Nintendo announced the arrival of three Mario games from the Game Boy Advance era to Nintendo Switch. With one big catch.
On May 25, Super Mario Advance, Super Mario Advance 2, and Super Mario Advance 3 will be available via the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass membership.
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 was already available. On May 25, all four games in the handheld series will be available.
Like SMA4:SMB3 (heh), the first three games in the series are also ports of earlier Mario games.
Super Mario Advance is the oft forgotten (and somewhat strange) Super Mario Bros. 2. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 adds Super Mario World, one of Mario’s best outings in the classic series.
Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 adds the much different Yoshi’s Island, a spinoff sequel featuring a baby Mario that led to a Yoshi-central platforming series that continues to this day.
In order to access classic GBA games on Switch, you’ll need to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack ($49.99/yr). In addition to online multiplayer support, the added Expansion Pack also adds DLC for Splatoon 2, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as digital libraries for Sega Genesis, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo 64.
All four Super Mario Advance games’ original ports are available with the base Nintendo Switch Online membership ($19.99/yr) via the NES and SNES digital libraries.