A Mario-themed endless runner is coming to iPhone and it’s already seen Nintendo’s share price jump through the roof.
Fans thought the day would never come, but Shigeru Miyamoto himself has appeared onstage at Apple’s iPhone 7 reveal event, to unveil a Mario-themed endless runner game; which marks the first time the world’s most famous plumber has appeared in a smartphone game.
Like other endless runners, Mario moves from left to right automatically and all you have to do is tap to jump – the longer you tap the higher Mario jumps. The idea being you can play the game one-handed, while eating your lunch or doing something else.
There’s also another mode called Toad Rally where you get to race the ghost data of other people who have completed the same course, and a third mode where you can create your own Mushroom Kingdom by using coins you collect in the other two modes.
Despite what that might sound like Super Mario Run is not exactly free to play. Instead you get a ‘portion’ of the game for free and then pay a ‘set price’ to unlock everything else. Whether that means there aren’t any microtransactions or not isn’t clear.
Super Mario Run will be released in December and the mere announcement, and the spectacle of Nintendo being given such prominence at Apple’s event, has seen their share price jump by 16%.
The fact that Nintendo themselves are actually publishing this app – unlike Pokémon GO, which they had a more minimal role in – should mean that this time the investors stay happy.
Before Super Mario Run’s December launch, this month will also see a free Mario-themed sticker pack released for iMessage.
And speaking of Pokémon GO, it too got a spot at the Apple event, with the reveal of an Apple Watch version of the app that lets you know when you’re near a pokémon or pokéstop.
Developer Niantic also took the opportunity to reveal that the standard version of Pokémon GO has now been downloaded 500 million times.