The wait is finally over: you can now play Super Mario Run—if you have an Apple device that is. Nintendo’s first smartphone video game was released in the App Store Thursday afternoon and people couldn’t get enough of it, literally. It came as a surprise to many that users must pay $9.99 for the app in order to play past a certain point.
Mario creator and Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto first announced in September that the nostalgic game would be making its smartphone debut. In an interview with Time, he explained, “The approach we took was, ‘How can we take that essence of the simplicity of Mario and bring it to mobile devices?’ And that meant thinking about a game that would run automatically, on its own, but where there’s still the challenge of jumping and things like that, that are uniquely Mario.”
According to The Verge, the app features 24 levels across six worlds. “Long-term enjoyment of Super Mario Run will hinge on a tolerance for playing through the same levels many, many times. Each stage is designed to be replayed, drawn with multiple paths to explore, and littered with “challenge coins” that get progressively trickier to find.” All in all, they say the game is fun, but “feels like a compromised version of the classic games.”
Though the debut of the app was long-awaited, many expressed disappointment over certain aspects, including the pay-to-play, the fact that a WiFi connection is required and that the easy-to-play format results in needing to play with the default portrait layout. It is also only available for iPhone and iPad currently, with an Android version expected to debut in 2017.
Many expressed their excitement or disappointment on social media. Take a look at what some people had to say about the game and comment what you thought of it below!
Social Media Reacts to Release of Super Mario Run
Forgot #SuperMarioRun came out today!!
— KING (@iamKingAshlee) December 15, 2016
R.I.P #SuperMarioRun. December 15th 2016 – December 15th 2016.
— Snowy ⛄️ (@fucksnowy) December 15, 2016
I'm playing #SuperMarioRun and IM HORRIBLE at it but idc CAUSE ITS FRICKEN MARIO ON MY IPHONEEEE
— Bryan Lanning (@bryanlanning) December 15, 2016
— T.L.O.A ⚡️ (@Nevers_Failures) December 15, 2016
— osciaral (@OsciaraL) December 15, 2016
— Sher2catchanL (@Sher2win52) December 15, 2016
Scumbag Super Mario: Asks you a million times to be notified for the app release.
Doesn't notify you when app releases.#SuperMarioRun
— Jared Mecham (@jaredmecham) December 15, 2016
— Brandon (@TwittahGod) December 15, 2016
— Steven (@StevenGrondell) December 15, 2016
Okay I'm addicted to #SuperMarioRun it's the only game phone I play! Do I purchase it I like getting all the pink coins
— Nicola ❥❄️ (@nicolaaa__xo) December 15, 2016
#SuperMarioRun is fun for 5 seconds until you finish the first world and have to pay to play all 6 worlds.
— Karola (@KarolaCouturier) December 15, 2016
Have you tried playing Super Mario Run? What do you think of the app? Sound off in the comments section below!
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