Super Mario Run is available now on iOS devices, but its price model is a tad confusing. It’s available to download for free, but that download is more of a demo offering a sliver of the game. To enjoy it in full, you’ll have to pay a premium amount. To help you make sense of it, here’s the breakdown:
The free version of the game includes the first three levels of the first world and the Toad Rally and Kingdom Builder modes. Toad Rally is a competitive mode where players can attempt to outdo their friends’ performances on key levels, while Kingdom Builder is a customization mode in which players can decorate the layout of the Mushroom Kingdom to suit their tastes with a handful of cosmetic options.
For the price of $9.99, players will gain access to all 24 levels spread out over 6 worlds, 3000 coins to be used in-game, and 20 Toad Rally tickets to compete in the competitive mode. Although priced higher than the average mobile game on iOS, this price is actually a decent deal for anyone wanting to get the most out of their time with Super Mario Run, since it's the best way to access every level and a fair number of items within the core game itself.
Super Mario Run is one of the very first Nintendo-developed mobile games to release on smartphones and tablets, alongside the likes of the experimental social game Miitomo. An always-online app mixing elements of endless runners and platforming games, it was developed specifically to take advantage of mobile’s touch screen interface and is controlled via tapping on the screen to time Mario’s jumps as he automatically runs through one of 24 stages. A number of key characters and elements unique to the Mario universe make an appearance throughout, including Toad, Bowser, and Princess Peach.
Super Mario Run was first announced during Apple’s iPhone 7 reveal event and will only be available on iOS devices at launch. However, it is expected to release on Android in early 2017. To learn more, read our official Super Mario Run review on Modojo.