Until now, one of the most popular platform video games in the world, Super Mario Bros., was only available for consoles by the Japanese brand Nintendo, the developer behind the saga of titles starring the famous Italian-American plumber.
Super Mario, available on NES, SNES, GameCube, Wii, DS, Game Boy... and now iPhone.
But it has just landed on another platform, iPhone and iPad, becoming the first Super Mario game for mobile devices and the first mobile game developed by Nintendo, if we take into account that Pokémon GO is entirely made by Niantic and that Miitomo is a communications tool rather than a game. We're obviously talking about Super Mario Run.
What's this Mario for iOS all about?
We know what to expect with the word run in its name. This title promises to be a frenetic endless runner game, in which we'll have to advance non-stop, collecting coins, eating mushrooms to grow bigger, defeating turtle-shaped enemies, going down green pipes to reach other worlds and, obviously, fighting against final bosses like Bowser to rescue Princess Peach.
All the action of classic Mario games, now on your phone.
And all the latter, single-handedly, as it's fully adapted to mobile devices and touchscreens. You'll only need to tap the screen a few times to carry out all sorts of jumps and stunts, negotiating the different obstacles. But that's not all, because we'll have three different game modes (endless, multiplayer and free), so our entertainment will be multiplied by three.
Where and how to download it?
Since it was presented last September during Apple's keynote with Tim Cook and Shigeru Miyamoto on stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, everyone knew that it would be published before the end of the year. And they were right because on the 15th of December version 1.0 of this game was launched. It's free to download but its first six worlds cost 9.99 Euros.
The best Christmas present possible.
The game is downloadable via iTunes, the official iPad and iPhone store, where over 20 million users reserved the game to be able to play it as soon as it's launched. The download is carried out exactly like any other iOS application: access the store and hit the Get button.
What about Super Marion Run for Android?
Fandroids have nothing to worry about. The launch of this game isn't an Apple exclusive, so at some stage, they'll be able to download the APK of Super Mario Run to their Android smartphones and tablets. However, they'll have to wait for more than iPhone users because Nintendo isn't expected to publish the app on Google Play until the first quarter of 2017. The wait will surely be worthwhile.
What's new in the latest version
- The gameplay has been simplified and several bugs and errors have been corrected.