While we all ponder what the next Mario game might look like on consoles next year, Nintendo is ready to bring mobile gamers a dose of their favorite plumber before the book closes on 2016. Specifically, Nintendo announced that Super Mario Run will launch on December 15. The game will see a global release in more than 150 countries, playable on any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 8.0 or later.
As revealed earlier this year, Super Mario Run will utilize an interesting monetization scheme that is something of a hedge between free-to-play and premium pricing as we commonly know them. The game will be free to download so that people can “try elements of the game’s three modes,” but it will take $9.99 to unlock unlimited use of all three modes. Whether that will fly with the masses is anyone’s guess. It’s expensive for a mobile game, for sure, but still makes it the cheapest Mario title of all time, at least in a manner of speaking.
A small bit of Super Mario Run gameplay was shown off to the world by none other than Shigeru Miyamoto during the Apple press event back in September. What was shown there was an endless runner/platformer aesthetic combined with one-touch gameplay and classic Mario trappings. There’s also a battle mode for people to go head-to-head with other gamers.
Nintendo also unveiled a new trailer with a longer look at the game in concert with the release date announcement:
Naturally, we’ll be all over Super Mario Run when it releases. In the meantime, if anyone wants to buy me or your favorite Gamezebo writer of choice a Christmas present, a $10 iTunes gift card seems like a very apt choice.