Skip to main content

Super Mario Bros. Wonder: release date, trailers, gameplay, and more

It’s been over a decade since we got the last new 2D Mario game, but that dry spell has finally come to an end. Super Mario Bros. Wonder has appeared and will give us a brand new side-scrolling adventure through the Mushroom Kingdom. While 3D Mario titles tend to get most of the excitement and praise from fans, there’s no denying that the 2D games are just as creative and fun in their own ways. Even though they all follow the same basic formula of running through a stage in an attempt to reach the flagpole at the end, they all put fun and creative twists on how you get there that keep each title fresh. If you’ve been wondering what Mario’s next 2D adventure will hold, here’s everything we know about Super Mario Bros. Wonder.

Release date

Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi in Super Mario Bros.: Wonder key art.
Nintendo

We have waited long enough for a new 2D Mario, and Nintendo seems to agree. Super Mario Bros. Wonder will arrive this fall on October 20.

Platforms

Mario as an elephant in Super Mario Bros. Wonder.
Nintendo

Try and act surprised, but Super Mario Bros. Wonder will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Trailers

Super Mario Bros. Wonder - Nintendo Direct 6.21.2023

The reveal of Super Mario Bros. Wonder came during the June Nintendo Direct as the “one last thing” announcement.

In terms of story, which is typically light in a 2D Mario game anyway, essentially nothing is shown off from the trailer. Instead, the trailer mainly showcases the new art style and gameplay mechanics.

The new “character” we suspect to be part of the story is the flowers that speak to Mario during the trailer. These little blooms show up all across the stages and give small greetings to Mario as he passes by. This is backed up by the main new item called Wonder Flowers which suddenly shifts the level in different ways.

Gameplay

The flagpole is knocked away in Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Nintendo

This is where the meat of Super Mario Bros. Wonder really is. First off, it is indeed a 2D platformer where you will be mainly running and jumping through obstacle courses filled with hazards and enemies to reach the flagpole at the end. The first, and probably most prominent, shakeup to the formula is the Wonder Flowers. Collecting these changed the levels in a bunch of unexpected ways, such as changing your character into a spiked ball, bringing the pipes to life, and Mario even stretching and squashing in odd ways. We see Mario collect what is called a Wonder Seed that seemed to turn the world back to normal.

As for traditional power-ups, we’ve really only seen the Mushroom and Fire Flower, but the new addition of an apple with an elephant’s trunk that turns Mario into an elephant is the most exciting. We don’t know all the new mechanics of this form, aside from punting a poor Goomba, but the possibilities are endless.

Other forms of play we see are grinding by hand and foot on rails, swimming up rainclouds dumping water, and at least a little movement between the foreground and background. We also get a glimpse of Mario and Peach using their hats to glide, meaning this isn’t a move exclusive to the princess anymore. This appears to be a universal ability and not a powerup since neither character’s appearance was changed at all when they did this.

There will be a traditional overworld where you can move around a map to select levels. Each level shows two collectibles to find as well as a star rating for difficulty.

Confirmed playable characters include Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, and even Daisy, but multiplayer appears to be limited to four players at a time.

Preorder

Jumping to the flag in Super Mario Bros Wonder
Nintendo / Nintendo

With the game’s release in sight, Super Mario Bros. Wonder preorders are up on Nintendo’s official store and major retailers. There is only a single, standard version of the game selling for $60, but it is eligible for a Nintendo Switch Game Voucher if you happen to have one of those. There are no preorder bonuses except the ability to preload the game before launch.

Jesse Lennox
Jesse Lennox loves writing, games, and complaining about not having time to write and play games. He knows the names of more…
Visions of Mana: release date, trailers, gameplay, and more
Val glowing while holding a sword.

After 15 years, the next mainline entry in the cult classic Mana series has finally been revealed. Starting out as Mystic Quest or Final Fantasy Adventure in the West, the Mana games stood apart thanks to their unique approach to inserting action into the JRPG formula. Since it has been dormant for so long, many fans had long given up hope for any form of sequel. The announcement of Visions of Mana has gotten older fans excited, but it shouldn't be ignored by those who have never touched a game in this series before. There's a lot to see and secrets to discover, so let's break down everything we know about Visions of Mana.
Release date
Visions of Mana will arrive on August 29, 2024.
Platforms

You can take part in this epic adventure on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. This is the first time the series has ever been on an Xbox platform.
Trailers
Visions of Mana | Announce Trailer

Read more
Fable: release date window, trailers, gameplay, and more
One hero passing a sword to the other in Fable.

Fable fans have waited since 2010 for a true Albion adventure, and it looks like they'll have to keep waiting a bit longer. The next installment in the franchise, just titled Fable instead of Fable 4, is in production but from a studio known only for its racing games rather than fantasy RPGs. The story is beginning to become a bit more clear now, however, so here's everything we know about Fable.
Release date window

Fable only has a release window for 2025 at the moment. It's hard to tell when we'll get it that year, but we do feel confident it won't be delayed another year.
Platforms

Read more
Super Mario Party Jamboree is the series’ biggest game yet
super mario party jamboree announcement

Super Mario Party Jamboree – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Switch

There's nothing quite like a Mario Party game, and Nintendo has announced another entry that's coming out this fall. Super Mario Party Jamboree is the series' biggest game yet, and it's due out on October 17 for the Nintendo Switch.

Read more