Nintendo had long scoffed at the idea of bringing its popular franchises to mobile devices, but after experiencing a taste of the power of mobile with Pokémon Go and Miitomo, the company is ready to diving head first into the lucrative world of mobile gaming.
Having mentioned the possibility of their franchises on mobile devices, int he past, it looks like the first flagship series Nintendo will bring over is Mario.
At the Apple event in San Franciscco today, Nintendo announced Super Mario Run, a “full-sized Super Mario Bros. action-platformer developed specifically for mobile.”
Anyone who has played a Mario game in the past, already knows the franchise lends itself quite nicely to mobile devices, and today that speculation was confirmed. Nintendo legend and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto showed off gameplay of Super Mario Run, which will see the iconic plumber run forward on his own as the player uses a single finger to jump over obstacles, avoid pesky enemies, and capture the flag pole to complete levels. It’s basically a Mario-skinned endless runner (except with an end, the flagpole, and numerous stages).
Super Mario Run has a mode in which the player collects coins and heads for the goal, and a mode in which the player competes against the acrobatic moves of other people who have completed the same course. In addition, there is a mode in which you create your own Mushroom Kingdom based upon these play results.
Super Mario Run will find its way to the App Store for iPhone and iPad this December. And perhaps the most refreshing bit of news is that the game won’t be entirely free to play, so no annoying microtransactions or paywalls. iOS users will be able to download and play a portion of the game for free; however, players will have to pay a set purchase price (not yet known) to enjoy all of the game game content available at launch and after.
And for you Android users, Nintendo has confirmed plans to release the game for Android devices “at some point in the future.”
“We have created Super Mario Run to be perfect for playing on your iPhone,” said Mr. Miyamoto, who first devised the Mario character 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.”
Super Mario Run has been developed with Mr. Miyamoto as lead creator for Nintendo. Nintendo is also continuing its partnership with DeNA for the launch of Super Mario Run.
After the launch of Super Mario Run in December, Nintendo plans to deliver its previously announced mobile device titles in the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem series before the end of March, 2017.