Originally announced in September at the Apple iPhone 7 reveal event as the first title in the long running and best-selling action platforming series from Japanese video game developer Nintendo, Super Mario Run will mark the first time that the iconic Mario character will be featured in his own mobile title. The auto-runner is being produced by Nintendo Representative Director Shigeru Miyamoto, and will be the first installment in the Super Mario property to adapt to the rise of the mobile gaming platform.
With more mobile titles on the way depending on the success of Super Mario Run - most notably including Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem - Nintendo and Miyamoto have their work cut out for them if they hope to bring the original console-based property to a new generation of iPhone and Android smart phone gamers. In the meantime, there's now a Super Mario Run introduction video available for viewing - one that confirms the game's official December launch date.
In the footage featured above, Nintendo teases viewers with another glimpse at all of the innovations to the core concepts and familiar gameplay that made Super Mario Bros. such a hallmark of 20th century gaming in the first place, confirming that Super Mario Run will launch on the iOS store on December 15, 2016. (This will presumably be followed by a release date on the Android store shortly thereafter.) The video also teases viewers with another glimpse of the core auto-runner gameplay, as well as the two exclusive game modes: Kingdom Builder and Toad Rally.
Following the launch of the social networking mobile app Miitomo from earlier this year, Super Mario Run is all set to become the first major mobile platform release from Nintendo - and will undoubtedly serve to please many fans of the franchise who have long wished to play a Super Mario Bros. title on their smart phone. Borrowing elements from such mega hit games as Temple Run developed by Imangi Studios and Sonic Dash developed by Sega, Nintendo is all set to enter the mobile gaming industry in a big way with one of their most iconic properties leading the charge.
Only time will tell how Super Mario Run pans out in the long-term, as a viable alternative to the console-based titles in the same series. With any luck, gamers who love the character and franchise will not want to miss out on any of the action. Here's to hoping for the very best from Nintendo, Miyamoto, and the entire Super Mario Bros. property going into the future.
Super Mario Run will be available through the iOS store starting December 15th, 2016.