The recent surprise Nintendo Direct confirmed the rumors of a 3D Mario Collection, which is officially announced as Super Mario 3D All-Stars. for the Nintendo Switch. The collection will be released September 18th digitally and with limited physical quantities. It contains Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. The question Nintendo and Mario fans have though is, where is Super Mario Galaxy 2? Many journalists, past and present, consider Super Mario Galaxy 2 to be even better than the still marvelous Super Mario Galaxy, so why is this game not included? Here are some reasons for why this game was not included in this collection.
1. This collection is meant to be for the main 3D Mario titles, not sequels
What I mean by this is that putting sequels in might ruin the validity of the collection. I know that sounds ridiculous, but remember that we are talking about Nintendo here. With that said…the original Super Mario All-Stars collection we got Super Mario Brothers 1, Super Mario Brothers 2, and Super Mario Brothers 3 so this is mainly a thought.
2. They want the collection to be balanced in terms of numbered titles
Having another Mario Galaxy in the 3D collection while pushing Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine to the sidelines a bit might be the cause. Maybe Nintendo would not mind having a 1, 2, or 3 in succession, but when you put three 1’s and one 2, things get a little unbalanced, maybe?
3. They are going to release it as a separate game download on the eShop at a later time
Nintendo charging for a re-release of a Mario game, unheard of! If Nintendo chooses this method it would be a follow up to Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and Nintendo fans buy the classics even if they have bought it before on another system. This is not out of the realm of possibility, neither is Nintendo planning to release Super Mario Galaxy 2 as a surprise DLC?
4. They are planning on combining Super Mario Galaxy 1 and Super Mario Galaxy 2 together to make “THE” Super Mario Galaxy
I know this is a long shot but hear me out. Super Mario Galaxy 2 was said by the developers to be all the ideas that were not able to be part of the original game. The “2” on the end of Galaxy makes me think of it as a “Part 2” of the Galaxy series. This could be a pleasant surprise for longtime fans if true, Nintendo has done crazier things, remember the virtual boy?
5. Nintendo does not consider Super Mario Galaxy 2 as a mainline Mario game.
Sometimes I wish I knew what was in Shigeru Miyamoto’s head, does he consider Galaxy 2 as an add-on to Galaxy 1, or merely a continuation? Does he love it as much as Galaxy 1? What are his general feelings on sequels of mainline games? These questions might help to explain why it was not included, maybe?
Are any of these ideas more plausible than not? What do you think are some reasons Nintendo decided not to include Super Mario Galaxy 2? I would love to read your comments below.