Considering a Nintendo representative said just the other day that their hit Super Mario Run (Free) wouldn’t be getting any added features or updates, it’s odd that we’re seeing our second addition to the game in less than a week. But hey, updates are awesome, so no point in complaining. A couple of days ago, we got a few new cosmetic items to decorate our personal Mushroom Kingdoms with, but today, we’re getting a whole new mode of play. Dubbed Friendly Run, it allows you to compete with your friends without paying any Rally Tickets.
First of all, you need to have some friends added in the game. You can play Friendly Run with the trial version, but you’ll only get to do one per day. For those with the full version, clearing World 1 allows you to play up to three times daily, while those who have cleared World 2 and beyond get five Friendly Runs per day. Anyway, just choose the friend you want to challenge from your Friend List, tap on Run, and you’ll be on your way. Note that this mode is basically just practice. Although it plays like a Toad Rally, you won’t earn any coins, gain any Toads, or level up any enemies. As mentioned, this mode doesn’t use up any Rally Tickets.
Competing with others is one of the aspects of the game that is meant to keep players coming back after they’ve collected all the coins in the World Tour mode, so it’s nice to see more options for doing that. Using the Friend List in this way is also a good reason for players to add more friends, which should help the game sustain itself a little better over the long haul. We’ll see if any other extra content comes to Super Mario Run or if this is really it, but my bet is that I’ll be writing about another addition to the game before too long. Now get out there and enjoy some Friendly Runs!