Super Mario Run: Everything You Need To Know!

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After almost a decade of smartphones being a thing, Mario is finally available in the palm of our hands, ready to run, jump and spread joy, at the tap on the screen. Super Mario Run is Nintendo’s first foray into smartphone and tablet market and as you’d expect from Nintendo, they’ve done this right (they did take their sweet time though). Read on to find out everything interesting about the new game.

What Is Super Mario Run?

Super Mario Run is a side-scrolling, automatic runner (not an endless runner). You can play the game with just one hand and one finger. When the game starts, Mario runs automatically.

You tap the screen to make Mario jump. You tap for a longer time to make him jump higher. And that’s it. To make things a bit simpler and help you focus on collection the coins, Nintendo has added a bit of automation to the mix. When you come near an enemy, Mario will volt over them automatically.

Check out our complete beginners guide to Super Mario Run here!

How to Download Super Mario Run for iPhone and iPad

Super Mario Run has been released worldwide – in 155 countries. It’s available on the App Store. All you have to do is open the App Store, search for “Super Mario Run” and tap the “Get” button. Alternatively, you can also visit this link on your iPhone or iPad and the Super Mario Run page on the App Store will open automatically.

How Much Does It Cost?

The game is free to download but to get the whole experience, you’ll need to pay $9.99. That’s steep yes but it is, after all, a Nintendo game. Keep reading and by the end of this page, you’ll be convinced that the world of Super Mario Run is worth the price of admittance.

Will It Run Offline?

Putting a bit of a damper on all the excitement, Nintendo has said that the game just flat out won’t run if the device isn’t connected to the internet. The move is supposedly to curb piracy. But this is iOS we’re talking about – with a locked down file system. If they were talking about Android phones or jailbroken devices, then it would make sense. I guess this being their first foray on the new platform, Nintendo is just being really really cautious. This means no Super Mario Run for you when you’re on vacation or during your Subway rides.

What’s It Like To Play? Read Our Review to Find Out

We did a hands-on review of the game where we spent some quality time with the demo version at the Apple Store. You can read our in-depth review in this post.

How to  Play Super Mario Run?

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As I said, this is not an endless runner. The classic, single player mode “World Tour” has levels, just like the old school Mario games. You’ll find some levels and gameplay from the old game that you love so much. But there’s a lot of new stuff as well. There are 6 different worlds and 24 levels in total.

Just like the classic Super Mario games, you have to read to flag pole, which is at the end of the level, before the time runs out.

Super Mario Run isn’t about mindlessly running around. You, of course, have to collect coins, defeat enemies, get powers and such but there’s one more twist.

Each section has 5 special coins, they’re in pink. These are hard to get points. You’ll need to plan your taps precisely to reach them. When you collect them you get more points. Once you collect the pink coins, that will unlock the purple coins, after that it’s black coins. This means you can play the same level over again over again with new objectives and more points, without getting bored. All the special coins get you more points that you can then use in the Kingdom Builder.

Super Mario Run Tips and Tricks

A Nintendo game isn’t fun if you can’t use it to annoy your friends with your high scores. Thankfully, Super Mario Run has a competitive, multiplayer mode. You can play with someone over the internet, and they’ll show up in your run as a ghost.

At the end, the game will tally up the points from both players. The points are awarded not just to who got the most coins and power-ups but also who was the most “stylish”, making use of Mario’s movement.

Your kingdom building depends on your toad following. The more points you have, the more toads you’ll be able to get to your kingdom, the more buildings, and structures you’ll be able to acquire.

The way to do this is, you guessed it, play Toad Rally, a lot.

How to Play As Other Characters

As you play more and unlock the game, you’ll also be able to play as other characters from the Super Mario universe – Luigi, Yoshi, Toad and more.

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Super Mario Run Failed to Meet Nintendo’s Revenue Expectations

Super Mario Run Failed to Meet Nintendo’s Revenue Expectations

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Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario Run’ v2.0 for iOS Adds More Free Playable Content and New Characters

Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario Run’ v2.0 for iOS Adds More Free Playable Content and New Characters

In addition to releasing Super Mario Run for Android, Nintendo also released a major update — v2.0 –to the iOS version of the game that adds additional free playable content to the game. 

5 Confusing Things About Super Mario Run Explained

5 Confusing Things About Super Mario Run Explained

While it’s true Super Mario Run might be the most straightforward game Nintendo has launched for the franchise, it’s still confusing at times. The game doesn’t always adequately explain some of the features or gameplay aspects. That’s especially true of features like the friend system, My Nintendo points, and even the final boss stage.

New Report Suggests More People Bought Super Mario Run Than Previously Estimated

New Report Suggests More People Bought Super Mario Run Than Previously Estimated

In December, Nintendo officially launched Super Mario Run, the highly-anticipated endless runner starring not only Mario, but also other of Nintendo’s most beloved characters.

Research Firm Says Only 3% of People Who Downloaded Super Mario Run Paid Full Price to Unlock It

Research Firm Says Only 3% of People Who Downloaded Super Mario Run Paid Full Price to Unlock It

Detailing the rise and fall of Nintendo’s Super Mario Runa report from WSJ citing market research firm Newzoo says that only 3% of the people who downloaded the game ended up paying $9.99 to unlock it. It was estimated that Super Mario Run has been downloaded 90 million times since its launch on December 15.

What are My Nintendo Points in Super Mario Run?

What are My Nintendo Points in Super Mario Run?

If you’ve been playing Super Mario Run, you might be familiar with the two main forms of currency: coins and toad rally tickets. However, there is a hidden and dare I say superior third currency built into the game. It’s My Nintendo points. I say they’re superior because they let you buy both tickets and coins if you need them, plus other rewards too.

5 Annoyances with Super Mario Run and How To Fix Them

5 Annoyances with Super Mario Run and How To Fix Them

Super Mario Run is Nintendo’s first game for the iPhone and it shows. While the game itself is jolly good fun and a much-needed dose of nostalgia, there are some glaring issues with the game. There are the biggest annoyances and problems with Super Mario Run and how to fix them.

Super Mario Run Ranked: Top 5 Easiest Levels

Super Mario Run Ranked: Top 5 Easiest Levels

If you’ve checked out reviews for Super Mario Run lately, you might notice they’ve been rather lukewarm for such a hyped up game. Many complaints revolve around the price — that the game is simply not worth $10 for what you get.

Super Mario Run Ranked: Top 5 Hardest Levels

Super Mario Run Ranked: Top 5 Hardest Levels

Super Mario Run has been out for only about a week and it’s already drawn plenty of mixed criticism. Some feel the game isn’t worth $10 and that Nintendo messed up. While I do understand some concerns, I’m a fan. I’ve been playing the game every day since it came out, even replaying multiple levels of the tour several times. I can’t say that Super Mario Run isn’t generally difficult, but some levels do get frustrating to beat.

Poll: Do You Like Super Mario Run?

Poll: Do You Like Super Mario Run?

It has been almost a week since Super Mario Run went live on the App Store. Even though the game costs a steep $9.99, it has been downloaded over 40 million times since its release and this was despite the game crashing for many users on launch day.