Everybody’s favorite plumber arrives for iOS devices with Super Mario Run on December 15 for the price of $9.99, Nintendo announced.
While the game can be downloaded from the App Store for free, players will only get limited access to certain elements of the game’s current three modes. The one-time payment removes all barriers and ensures unlimited access to the entire game.
Super Mario Run features the following modes, but it’s possible that Nintendo adds new ones with time:
- World Tour: Run and jump with style to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s clutches!
- Toad Rally: Show off Mario’s stylish moves, compete against your friends and challenge people from all over the world.
- Kingdom Builder: Gather coins and Toads to build your very own kingdom.
To clarify, players have to collect Toads from the other two modes in order to build their Mushroom Kingdom with Kingdom Builder. It’s a nifty way of having players experience every nook and cranny of a game, rather than sticking to a single element.
“The wait is almost over for a Super Mario game that can be played on mobile devices,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Developed under the direction of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Super Mario Run brings a new take on the series’ beloved action-platforming gameplay to iPhone and iPad for the first time.”
In the game, Mario runs forward on his own, but relies on the tap of a single finger to jump over obstacles, avoid enemies, pull off stylish moves, collect coins and reach the flagpole to complete courses.
Super Mario Run is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 8.0 or later. It will launch in 151 countries and regions and support English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Russian, and traditional Chinese language options.
An Android version of the game has yet to be dated.