As Nintendo keeps diving further into the mobile gaming market, this time, the most beloved character from Nintendo is coming along for the ride.
“They’ll be doing it first on iOS,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook as he introduced Miyamoto at the event. “They’ll be doing it in a brand new game, Super Mario Run.”
Three gameplay modes
In the mobile game, players will navigate the traditional 2D Mario levels in an effort to gather as many coins as they can within a set time frame, prior to reaching the flagpole at the end of the level. Tapping will make the auto-running Mario jump, so you can play the game by using just one hand. There are also multiple worlds and levels in Super Mario Run.
Beside this single-player mode, there is also a “Toad Rally” that lets players compete against one another.
Finally, a third mode allows you to create your own kingdom using the coins you have collected. Whether this means you can create your own levels, like a mini Super Mario Maker, is uncertain at this time.
What does it mean
This move by Nintendo is an interesting one. Many Nintendo critics and analysts have long pushed for this Japanese game maker to develop past its first-party proprietary hardware. There is no doubt that Mario, as well as other Nintendo platforms, is an excellent candidate for mobile gaming.
In many ways, this might introduce a generation of gamers that have moved away from console gaming. On the flip side, Nintendo is risking the dilution of its brand. Regardless of how good Super Mario Run ends up being, there’s no way it can ever be as engaging as the traditional Mario games.
Nintendo had already taken large strides into the mobile market. There is no doubt that eventually, the game will make its way to the Android market, but for now, Nintendo has chosen a platform that has more premium content and lower piracy rates.
Super Mario Run release date
Super Mario Run will launch in December, but the price has not yet been announced. Nintendo says users will be able to try the game for free for a period of time before purchasing. The game is going to be available in more than 100 countries and in nine languages.
Super Mario Run follows the breakout success of Pokemon GO, and will join a group of other upcoming Nintendo mobile apps, including games like Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem, all set to launch prior to March, 2017.