Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s first real foray into mobile gaming, won’t be available on Android until March, the company announced in a tweet. In our review of the iOS version we thought the game was fun, but compromised; with surprisingly deep gameplay considering there’s only one control (tap to jump).
Android版「Super Mario Run」は、2017年3月に配信を開始します。現在Google Playでは、配信開始を通知でお知らせする事前登録の受付を行っています。ぜひご登録ください。https://t.co/2DW2TnCK6d pic.twitter.com/2QbMM6fGRh— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) January 18, 2017
The question now is was it worth it for Nintendo? The company has been fretting about a move to mobile gaming for years, and is set to release two further titles in 2017 (Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing) with more to come in the following years. But while initial interest in Super Mario Run was high, estimates from third-parties suggest that only around three percent of users paid for the full game.
Mario hasn’t run out of steam yet, but he seems to be finding mobile gaming a bit of a slog. We’ll see how it goes on Android. You can sign up to be notified with Super Mario Run is released through the Google Play Store.