The first “Super Mario” game for Apple’s iPhone and iPad is finally here, available for $10 on the iTunes App Store. Download it here!
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The game, “Super Mario Run,” is a brand-new Mario adventure built with mobile gaming in mind. What that means in the case of “Super Mario Run” is that the classic two-dimensional “Super Mario” gameplay has been adapted for one-handed play – instead of requiring that players move him forward with one hand and jump with the other, Mario automatically runs from left to right.
Your job: skillfully make it through each level, jumping over Goombas and Koopa Troopas, to the flagpole at the end.
This is little Mario’s first appearance on Apple’s hardware. Nintendo is notoriously protective of its characters – especially the Mickey Mouse-esque Italian plumber Mario – and long resisted putting its games on smartphones.
With “Super Mario Run,” all that changes.
Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto – the man in charge of Nintendo’s games division – even appeared onstage with Apple CEO Tim Cook to introduce that game alongside the unveiling of the iPhone 7 this past September.
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“Super Mario Run” is the first of several mobile games from Nintendo; mobile versions of the “Animal Crossing” and “Fire Emblem” series are up next.
Nintendo is also making a major bet with “Super Mario Run” that customers are willing to pay $10 up-front for a mobile game.
There are no “microtransactions” in the game; for $10 you’ll get 24 levels, a race mode, and a Kingdom Builder mode (in which you rebuild the Mushroom Kingdom, “Farmville”-style).
Not sure you want to drop 10 big ones on a mobile Mario game? Fret not: A free version of the game allows you to play the first few levels to get a feel for it.
We played that (limited) version of the game last week at an Apple store in New York – check out that video right here for even more information on “Super Mario Run”: