Super Mario Run release date, unlock price announced

Super Mario Run is coming December 15, Nintendo has announced. 

Mario's first foray into the mobile platform will launch for iPhone and iPad. The base game is free and lets you try each of the three modes, with a one-time unlock price of $9.99 to get "unlimited access" to all of the content. It will be available on iOS devices running firmware version 8.0 or later. 

The three game modes include World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder. World Tour consists of 24 courses through six worlds, in a traditional Mario story. Toad Rally is a connected competitive mode to "show off Mario's stylish moves." Kingdom Builder appears to be a sim-like mini-game in which you build up your kingdom using coins collected from Toad Rally.

Super Mario Run made its debut on the Apple stage, and creator Shigeru Miyamoto has emphasized that this is a real, challenging Mario game. After the runaway success of Pokemon Go, Nintendo is hoping this replicates its success, and with an iconic character like Mario that may just be possible.

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