If you somehow missed the news last week, Nintendo surprised us all with the official announcement of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a collection of the first 3 Super Mario 3D games: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy.
All three games in one package is sweet enough, but there’s more. To celebrate 35 years of Mario-y goodness, Nintendo is also releasing a limited edition set of collectible, enamel Mario pins. You can’t just run out and buy them, either. Well, that’s not totally, true, some of the designs have been released before, but to get the full Super Mario Bros. pin set, you need to complete Mario missions. The good news is the missions are pretty easy to complete, and if you’ve already preordered Super Mario 3D All-Stars, you’re 1/6th of the way.
How to Get the Super Mario Bros. Pin Set
The first thing you need to do is have a Nintendo account. If you don’t have one, it’s pretty standard stuff, but to make progress in the missions, you’ll need to both have an account and be logged in when you visit the websites and use the Mario Kart app. Also, on the missions page, make sure you click over to the “Missions” tab (default is the “Rewards” tab).
After you’re logged in, there are several steps to secure your pin set, but there’s no order in which you have to complete them. The most time-sensitive of the missions is to race in the Super Mario Kart tour in the Mario Kart app for either iOS or Android. That tour unlocks at 2:00 AM ET on September 9 and runs through September 23 at 1:59 AM. If you don’t have the app, the good news is it’s free and it’s actually pretty fun. Run through the first cup to get yourself ready for the Super Mario Kart tour, and you’re quite literally off to the races.
The rest of the steps are a cinch: go ahead and visit SuperMario35.com and boom: you’ve completed a mission.
After that, take the Super Mario quiz to flex your knowledge of 35 years of Mario. There’s an “Easy” and a “Hard” quiz, but if you’re reading this article, you almost certainly won’t have any problems with the harder version (it’s not that hard).
You also need to download a “This Is My Mario” image. To find yours, go to the History section of the Mario page, scroll down below the video to the timeline between the two warp pipes. From there, select your favorite, scroll down a bit more and you’ll see a candy-red “This Is My Mario!” button below the screenshot from whichever game you decided on. Click that bad-boy and you’ve completed another mission.
Now go and visit the Super Mario 3D All-Stars music player page to complete your next mission. If you’re unaware, 3D All-Stars comes with a music player, so you can listen to over 150 tracks from Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. The sample page has just 6 tracks, two from each game, but they’re delightful none the less. Once you’ve listened to the music, you’ve completed the mission.
The next mission requires you to have Mario Kart installed on a mobile device and you need to be logged in with your Nintendo Account. Simply race in the Super Mario Kart tour, which opens up tonight. Again, this is the most time-sensitive of all the missions, because the tour ends on September 23.
Finally, you’ll need to have purchased a copy of Super Mario 3D All-Stars and claim your Gold Points on your Switch before March 31. According to Nintendo, “this mission will not be processed or marked as complete until the game’s launch day,” which is September 18.
Where to Preorder Super Mario 3D All-Stars
You can preorder your copy of Super Mario 3D All-Stars from the following retailers:
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Super Mario Bros. Pin Set Missions, TL;DR Edition
Here are the required steps to complete all the missions to earn the Super Mario Bros. pin set:
- Have, and be logged into, your Nintendo account while doing the missions
- Visit SuperMario35.com before December 22, 2020
- Take the Super Mario quiz before March 31, 2021
- Download your “This Is My Mario!” image before March 31, 2021
- Visit the Super Mario 3D All-Stars page and listen to the music player before March 31, 2021
- Race in the Super Mario Kart tour on the Mario Kart mobile app before September 22, 2020
- Buy a copy of Super Mario 3D-All Stars and claiming your Gold Points on your Switch before March 31, 2021
What Is the Time Limit for the Super Mario Pin Set?
All the missions, with two exceptions, need to be completed before March 31. You’ll need to visit SuperMario35.com BEFORE December 22, and participate in the Super Mario Kart tour BEFORE September 22.
I’ve Done the Super Mario Pin Missions, But They’re Not Showing Up as Completed
You absolutely need to ensure you’re logged into your Nintendo account, and it will have to be the same across all three platforms. In other words, you need to use the same account on your Switch you use on the website, and you need to link the Mario Kart app to the same Nintendo account, as well. This is crucial! If you’re not logged in when you do the missions, your progress doesn’t count.