Super Mario Run is now available
Nintendo’s free endless runner offers 3 levels before prompting for payment.
Arguably the biggest surprise at this year’s reveal of new iPhones wasn’t the new handsets, which were widely leaked in the weeks before the event. Instead it was the fact that Apple gave the stage over to Nintendo to announce Super Mario Run, an Mario-styled endless runner game due for release by the end of the year.
Super Mario Run is now available as a free app for iOS devices, although that’s free with some rather solid limitations.
Rather than go down the endless in-app purchases route that so many other mobile games opt for, Nintendo has elected to make just three of the game’s basic tour levels available to free players, as well as the ability to play a limited number of times on the game’s Toad Rally attack mode.
If you want more of Super Mario Run, a single time $14.99 payment is required. The game also requires a persistent Internet connection, and requests that you link a Nintendo ID to your game, although this does unlock Toad as a playable character for you.
That’s a relatively high price for a mobile game or, to look at it another way, the cheapest that Nintendo’s ever made an in-house Mario game. It’s certainly not the first time Mario’s appeared on a non-Nintendo platform, but it will be interesting to see how well this particular premium-priced effort fares.
Nintendo has done very well from its IAP-assisted Pokémon Go games this year, but its other game, the social network app Miitomo has faded into obscurity. There's no sign of the Pokémon Go Apple Watch app that was also demonstrated at the same Apple event as yet.