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Super Mario Run

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At last! After waiting for so long, we’ll finally be able to play Super Mario on the iPhone.

Pros

  • Various game modes.
  • Simplified controls.
  • Sharp graphics.

Cons

  • No release date yet; and Android version will take longer.

After the roaring success of Pokémon GO, the next bet for Nintendo will see them launch one of their oldest and most beloved characters, Super Mario, into the mobile world. Super Mario Run looks like it has all the ingredients for another Nintendo hit before the year is up. Nintendo and Apple announced the deal at the Apple Press Conference 2016, and in doing so released some juicy details about the new title.

A new lease of life for an old classic

The message from Mario’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, was that Super Mario Run retains the spirit of the Mario franchise whilst adapting to modern technology. It is essentially the iconic platform side-scroller which we all know and love; leaping, grabbing coins and power-ups, crushing enemies, before reaching Mario’s constant nemesis Bowser (also known as ‘Koopa’). The goal is to get the highest score possible by the end of each level.

So what new about Super Mario Run?

Times have changed, and so has the game. Super Mario Run will have more simplified controls compared to traditional household consoles; you’ll even be able to play with one hand. In the conference, Miyamoto said that “Mario will automatically run to the right”, and he’ll jump when the screen is tapped: “The longer you hold the tap, the higher he’ll jump”. Beyond the simplified controls, Super Mario Run will have several game modes, two of which were demonstrated in the conference. ‘Single Player’ does what you’d expect, whilst in ‘Toad Rally’ mode players compete against others to get the highest score.

On first viewing, the graphics are nice and crisp, with a high level of detail. We also heard new versions of classic Mario melodies. Who said platform games were dead? Super Mario Run promises an excellent gaming experience, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Release date of Super Mario Run

According to what we know from the Apple Conference (in which the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 were also unveiled), the game will be released before 2016 is up, although there is no specific release date yet. A version of the game will be also available for iPad.

Shigeru Miyamoto stressed that the commercial model will not be the same as Pokémon GO, essentially meaning Super Mario Run won’t be free to play. However, there won’t be any in-app purchases, which will be a relief to any parent who’s been shocked by bank charges at the end of the month.

Super Mario Run for Android

There will be a version of Super Mario Run for Android, but we’ll probably have to wait until 2017 to see it. That’s due to the fact that Apple secured exclusive rights to launch the game first, probably to tie in with the release of the new iPhone 7. In any case, Android users will have to wait a little longer before enjoying Super Mario Run on their devices.

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