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The death of Super Mario: Is Mario really dying on March 31?

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Nintendo fans will never forget today’s date: It’s the day that Mario dies. Nintendo’s beloved mascot will head to that great castle in the sky on March 31, 2021, ending a four-decade-long career that began with the original Donkey Kong in 1981. He will be survived by his brother Luigi and, thanks to a time paradox, Baby Mario.

Look, Mario isn’t really going to die. But some Mario games will no longer be sold or playable after March 31, and Nintendo hasn’t explicitly said that Mario’s not going to die, so people are a little weirded out.

But as Nintendo ends its 35th anniversary celebration of Super Mario Bros., released in September 1985 on the NES (and Famicom), Mario fans are saying goodbye to the character, mostly in…



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