Get Ready for Nintendo’s Super Mario Run to Release on the Apple App Store Today

After months of anticipation, Super Mario Run is set to release today on Apple’s App Store.  The release of this infinite runner-style game set in the Super Mario Brothers universe is a departure from Nintendo’s standard procedure of developing content exclusively for Nintendo hardware.  Nintendo’s new mobile game will be free to try but costs $9.99 for the full version.


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Super Mario Run is the first-ever mobile game featuring one of the most iconic video game heroes in the world.  The controls are simple enough that you’ll be able to play with one hand.  By tapping on the screen you’ll be able to jump over obstacles, avoid enemies, collect coins, pull off stylish moves, and then reach the flagpole which signifies the finish line for each course.

There will be three game modes included in the full version.  World Tour is a game mode where you run through the courses trying to save Princess Peach from the evil clutches of Bowser, trying to collect coins and powerups along the way.  Toad Rally is a game mode where you can challenge other players around the world in a race through the stages trying to collect as many coins as you can.  In Kingdom Builder, you can use the coins you’ve gathered in Toad Rally to build your own unique Mushroom Kingdom, complete with buildings and decorations.

Super Mario Run will require an internet connection, however, which is a bummer to a lot of mobile gamers and has been a source of complaints over the past week.  That means you likely won’t be able to play on an airplane or in the subway.  The good news, though, is that once you pay the one-time in-app purchase of $9.99 to unlock the full version, there will never be any other in-app purchases, so you won’t have to worry about racking up credit card charges to buy more lives or energy, or whatever else all of the “freemium” games want you to buy.

Check out some screenshots, below:

Super Mario Run will be available on iOS devices, iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches, running iOS 8 or later.  It will support English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Russian, and traditional Chinese languages.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on Nintendo’s new mobile Mario adventure by commenting below. Will you be purchasing the game?  Is the $9.99 price tag too high?  Will you be purchasing the game to simply show your support and hope that Nintendo develops more original content for mobile devices?  If you did download Super Mario Run, please let us know what you think!

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Perry Brauner
I'm an architect by trade, but the overarching theme of my life has always been trying to keep up with the newest, coolest technology. Ever since I picked up an NES controller, I've been hooked on the latest and greatest gadgets, gizmos, and toys. Whether it's gaming, mobile phones, and accessories, or PCs and Apple products, I'm interested. I use many Apple products in my daily life, such as the iPhone, iPad, and my MacBook Pro. I've also built a few PCs in my day, so I'd like to say that I'm a pretty well-rounded techie.