Nintendo continues its push in the mobile gaming market with a surprise announcement of a brand new mobile exclusive game at today’s Apple event.
Nintendo announced Super Mario Run, a full-sized Super Mario Bros. action platformer developed specifically for mobile, and will be available first on the App Store this December.
The creator of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto, took a surprise spot on the stage at the Apple event showing off the new game. You can check out some of that gameplay below:
Super Mario Run has a mode in which the player collects coins and heads for the goal, and a mode in which the player competes against the acrobatic moves of other people who have completed the same course. In addition, there is a mode in which you create your own Mushroom Kingdom based upon these play results.
iOS users will be able to download and enjoy a portion of Super Mario Run first for free and will be able to play all of the game content available in this release after paying a set purchase price. More details will be disclosed at a later date. The game has been developed with Mr. Miyamoto as lead creator for Nintendo. Nintendo is also continuing its partnership with DeNA for the launch of Super Mario Run. It will be offered on the App Store this December.
In addition, a free Mario-themed sticker pack for the App Store for iMessage will launch this month. iMessage users can easily access and use these stickers in a variety of ways, bringing a bit of Mushroom Kingdom flavor to their conversations.
Super Mario Run represents the next phase of Nintendo’s expansion to mobile platforms, following the release of Miitomo earlier this year. After the launch of Super Mario Run in December, Nintendo plans to deliver its previously announced mobile device titles in the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem series before the end of March, 2017. Super Mario Run will also be coming to Android devices at a later time.