Back in January, we learnt that the Android iteration of Super Mario Run [Free] would finally launch after just over three months of iOS exclusivity this March. However, Spring is now upon us, and there has been no sight of any version of Mario's mobile debut on the Google Play store as of yet. However, this weekend we finally got a final date for the game's release, as Super Mario Run is set to drop on Android this Thursday on March 23rd. Furthermore, this date would also mark the release of the 2.0 update for the iOS version of Nintendo's runaway success, with new playable characters to unlock, and World 1-4 playable in the free portion of the demo.

While few specific details on what this update entails have been released thus far, Nintendo have given a preview of some of the unlockable characters on the Japanese Twitter account. Four colored Yoshis will be playable, with each color (yellow, red, purple and blue) making the Toad of the same color appear more frequently as a result. While this isn't as satisfying as a brand new character, it will definitely make collecting the Toads required to unlock cast members such as Toadette somewhat less infuriating. Hopefully some other famous and beloved Mario series stars such as Rosalina eventually make an appearance, rather than more reskins (looking at you, Pink Gold Peach). Head down to our forum thread for more details regarding the 2.0 update, and keep an eye on the Google Play store on March 23rd for a chance to play Super Mario Run on your Android device.

[via Polygon]

  • YankeeBlue000

    What ever happened to Luigi?

    • Heinz da Baron Krauss von Espy

      "SHE" called herself "Luisa" these days, has a reality tv show, and apparently very famous among the lgbtq community.

      • YankeeBlue000


  • Mrbestapps

    Let's hope for new levels/difficulties for the more experienced players! New characters isn't really what the game needs, regardless it's still pretty sweet.

  • Carl James

    If they added the 8-bit theme from Mario Maker they could then add the amiibo sprites as extra playable characters, either through a Gatcha mechanic of just sell them for 50c a pop.

  • Rohit Bhatia

    Runaway Success!!! boo....i dont think 3 out of 5 stars is a success.

    • boydstr

      40 million downloads...and still counting you
      can call that a success but it isn't my kind of game I rather like to see a Mario 3D game.

  • YankeeBlue000

    I rather have Luigi or Wario or Princess Peach & new levels

    • Cory

      Luigi is avaliable... he the only one i play

      • YankeeBlue000

        Oh ok thanks

  • drunk_vader

    How about lowering the price, Nintendo? I don't know, $4.99 sounds reasonable.

    • WhoaManWtF

      I bought the switch so I am more than willing to support Nintendo but yeah 10 dollars for a mobile runner game is a little extreme I didn't buy this after playing the demo.

    • Atlas

      Yeah, it's soooooo much better going the freemium route where you spend $1000 for in-game microtransations!!

  • Heinz da Baron Krauss von Espy

    people just love mediocrity. keep it alive, nintendo!

  • ZeeMonkeyMan

    The one thing that really annoys me is how it doesn't work with family sharing! Pretty much every other game does (Except for Horizon Chase grr) I really wanted to play it on the iPad Pro but no way in hell am I buying it again for that price!

    • Atlas

      Yeah, it's soooooo much better going the freemium route where you spend $1000 for in-game microtransations!!!