That's when Super Mario will make his smartphone debut. Nintendo announced Tuesday it will release the mobile game Super Mario Run for the iPhone and iPad next month. Players can download the game for free, and try certain portions of it without paying. Unlocking the full game will cost $9.99. Super Mario Run is among the category of running games similar to Temple Run, where the character runs on their own, and players must tap the touchscreen to jump over obstacles and swipe left or right to dodge.
It's certainly a bummer that Nintendo decided to release its first Mario mobile game as an iOS exclusive (and right before Christmas, no less), but don't let your curiosity get the best of you. If you see a Super Mario Run APK promising installation on your Android phone, run the other way. This is precisely the kind of situation scammers live for: There's a hot new game that millions of people can't get on their phones and are desperate to play, so they push out APKs disguised as ported versions of the game. Instead, the only thing they'll play on your phone is ransomware and malware. The impact on you at home: There doesn't have to be any if you're vigilant.
Nintendo's historical reluctance to embrace smartphone games has always hinted at a lack of confidence. After all, the company's success has been built on great software filled with great characters. All it needed was reassurance that money could be made in smartphones and there's been plenty of that. Now, after a bit of encouragement with Miitomo and witnessed a lot of encouragement with Pokemon Go, a phenomenon from which it actually profited little, it has finally jumped down the pipe into the smartphone waters with Super Mario Run. Nintendo describes Super Mario Run as a market expansion play for the company; the iOS-exclusive app registered 5 million downloads in its first day of availability.