With Super Mario Run coming out on December 15th for iOS, creator of the popular character Shigeru Miyamoto spoke about the game in detail in an interview with Mashable. The creator reveals one very surprising aspect about Super Mario Run for iOS: the game requires an active internet connection to work.
As per Miyamoto, Nintendo had to add the requirement of an active internet connection to prevent piracy. With the game launching in over 150 countries, “security” was a big issue for Nintendo and an active internet connection was the best way to keep the software secure. The active network connection is also used in all the three modes of Super Mario Run to allow them to work together.
We had thought at one point that it would be nice to have the World Tour [story] mode available standalone, to be able to play without that connection. But then the challenge is when that’s operating in a standalone mode, it actually complicates the connection back to the Toad Rally and Kingdom modes. And because those two modes are relying on the network save, we had to integrate the World Tour mode as well.
This essentially means that you will not be able to play Super Mario Run when your iPhone or iPad is in flight mode or you don’t have access to an active Wi-Fi connection network. While many iOS games also require access to the internet for privacy and security purposes every once in a while, none of them require access to an active internet connection all the time.[Via Mashable]