Prior to Apple’s long-anticipated keynote, news of the iPhone 7 “leaked” on both the company’s own website and Amazon, so we had an idea of what to expect. Meanwhile, Nintendo had a surprise that no one saw coming in the form of Super Mario Run, a new video game that will release this winter for both the iPhone and iPad.
We couldn’t help but cheer as famous game designer and Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, took the stage to show off the beautiful Super Mario Run. Similar to other popular titles on the App Store, like Temple Run and Canabalt, Super Mario Run doesn’t let you control the on-screen plumber with a virtual d-pad. Instead, Mario runs on his own. All you need to do is tap the screen to make him jump over obstacles and collect gold coins while on route to the iconic flagpole.
“We have created Super Mario Run to be perfect for playing on your iPhone,” said Mr. Miyamoto, who came up with the idea for Mario more than 35 years ago. “Super Mario has evolved whenever he has encountered a new platform, and for the first time ever, players will be able to enjoy a full-fledged Super Mario game with just one hand, giving them the freedom to play while riding the subway or my favorite, eating a hamburger.”
In addition to reaching the flagpole in each level, Super Mario Run also comes with a fun social feature where you compete against other players’ stage completion times. In fact, you’ll see a “ghost” of the other person and his or her run during your play through, so you can gauge how you measure up. Sounds like the sort of thing that will become super addictive as we attempt to beat our friends.
Thankfully, you don’t have to wait long to play the game. Super Mario Run will release this December. There will be a free demo version, along with a paid edition that lets you enjoy the full game.
Even better, Nintendo still has at least two more games coming to iPhone and iPad… Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem!
Definitely a fun time to be a gamer, but what do you think of Super Mario Run? Will you still play games on the 3DS?
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