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Super Mario Run is available now to download on iOS

Super Mario Run is available now to download on iOS


On your marks, get ready: run

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Super Mario Run is now live on the App Store — buy it yourself for $9.99. The much-anticipated game is Nintendo’s first real attempt to puts its storied back catalogue of video game characters to use in the mobile world. Super Mario Run is a take on the endless runner type of game, letting players control Mario in a traditional side-scrolling platformer environment, but with just one control: tap to jump. It’s a simple set-up, but appropriate considering that Mario’s first ever video game appearance, in 1981’s Donkey Kong, saw him billed as simply “Jumpman.”

The game features three main modes. “World Tour” lets you play solo through 24 levels in six worlds; “Toad Rally” lets you challenge your friends’ times to race through certain levels; and “Mushroom Kingdom” lets you create and customize your own courses. You need to earn currency in the first two of these modes to use the third, as well as unlock five other characters. Unfortunately, the game requires an internet connection at all times — disconnect and a pop-up will appear that stops you from playing. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has said this requirement was designed to stop piracy.