by Joshua Russo
Super Mario Runs onto iOS devices this December
During today’s Apple keynote where the company unveiled the iPhone 7, a special guest appeared onstage for a very unexpected announcement. Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario (and a number of other Nintendo franchises) joined Apple CEO Tim Cook onstage to announced Super Mario Run, a mobile platformer starring Nintendo’s mascot.
“We have created Super Mario Run to be perfect for playing on your iPhone,” Miyamoto said, “Super Mario has evolved whenever he has encountered a new platform, and for the first time ever, players will be able to enjoy a full-fledged Super Mario game with just one hand, giving them the freedom to play while riding the subway or my favorite, eating a hamburger.”
Cook went on to add, “The App Store has made so many things better in our lives — the way we communicate, the way we work and the way we have fun. But for gamers of all ages, the story just hasn’t been complete without Mario, so we are thrilled that Nintendo is bringing him to iOS for the first time this December.”
Super Mario Run will have a smaller free portion available to play, but paying a one time set purchase price will unlock the entire game’s content. Nintendo is also planning on releasing mobile apps featuring its Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises early next year.
Super Mario Run will launch on iOS this December in over 100 countries and nine languages. Nintendo has told Kotaku that Super Mario Run will come to Android devices at a later date.