In a very unexpected move, Apple has just announced on stage that Mario is coming to the iPhone! The game is called Super Mario Run [Free] and is, of course, a runner starring the world's most famous plumber. The game looks like a lot of fun with plenty to do, but the news here is that we are finally getting Mario on iOS, which was a total surprise. And we are also getting a Mario sticker pack with iOS 10. So, I think it's safe to say that Nintendo has finally realized the benefit of bringing even its most famous IPs to iOS. Who knows what other famous Nintendo characters we'll be getting on iOS in the future (Zelda, please).

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The game offers three different game modes. The first offers challenging courses for you to complete, the second lets you challenge other people's ghosts, and in the third you can create your own Mushroom Kingdom using coins collected from the other modes. Keep in mind that many thought Nintendo would never bring Mario to the App Store because it would cannibalize the Japanese company's own handhelds. So, this is quite the surprise and bodes very well for everyone who enjoys iOS gaming. According to Nintendo, the game will be free to download and then will have a set price that will unlock the rest of the content. Super Mario Run will release December 2016, and I can't wait.

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Update: Here's a trailer directly from Nintendo:

 

  • http://www.unexpect3rd.com unexpect3rd

    You guys are fast on this report

  • loophole

    I did not see this coming...

    • skylerolson

      No one did

      • gmattergames

        Boom goes the dynamite!

      • F34R

        The preview was on the App store a couple hours before the keynote was even started. 😉

      • Chowderbatter

        I did.

        Years ago.

        Have a nice day.

      • Bleakobscurity

        They have been talking about getting into mobile devices for over a year now.

    • Mrwubbs

      How could you not see this coming? The first thing of thought of when they said Nintendo would make mobile games is Mario endless runner. It's the most obvious thing......

  • sherlockeb

    I love how Shigeru Miyamoto came to announce the game himself.

  • Mysterious Heroine X

    I could not be happier that he chose the paid route for this game. I'm definitely going to buy this now.

    • nkarafo

      Me too. I don't like the idea of Mario runner but oh well it's a beginning. I will probably buy it for support. I wish intelligent systems will develop a full hardcore title Fire Emblem and no casual / lite versions which it will be fantastic with touch controls !

  • Wizard_Mike

    It's not going to be freemium? Wow! Very cool news indeed!

  • Finandir

    Pretty unexpected, but definitely something to look forward to. Given that it will be a premium app (really good decision), about the only mistake they coul make would be to price it too high. I think they could get $5 pretty easily. I'm not sure if even Mario can command a higher price than that on iOS.

    • rotsentu

      Some Final Fantasy games are in the $15 - $20 bucks!

      • Finandir

        It is true that some games sell for more than I'm suggesting. However, there is a difference. Final Fantasy is a niche game. It is something primarily known to people that consider themselves gamers. That can be hard to keep in mind when you live in that world. (Pretty much everyone here would fit into that gamer category, or we probably wouldn't be reading this site.)

        That is a much smaller audience than Mario has. Mario has reached a status where the general public is aware of the games to a some extent. Ask the average person about Final Fantasy, and you will get blank looks. Ask almost anyone about Mario games and they will at least know what you are talking about.

        It is that larger audience that I think the Mario games will have to be priced toward. I think $5 is probably the sweet spot there. Possibly as much as $10, though a lot of people will balk at that price. (Different economy than that of portable systems like the Gameboy/DS/etc.).

        Obviously, I may be completely wrong. Nintendo has seen success not following general trends, such as with the original Wii. I guess we will find out soon.

  • Callys Caves 3

    o dang

  • DJCubs

    Finally something makes up for Real Racing 3

  • ion677

    I'm more excited about the prospect of the original super mario. You just know that eventually they will sell their back catalogue and rake in $$$

  • http://www.unexpect3rd.com unexpect3rd

    Up next Pokemon go on Apple Watch, lol

  • ThePawn

    Instant buy for me

  • ashmike3

    It's out now

    • Remote_

      It really isn't.

      • ashmike3

        Ah, tricky. It's a link to App Store to get notified. Oops.

      • Remote_

        🙂

    • ROGER-NL

      It's on the appstore and they send you a message when it is available that's all there is unfortunate.

  • ROGER-NL

    As an old Nintendo fan, this makes me happy, you go Nintendo back to the good old days, I hope.

  • Godspoken

    Paid as well as IAP? Hmmmm.

    • ThePawn

      Pay once and that's it

      • Godspoken

        The article says " The game will be paid but will of course contain IAPs and will land before the holidays.". But you might be right, I can't watch the stream unfortunately. That would be nice!

  • ste86uk

    Can't wait to pick this one up, I have a Wii u just because Nintendo are my best gaming memories from childhood. The game looks great even if it is only a runner. December never seemed so far away though : (

  • one.sixty.four

    This is pretty much what I expected from Nintendo mobile (minus the premium aspect) and I think it'll will work out well and satisfy mobile gamers, while not cannibalizing the handheld market, since this isn't a full Mario title with stages and worlds and the like.

  • Wavydoesit

    Man What A Time To Be Alive 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 🤘🏼

  • speedyph

    ❤️❤️❤️💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿

  • Quazonk

    Man, I feel so many different ways about this release. I just don't want to see Mario bastardized and eventually in Clash of Marios or something. But I am happy it's a new way to play Mario that doesn't detract from the best way to play Mario.

    • Shaun James Musgrave

      That train sailed for Mario somewhere between I Am A Teacher: Super Mario Sweater, the Super Mario Pachislot machines, and Mario's Time Machine. I'm sure there's nothing this game can do to Mario's dignity that's worse than where he's already been.

  • Earth Vs. Me

    If you can "complete" the courses, it can't be an "endless" runner, can it?

    • sobriquet

      I just watched the video on the AppStore. This looks a lot more like an autorunner platform game than an endless runner. I can handle that, I don't want an endless runner, yuk.

    • ste86uk

      I don't think so it sounds level based and trying to beat scores and times of others after completion I assume.

  • HelperMonkey

    I'm not as excited about this particular game as I am about what it means for the future.
    First, Nintendo will produce some good games.
    Second, Apple's featuring of this news may mean they're giving more weight to the potential value of gaming.

  • Jeff Lewis

    So no changing directions I guess..

    • John Adney

      There are special blocks on the ground that change what happens when you tap the screen. So when Mario is on one type of block, tapping will change direction. When he's on another type of block, tapping will stop or go. Everywhere else, tapping jumps.

  • crazychimp

    The last Rayman game was an auto runner, yet you could still change direction.

  • G.R.

    This comes out in December. Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing before March 31st.

  • F34R

    I would love a SMB1 with these visuals!!!

  • Dahaka

    Basically it's gonna be like the rayman games but with the nintendo sause over it.

  • boydstr

    I hope this is the start of a later release of a full Super Mario adventure game.

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    Donkey Kong is STILL getting sequels after 97 years!

  • Jakeopp

    iPad?

    • Jakeopp

      I see the youtube video mentions it now, though this article specifically only mentions iPhone...

  • curtisrshideler

    A full unlock IAP means I will support it. Every time.

  • curtisrshideler

    ALSO, welcome to the party, Nintendo. Only about 5-6 years late I'd say. Hope you enjoy the festivities here on mobile!

  • Crunch-N-Crackers

    How about just release the damn thing instead of drumming up all this damn hype