Mario is one of the legends of the gaming world, being famous throughout the world, even among people whose only experience with video games was playing for a few minutes with their children or grandchildren. The video game industry’s renowned plumber has recently come back yet again when a new Super Mario game was released, this time for mobile devices.
Super Mario Run is an auto-running platform game released for iOS devices in December 2016, with an Android version being expected in early 2017. Its popularity among iPhone and iPad users has so far been immense, with the game breaking records by achieving over 50 million downloads during the week following its release, making it the fastest-growing app in the history of the iOS platform.
What likely contributed to its popularity is its overall convenience and simplicity. The character moves and graphics are similar to recent Super Mario games for the Nintendo DS and 3DS handheld consoles. The gameplay has been made a lot simpler than what one can find in the classic Super Mario series. In Super Mario Run, Mario automatically runs and jumps over small obstacles, with the player tapping the screen to make him jump over bigger obstacles. Mario can jump on enemies and collect coins as usual. The objective of the game is to complete each level as quickly as possible, all while grabbing coins.
Super Mario Run gives Mario much better acrobatic and athletic abilities compared to previous titles in the series. Mario now has the ability to jump higher than ever before, perform spin attacks on enemies and even bounce off walls. While some more experienced gamers may consider Super Mario Run to be a tad too simplistic and short, it is still a fun game to play, especially for those feeling nostalgic for the old Super Mario games of their childhood.