Super Mario Run
Super Mario Run is an automatic runner platformer game for mobile devices. In the game, Mario is constantly moving to the right and the player can make him jump by tapping the screen. The game features three modes: World Tour, which is the main game mode, Kingdom Builder, where players can customize their own kingdom with different objects, and Toad Rally, a battle mode where players can race against another player's time. Nintendo markets the game as the first Super Mario title that can be played with one hand.
The game was released in 150 countries worldwide on December 15, 2016. Super Mario Run is free-to-start, with the full game costing USD$9.99. It is the second mobile game developed and published by Nintendo (following Miitomo), and the first Mario mobile game. The game was released exclusively for iOS devices at launch and will release for Android in 2017. The latter version was open for pre-registration on Google Play on December 29, 2016.
On December 8, 2016, a demo of Super Mario Run was made available at Apple Stores worldwide.
Throughout each level, Mario will constantly run to the right without stopping, except when on Pause Blocks, and will jump if the player taps the screen. Mario will automatically grab ledges if he can reach them and will also jump over short obstacles on his own, including Goombas. If the player taps the screen while Mario is over an enemy, he will bounce off of it. If the player taps while Mario is on a wall, he will Wall Jump. The game features 24 levels (consisting of 6 worlds containing 4 levels each), of which Worlds 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, and 20 seconds of 1-4 are free. Additionally, the game requires the player to always be online for it to work.
In every level, up to five Pink Coins may be found among regular coins and within brick blocks. On the results screen, each Pink Coin is counted as ten regular coins. If all five Pink Coins are collected in a single run, they will be replaced with Purple Coins within that level, and the position of the coins will be made more challenging. If all five of these coins are again collected, the level will be replayable this time with Black Coins, with their positions also changed. Collecting all five Black Coins will have no further effect. Every time all of these coins are collected (regardless of color), the player receives two Rally Tickets.
The game features three game modes: World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder. World Tour is the single-player mode. In the Kingdom Builder mode, players will be able to build their own kingdom. In Toad Rally, the player can compete with other players from around the world. The main objective is to collect as many coins in a stage as possible. As Mario collects coins, a blue meter will gradually fill up. Once it is full, the player can use a mechanic known as "Coin Rush", which will allow Mario to run into enemies to defeat them and earn more coins. The player can also attract Toads by performing certain moves, which also increase the player's score.
There are a total of six playable characters in Super Mario Run. At the start of the game, only Mario is available, but players can unlock more characters as they progress through the game. Each character plays differently from each other. For example, Luigi can jump higher than Mario, Toad can run faster than Mario, Princess Peach and Yoshi have special abilities, and Toadette can convert some Toads to the player's side before the final tally in Toad Rally. Mario and Luigi have small forms when they get hurt, meaning they can be hurt twice before being defeated; however, the rest of the characters are defeated if they touch enemies at all. If those characters touch a Super Mushroom, they earn bonus coins instead of turning super. If the player clears "World 6-4: Bowser's Bob-ombing Run" as Peach, a Toad takes her place in the ending. If the player or the player's opponent plays as Toadette in Toad Rally, a Toad takes her place as the referee.
Since the entirety of World 1-4 and beyond of World Tour mode and blue, green, yellow, and purple Toads are exclusive to the full version of the game, only Mario and Toad can be played as in the free version.
Once Mario defeats an enemy for the first time, it is added to the notebook. If Mario defeats a certain amount of the same kind of enemy, they will level up and drop more coins than usual when defeated in Toad Rally.
Obstacles are not included in the notebook as they cannot be defeated.
Worlds and levels
Super Mario Run has received generally positive reviews, with the iOS version earning a 77 on Metacritic based on 46 reviews and an 77.31% based on 26 reviews on GameRankings. The game is generally praised for its simple, yet intuitive controls and that the game retains the quality level design from previous Mario platformers. Critics also praise the social competitiveness of the Toad Rally mode and building objects as motivation from Kingdom Builder. On the other hand, the game has been criticized for its relatively short World Tour length and low replayability of the levels, as well as the requirement for the game to be online.
Michael McWhertor of Polygon gave Super Mario Run a 7 out of 10 in his review. He has praised the game for its mechanics being translated well into taps for a touchscreen, but laments how it has been compromised by the lack of power-ups and precise control the series is known for. The review has described Kingdom Builder as a "lengthy grind in service of unlocking mostly cosmetic items." In his final verdict, he has described the game as "an enjoyable but imperfect adaptation of the Mario games for touchscreen devices." Jose Otero of IGN has given Super Mario Run an 8 out of 10,, praising the game for its strong level designs and new mechanics though also citing three-hit boss fights with Boom Boom and Bowser as "relics from Nintendo’s past" and states that "they’re not as smart or clever as the rest of the campaign stages." He has also cited that the visuals are not impressive, especially compared to another mobile auto-runner platformer, Rayman Jungle Run, but has praised Mario's animations within the game. His final statement stated that Super Mario Run is an elegantly designed platformer with strong hooks despite not being the best-looking Mario game by a longshot.
Super Mario Run received 3.5 million downloads in its first day, eclipsing another highly popular app game, Pokémon GO, which had only 900,000. It has reached the No. 1 spot in the App Store's top grossing and top free charts in the United States.
App Store description
A new kind of Mario game that you can play with one hand.
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