Mario finally arrives iPhone and iPad
After a very long 15 December - when the app was due to launch - it's finally arrived. The first Super Mario mobile game sees the moustachioed mini-marvel strutting his stuff on iOS, and as the title might suggest, Super Mario Run is of the endless running variety.
How to play Super Mario Run
It's a tale as old as time. Our protagonist is invited to Princess Peach's castle because she's baked him a cake. Unfortunately, bad guy Bowser - who's just the worst - gets wind of the invitation and threatens to have the cake, and the Princess, for himself. Enter Mario.
Everyone's favourite Italian plumber automatically runs from left to right, and it’s your job to help him jump over obstacles, grab power-ups and defeat baddies. You can do this with one hand, by simply tapping the screen. The longer you tap, the higher Mario jumps. It’s as simple as that.
As you progress through the levels, you’ll need to deal with blocks that change Mario’s direction, and others that can stop and start him. Just don’t forget that your ultimate goal is always the same – collect coins, and get to the flagpole at the end of the level.
There’s also a cool multiplayer battle mode called Toad Rally, where you can pit yourself against real-life opponents from around the world (including your friends). There's no end-of-level flagpole to reach in battle mode though – you simply keep going until your time runs out, and try and rack up an unbeatable score.
Last but not least, there’s a mode called Mushroom Kingdom, where it looks like you’ll be able to expand your kingdom using coins and other articles collected from your previous runs.
A few words from the other Nintendo legend…
Nintendo’s video game legend, Shigeru Miyamoto, recently spoke in some detail about Super Mario Run’s gameplay. He said: “From an overall gameplay perspective, the courses are a little bit shorter than normal because it’s really geared toward the quick play on a mobile device… if you’re not very good at Mario, you still get a real good sense of running through the level and reaching the flagpole at the end of the level.”
He also revealed a few details about the Mushroom Kingdom mode: “On the kingdom side it is really about playing the battle mode over and over again and gradually increasing the toads you have in your kingdom and then using the coins that you collect to customise it, which is a fun new element that we haven’t had in previous Mario games.”
How to get Super Mario Run on your iPhone or iPad
Super Mario Run is free to download, with additional in-game content available to purchase as of 15 December.
If you head over to the Super Mario Run website, you’ll see a note telling you it’s scheduled for release on iPhone and iPad in December 2016. There’s also an option for you to sign up for notifications from the App Store.
Coming ‘soon’ to Android
If you’re an Android-owning Mario fan then fear not. Super Mario Run will be coming to the Google Play Store eventually. Nintendo has said it’ll be available on Android “sometime in the future.”
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