Nintendo has declared the four weeks preceding the August 19 launch of New Super Mario Bros 2 as the “Month of Mario”. To celebrate the launch of this new game, which is playable on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo is making one Mario game per week available at a discount in the Nintendo eShop. Fans who can’t wait to get their thumbs on New Super Mario Bros. 2 will have four classic Mario adventures to enjoy before launch day. Each classic Mario game will enjoy a one week run at a discounted price. The games, prices and dates of each discount are as follows: July 26 – August 1 – Super Mario Bros – $3.99 August 2 – August 8 – Super Mario Land – $2.99 August 9 – August 15 – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins – $2.99 August 16 – August 22 – Mario’s Picross – $2.99 New Super Mario Bros. 2 is an original side-scrolling Mario game for Nintendo 3DS with an emphasis on coin collection. Each level is littered with gold as coins rain down from overhead pipes, trails of coins are left behind special gold enemies and pipes transport Mario into coin-filled caverns. It’s up to players to collect as many coins as possible throughout their adventure. The game features the return of the fan-favorite Raccoon Mario, and the entire game can be played cooperatively with a friend via a local wireless connection (two Nintendo 3DS systems and game cards required). Consumers can purchase the game on Aug. 19 through major retailers nationwide, or as a download from the Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo 3DS XL hand-held system also launches on Aug. 19. Will you be picking up any of these Mario titles? Tell us what you think below.