Mario Steps Foot on Mobile Today
Today is December 15, and as of this writing, Super Mario is now an iPhone game.
Words we never thought would come out of our mouths just a few years ago, now seem to be almost a no-brainer as Nintendo begins to embrace the mobile space.
Super Mario Run is out now. We are just getting into it, so no opinions at the time of this writing, but we do know some things. Mario Run has been built from the group up for mobile, so don't expect to see a classic game shoehorned into a crappy touch screen port. The game can be played with one hand and is designed to be played in short bursts. On paper, it sounds like the perfect way to play Mario on a phone.
Of course it is not all good news. It wouldn't be a Nintendo product if there wasn't at least one caveat. Super Mario Run requires players to always be online when playing, so kill that dream of playing Mario Run on your train commutes.
There's a kingdom builder mode, because games are all about creation these days. This part will be interesting, as features like this are unusual for Mario games. We are excited to see if there is something new and interesting to do there.
If you have an iPhone, go download Super Mario Run. Statistically, you've been begging Nintendo to make this game for nearly a decade. As we step into this new weird future where Nintendo makes mobile games and is releasing a new hybrid console, we are reminded that things must change. If you asked us five years ago what we thought about Mario on iPhone and a single Nintendo device that does the portable and home console gaming in one, we'd probably tell you to get lost. But in 2016 we are excited for both Super Mario Run as well as the upcoming Switch.
Life is weird, but sometimes you've just gotta [Super Mario] Run with it.