A quarter century ago, a small Japanese trading card manufacturer released a video game that brought two Italian plumbers to the world of Bowser, Koopas and decoy castles. That's right, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the original Super Mario Bros., and to help celebrate, Nintendo has announced that on December 12th, it will release Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition for the Wii. This is the same bundle of games recently announced for Japan and Europe.
Super Mario All-Stars will feature four classic Mario games: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3. Each game brings the enhanced graphics and updated sound that was brough to the original SNES All-Stars. Also included in the package is a CD entitled Super Mario History, which is a compilation of the classic music from the franchise, spanning from Super Mario Bros. through this year's Super Mario Galaxy 2. This soundtrack marks the first official release of "Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme", which is arguably one of the best known and most widely recognized pieces of video game music. Finishing off the collection is a 32-page booklet, also named Super Mario History, featuring never-before-seen concept art, behind-the-scenes information and interviews.
Again, the press release states that Super Mario All-Stars will go on sale on December 12th, and will be available "while supplies last". This likely means that there will only be one pressing of the game. The upside is that the whole bundle will retail for $29.99, so it's not going to break the bank if you do want a copy. Since each of the individual games are available on the Virtual Console, it's possible that you've already downloaded these titles, but for fans of the franchise who don't have them yet, December will be your chance.