Since September of 2016, when Tim Cook and Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage at Apple's annual Keynote to announce the arrival of Super Mario on mobile devices, the hype surrounding Super Mario Run, the first game for smartphones and tablets developed by Nintendo, hasn't stopped growing.
Super Mario Run lands on Google Play.
The highest moment came in December when, after several months of wait, iOS users were finally allowed to download the game to their iPhones and iPads. And ever since then, we've all asked ourselves the same question: when will the Android version be out? Well, the wait is over because there's no need to pre-register on Google Play to receive notifications about the release of Super Mario Run for Android: it's here and for free. It has met the deadlines foreseen and since March of 2017, it's available for download. So forget about borrowing your mate's iPhone or watching mouth-watering gameplays on YouTube because you now can play it on your very own device.
What is Super Mario Run for Android like?
Well, since we can download Nintendo's latest hit, leaving Pokémon GO and the portable game console Switch to one side, we can stop trying to imagine what it's going to be like and try out all its features by ourselves.
In the first place, following suit to the iOS version, it's a free-to-download game, although that 'free' isn't totally true because we'll have to make an in-app purchase to get hold of the full game. Therefore, to play all 24 levels, we'll have to pay a price just under 10 euros.
Super Mario Run for Android costs the same as the iPhone version. Or what did you expect?
How to play this endless runner is identical to iPhone. We can move the most famous plumber in video gaming history around with just one hand, making him run and jump in search of his beloved Princess Peach, while we collect coins on our way, as well as playing the other game modes available, as explained below.
Once you purchase the 24 levels of the 6 worlds, you'll be able to unlock new characters to play with: Luigi, Yoshi, and Toadette. They move differently to Mario so you'll have to learn new controls. You'll also find seven new types of levels, as well as more decorations and buildings for your kingdom to be able to expand it.
Three game modes
This version of Super Mario also comes along with the same three game modes available for iPhone and iPad:
- Word Tour: it's the main mode in which we have to try to complete the 6 worlds of the game divided into 24 worlds to rescue Peach from Bowser, on a setting in which we can't stop running or jumping.
- Toad Rally: it's Super Mario Run's multiplayer mode in which we can compete against friends and unknown users trying to beat their score with stylish moves and stunts in order to earn coins and Toads.
- Kingdom Builder: with the coins and Toads earned in the other two modes you can build yourself a totally customized world. It's a free mode in which you can use up to 100 different elements to create and construct.
How to play?
There's not much mystery to it, remember that it's an endless runner and not a platformer and that it's a Mario game. Therefore, you'll run forward non-stop trying to avoid all sorts of enemies and obstacles tapping the screen to make the famous plumber jump.
Depending on how you press the screen the jumps will be longer or shorter, and on your way, you can collect coins, including five purpose ones on each level. Peach is waiting for you, so what are you waiting for to rescue her?
What's new in the latest version
- We can now skip the tutorial with a button.