Thursday, 08 September 2016 20:24

Mario will be running on Apples

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If you are an avid gamer, have a soft spot for gaming nostalgia and so happen to be an iPhone user then your week has been made. Announced at the iPhone 7 launch, Nintendo showcased it's partnership with Apple to bring the iconic world of Mario to the mobile phone platform for the first time. 'Super Mario Run' will be running on iPhones and iPads first, scheduled for release in December, 2016.

Super Mario Run will be a free game to download from the App Store, but will include additional content made available through microtransactions. No mention of a date for if and when it will be released to other mobile platforms.

Here is a look at some game play from Super Mario Run.

Super Mario Run is a 2D side-scrolling platform game which, like many other games in this genre, allows you to play with one hand. This was an intentional design element and a game mechanic which Mario's creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, personally ensured was part of the game's experience. In his own words Miyamoto said, “You can even play it one handed, while you’re holding onto the handle on the subway, while eating a hamburger, or even an Apple."

If you want to know why Nintendo opted to go exclusive with iOS for Super Mario Run then here it from from Mario's creator, read this interview on The Verge with Shigeru Miyamoto

Super Mario Run, Mario will be constantly moving forward use a variety of jumps to navigate through the various levels. Depending on the timing of a player's taps, Mario will behave differently which let's gamers show off their skillfully smooth moves, collecting coins along the way to reach the final goal and prize.

Supermario run screens1Images: supermariorun.com

Initially there will be 3 different game modes to play. The first mode features coin collecting across challenging courses. The second mode is a 'king of the hill' type mode and has you challenge the play data of other gamers to show who can beat a course with the most style to impress Toads into joining you. In the third mode, you get to be all creative using the coins and Toads collected by playing the first two game modes to create your own Mushroom Kingdom.

The news of Super Mario Run had an immediate effect on the value of Nintendo, sending it's shares soaring 18% within minutes. Take that along with the phenomenal success of Pokemon Go and it sure seems like Nintendo could be creating it's own Golden age and possibly for mobile gaming in general. We are just hoping the mushrooms won't be replaced by apples!

For more information on Super Mario Run visit supermariorun.com

 

What are your thoughts on Super Mario Run, the iOS platform exclusivity and mobile gaming in general? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Fabian Balewa

Freelance gaming and eSports blogger. Loves RTS, RPG, MMO and FPS games. When not writing, he can be found planning a trip or traveling, coffee mug in hand.

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