Super Mario Run Bounces Onto The iPhone Today With Fast Paced One Handed Gameplay

Children of the 80’s and 90’s, rejoice! Super Mario Run is finally available on the iPhone and iPad. Hopefully your allowance is a little higher than it was in the glory days, because the game comes with hefty price tag (for a mobile game at least) of $10 USD to unlock the full version.

According to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, “The longer you continue to make a series, the more complex the gameplay becomes, and the harder it becomes for new players to be able to get into the series.” He views Super Mario Run as an opportunity to “make a game that the broadest audience of people could play” and introduce the game’s characters and properties to a newer audience.

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Super Mario Run is a side-scrolling, auto-runner platformer game. Players collect three different color coins as they get Mario through each stage in the fastest time possible. There is also a "Toad Rally" game mode where players can challenge "ghost" versions of other players' play-through's of levels. The game’s main bragging point in its promotions is that it can be played with only one hand.

There are many drawbacks to Super Mario Run, despite the hype and Jimmy Fallon’s glowing review. $10 USD is a lot of money for a mobile game, especially, since Pokémon Go was free. Players must also always be connected to the Internet, in order to combat piracy. The concerns over security are also why Super Mario Run is currently only available for iOS for now.

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Nintendo has been hesitant to release any mobile games. The corporation is incredibly protective of its intellectual property, and prefers to release games strictly for its own hardware. The success of Pokémon Go and their partner Niantic, however, changed their tune (or in this case, iTunes). Miyamoto announced Super Mario Run this past September at an Apple event, and the hype has been gaining momentum ever since.

Super Mario Run is available right now via iTunes