Nintendo announced today that a limited edition Wii version of the 1993 SNES release Super Mario All-Stars
would be coming to U.S. retail on December 12 after a similar collection saw strong sales in Japan.
The $30 release will include graphically and aurally updated versions of four Mario NES releases -- the original Super Mario Bros.
, Super Mario Bros. 3
, and the starkly different American and Japanese versions of Super Mario Bros. 2
-- as well as a 32-page retrospective history booklet and a CD of Mario music.
Super Mario Collection
, a nearly identical Japanese release, saw market-leading sales
of over 300,000 units in its first week of availability in the country.
The news comes as Nintendo celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros.
. revealing that the Mario
series has sold 240 million units worldwide to date since the release of the original side-scrolling title on the NES.
To tie in with this, Nintendo also recently announced Mario-themed Wii and DSi bundles
, available in North America November 7.