The internet is freaking out over a rumor about the possible impending death of Mario, the famous, red-wearing, Italian plumber who changed the world of video games with the release of “Super Mario Bros” 35 years ago.
Let’s back up: In September, the “Super Mario Bros” franchise celebrated its 35th anniversary with the launch of two remastered, classic games — “Super Mario 3D All-Stars” and “Super Mario Bros 35” — for the Switch console that would be available for a limited run until March 31. Nintendo (NTDOF), which owns the franchise, also released other 35th anniversary Super Mario products that would be on sale through March 31.
On Wednesday, Fans have been grappling to understand why sales of the new products will cease. A date many felt was arbitrary. Many have speculated that it may mean Mario’s life will be ending, too.
“Mario dies tomorrow, I’m gonna miss him,” one Twitter user said Tuesday, adding a sad face emoji at the end.