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Super Mario Run is Now Available for Android

We were supposed to wait until tomorrow, but it looks like Nintendo has released Super Mario Run for Android a bit early. We got notified that it was available on one of our devices and went ahead and installed it.

The game is simple. It’s controlled with one hand and single and double taps on your screen to jump (one tap = jump, two taps = double jump), collect coins, and avoid obstacles. There’s various levels to complete alongside three different modes: World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom, with each providing a different style of gameplay (World Tour gives players a classic Mario experience, Toad Rally grants users multiplayer access, and Kingdom allows players to create their very own playable course). You’ll always need an internet connection to play the game, while the app itself is free to download and limitedly play. For a one-time fee of $9.99, all levels and modes can then be unlocked.

Here’s Nintendo’s official description of Super Mario Run.

A new kind of Mario game that you can play with one hand.

You control Mario by tapping as he constantly runs forward. You time your taps to pull off stylish jumps, midair spins, and wall jumps to gather coins and reach the goal!

Super Mario Run can be downloaded for free and after you purchase the game, you will be able to play all the modes with no additional payment required. You can try out all three modes before purchase: World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder.

■World Tour
Run and jump with style to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s clutches!
Travel through plains, caverns, ghost houses, airships, castles, and more…

To reach Bowser’s Castle, clear the 24 courses located across 6 worlds. There are many ways to enjoy the courses, such as collecting the 3 different types of colored coins or by competing for the highest score against your friends. You can try courses 1-1 to 1-4 for free.

■Toad Rally
Show off Mario’s stylish moves, compete against your friends, and challenge people from all over the world.

A challenge mode where the competition differs each time you play.
Compete against the stylish moves of other players for the highest score as you gather coins and get cheered on by a crowd of Toads. Fill the gauge with stylish moves to enter Coin Rush Mode to get more coins. If you win the rally, the cheering Toads will come live in your kingdom, and your kingdom will grow.

■Kingdom Builder
Gather coins and Toads to build your very own kingdom.

Combine different buildings and decorations to create your own unique kingdom. There are over 100 kinds of items in the Kingdom Builder mode. If you get more Toads in Toad Rally, the number of buildings and decorations available will increase. With the help of the friendly Toads you can gradually build up your kingdom.

■What You Can Do After Purchasing All Worlds

・ All courses in World Tour are playable
You can play all 24 courses over all 6 worlds. Why not try out the bigger challenges and thrills available in all courses?

・ More playable characters
If you complete course 6-4 to rescue Peach, and build homes for Luigi, Yoshi, and Toadette in Kingdom Builder, you can get them to join your adventures as playable characters. They play differently to Mario, so why not put their special characteristics to good use in World Tour and Toad Rally?

・ More courses in Toad Rally
The types of courses available in Toad Rally will increase to seven different types of courses, expanding the fun! In the new additions, Purple and Yellow Toads may also come to cheer for you.

・ More buildings and decorations in Kingdom Builder
The types of building available will increase, so you’ll be able to make your kingdom even more lively. You can also place Rainbow Bridges to expand your kingdom.

*Internet connectivity required to play. Data charges may apply.

We’ve already started playing the game and took a few screenshots for you to gander at below. There’s a really strong Nintendo vibe coming off of this game with the company’s color schemes and sound packs throughout, so don’t think you’re getting material design in this case.

Super Mario Run is available to download from the Play Store for free. It’ll cost $9.99 to unlock the entire game.

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Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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