Did you notice anything when Nintendo held a surprise Nintendo Direct and announced Super Mario 3D All-Stars?
Yes, Super Mario 3D All-Stars seemed to forget about the sequel to Super Mario Galaxy, prompting gamers to ask, “What happened to Super Mario Galaxy 2?”
So What Did Happen To Super Mario Galaxy 2
You can’t have a Super Mario 3D All-Stars without one of the most commercially-successful 3D Mario games of all time. Not only was Super Mario Galaxy 2 an award-winning title selling millions of copies worldwide, but it was one of the most critically-acclaimed Mario titles of all time with almost perfect scores across the board. With how popular and commercially successful it was, Nintendo couldn’t have simply forgotten about it, right? Let’s take a look at what could have happened to Super Mario Galaxy 2.
There Wasn’t Space For Super Mario Galaxy 2
Since these are all 3D titles, it’s plausible that there just wasn’t enough space on the game’s cartridge. Super Mario Galaxy alone would probably take up the majority of the cartridge. There could have been two separate cartridges or a digital-only release, but we all know how the internet would react to that.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Will Release Separately
It’s also entirely plausible that Super Mario Galaxy 2 will enjoy its own separate remastered release. There’s no way Nintendo would pass up on the opportunity to let one of its best-selling games sit on the shelf without milking it for even more money. Either that, or it’s all one big marketing ploy to get people outraged about the title not releasing with Super Mario 3D All-Stars so Nintendo can swoop in and save the day with an announcement.
The Coronavirus Ruined Everything
One possible explanation is that Super Mario Galaxy 2 was intended to release with Super Mario 3D All-Stars, but COVID-19 struck. With the Coronavirus delaying a lot of video games this year, it’s entirely possible Nintendo just couldn’t remaster Super Mario Galaxy 2 in time for its 35th anniversary. Nintendo was under a lot of pressure by fans to have some big announcement ready for its 35th anniversary, and maybe they just didn’t want the pressure.
Hopefully, we’ll see Super Mario Galaxy 2 remastered for the current Nintendo Switch console in the near future. Unfortunately, for now, it doesn’t look like it will be in our hands anytime soon.