Super Mario Run Coming to Android Next Year, Nintendo Confirms

Super Mario Run Coming to Android Next Year, Nintendo Confirms

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Super Mario Run was announced at iPhone 7 launch event
  • The game will come to App store in time for holiday season
  • Android release is expected to happen in 2017

The launch event for iPhone 7 on Wednesday did not put forward any unexpected announcements, mostly because of earlier leaks. However, one of the most cheered moments from the event came when Tim Cook announced that everybody’s beloved character Mario is finally making his way to the App Store. Now, Nintendo has reportedly confirmed that the game will be coming to Android after it hits the App Store.

Japanese video-game designer Shigero Miyamoto, also known as ‘Mario’s Father’, announced on Wednesday that Nintendo will be releasing mobile game ‘Super Mario Run’ on App Store in time for holiday season. The game is based on the classic game Super Mario Bros. but allows you to play the game with one hand due to its perpetual running style.

Although Miyamoto only announced the game for iOS at the launch event, according to a report by Kotaku, Nintendo has said, “We do intend to release the game on Android devices at some point in the future.”

However, the game will not be making its way to Google Play Store this year as in a separate interview to IGN, Miyamoto said that Super Mario Run will not come to Android this year.

Regarding the company’s choice of platform for game’s release, Miyamoto told IGN, “For us, the stability of the iOS platform was important in choosing iPhones for the game.”

The game has already been listed on App Store without a price, and is not available for download in any region. Interestingly, the App Store has what appears to be an hitherto unseen Notify button alongside, which will notify users when the app is available in their region. However, it should be noted that users in India do not see the option once they click on the button.

Much like prior Mario games, in Super Mario Run you’ll be collecting coins and get to the flagpole at the end of each level. In addition to this, there’s a battle mode called Toad Rally. This mode is an asynchronous multiplayer mode that lets you choose an opponent and try to beat their high score.

It will be interesting to see if the game is able to register as much success as some of the recent games like Pokemon Go.