The game Super Mario Run was released today on iOS for free, with a single in-game purchase costing $9.99 USD.
Super Mario Run is free
Free to try, that is. Nintendo has stated you can play a few levels of Super Mario Run at no cost to you. It hasn’t stated how many levels will be free but if it is anything like what early previews suggest, expect three levels and a brief sampling of the fourth.
The game consists of tapping a mobile device screen to jump, double-jump, and ricochet off walls. The user runs from the left of the screen to the right, bounding through a treacherous set of worlds reminiscent of Super Mario Bros. games of the past. O.G. Mario game players will attain instant annoyance with the idea of only going forward – but they’ll soon get over it.
There’s also a rally race sort of game where the user battles another, phantom player in a runner world like the main game. In this side-game, the person with the most impressive run wins, and gains rewards as such. Rewards can be used to level up one’s own kingdom.
The user’s kingdom grows as the player plays each day. Users get bonuses for playing every single day, and attaining more rewards makes building a kingdom go well.
Super Mario Run is iPhone and iPad only for now
Yes, you read right, Nintendo is keeping Super Mario Run as a timed exclusive on iOS devices for now. A Super Mario Run Android release is planned for next year.
Super Mario Run is always online
Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, has revealed that you will need an Internet connection to play Super Mario Run. Speaking with Mashable, Miyamoto said that the decision had been taken to combat the game’s piracy. “For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us,” he added.
“And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we’re able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment.”
Super Mario Run may use upto 75MB of data per hour
According to AppleInsider, Super Mario Run iOS would need 75MB of data per hour of “constant, involved” play after the initial download.
Super Mario Run price
The game’s price is Rs. 620 in India and $9.99 in the US. This makes Super Mario Run one of the more expensive games on the App Store but you can try it for free.
This game’s first 10 minutes or so of gameplay is free. On top of that, this is the first game Nintendo has really, truly invested themselves and their brand into the mobile gaming universe. Super Mario Run is worth a download just to see how it plays. Users with a tendency towards addiction may want to stay away.