Depends on your degree of FOMO. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a fantastic, if barebones, assortment of three traditional Mario video games. The Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. handheld is a cute collector’s merchandise, however most likely not the easiest way to play Super Mario Bros. (and its hard-as-nails sequel). Who is aware of? Maybe these can be collector’s gadgets sometime!

There are loads of Mario video games you possibly can proceed to purchase and luxuriate in on Nintendo Switch, and have a robust suspicion that Nintendo will proceed to make extra Super Mario video games, extra Mario Kart video games, extra Paper Mario video games, and extra Mario-doing-sports video games for a protracted, very long time.