'Super Mario 3D All-Stars' Release Time: Pre-Orders and When You Can Download

Nintendo surprised many gamers in early September when it announced Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a new compilation collecting some of Mario's greatest 3D adventures.

Whether you're looking to revisit Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy or play them for the first time, Super Mario 3D All-Stars is perfect for any Nintendo Switch owners looking to experience some of the best Mario games ever.

While early reviews are praising Super Mario 3D All-Stars for bringing these three classic titles together, critics have found the lack of new extras to be disappointing. Even if you were hoping for some new Mario content to be included, if you want to get your hands on a physical or digital copy of all three of these games in one place, you'll want to pick up Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

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Three classic Mario games are coming to Nintendo Switch. Nintendo

WHEN CAN YOU DOWNLOAD SUPER MARIO 3D ALL-STARS?

Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be released Friday, September 18, but as with past Nintendo titles, the exact timing can be difficult to pinpoint.

According to the official Nintendo support page, certain games will be available to play starting at 12 a.m. ET on the game's release date. It also states that some third-party titles won't be available until 3 a.m. ET on their release dates.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a first-party title, so it should appear in the Nintendo eShop as soon as possible. However, as many gamers know, certain releases have not been readily available at exactly 12 a.m. ET. We suggest being patient, as it will usually appear not long after midnight.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD SUPER MARIO 3D ALL-STARS

To download any Nintendo title, including Super Mario 3D All-Stars, players must enter the Nintendo eShop with a strong internet connection. Usually, new titles are featured on the front page, but buyers can manually search for the title as well.

Once you've purchased, you will be able to download the game promptly onto your Nintendo Switch.

PRE-ORDERING SUPER MARIO 3D ALL-STARS

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is available to pre-purchase today digitally and physically.

The easiest way to do so is to pre-order through the Nintendo eShop. The title is on the front page of the online store and you're able to pre-purchase and pre-load immediately.

Receiving a physical copy of Super Mario 3D All-Stars is another story. Unfortunately, Nintendo has made physical copies limited for retailers and many have already announced that they are sold out of the game. Right now, your best bet is to pre-order it digitally to ensure that you'll have the game on release day.

Also, Nintendo is only making the game available digitally or physically until March 31, 2021. So if you want to own the game, be sure to purchase it before then.

Will you purchase the game before the cut off date? Which of the three titles included is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section.