It would seem Nintendo is jumping deeper into the mobile gaming arena. However, this time, Nintendo’s most cherished character is coming to iOS first.
What this means is that Nintendo is pulling out all the stops and at last taking things mobile.
“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.”
Super Mario Run modes
In Super Mario Run, players navigate the traditional 2D Mario levels. The goal is to collect as many coins as you can within a specific amount of time before you reach the flagpole, which is found at the end of the level.
In addition to the single-player mode, there is a “Toad Rally” where players can compete against one another to collect coins.
Finally, the third mode allows you to create your own Mushroom Kingdom using the coins you have collected. Whether this allows you to create your own levels, such as a mini Super Mario Maker, is not yet known for certain. Time will tell. The game also has in-app purchases.
Why iOS gets Mario first
Many critics and analysts have been encouraging Nintendo to expand past its first-party proprietary hardware. This might initiate a generation of gamers that are moving past playing Mario on a gaming console. However, no matter how good Super Mario Run might be, it is impossible to predict how engaging the experience will be when compared to the traditional Mario platform.
Even though this is a bit of a surprise statement, at this point it is almost expected since Nintendo has been making huge strides in the mobile industry. Eventually, the game is likely to also be offered for Android, but right now Nintendo is sticking with the Apple platform.
Super Mario Run release date
Super Mario Run is going to launch in December this year. Nintendo has not yet announced what the price will be. It says that users will have the opportunity to try the game for free before committing to buying it. When it launches, the game will be available in 9 languages and in over 100 countries.
Super Mario Run follows the highly successful Pokemon GO, and will join a stable of other upcoming Nintendo mobile titles before March, 2017, including games like the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing series.