5 Things You Need to Know About Super Mario Run

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What is Super Mario Run?

Super Mario Run is an upcoming mobile game from Nintendo, featuring characters and familiar game elements from the insanely popular Super Mario Bros. franchise. The game was a surprise announcement at the recent Apple presentation for the new iPhone 7. Super Mario Run will launch exclusively on iOS 10 and follow soon after on Android.

What is the Release Date for Super Mario Run?

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The exact date has not yet been announced, but Nintendo told us to expect it to be available sometime in December, 2016. If you want a heads up before it is released, you can go to the App Store now and choose to be notified once it’s available.

Will Super Mario Run Be Free?

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Kind of. The game will be free to download and install, and you will be able to play a lot of the content completely free. But much of the game will sit behind a one-time paywall, meaning that you’ll need to make a single in-app purchase to unlock it. Think of the free version as a demo of the full game.

How Popular will Super Mario Run Be?

It’s Nintendo. It’s Mario. To paraphrase Donald Trump, it’s going to be huuuuuuge. Some analysts are predicting 1.5 Billion downloads or more.

What is the Gameplay Like?

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth a million when it comes to describing gameplay. Fortunately, the fine people at Nintendo agree and have provided a video of the gameplay for Super Mario Run on YouTube. It looks glorious:

Why is Nintendo Finally Making Games for Mobile Phones?

Nintendo has long said that they would stay away from Android and iOS, preferring to make games available on their own hardware. But they relented with the Pokémon franchise, and allowed Niantic to use the IP to create the wildly successful Pokémon Go game this Summer. It’s bringing in the big bucks. So why not go for it this holiday season? The Verge has more thoughts from Super Mario creator Miyamoto on why Nintendo is moving to mobile.

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