Rip-off Super Mario Run games appear on Google Play

Courage - Nintendo has risked the wrath of Mario-loving Android users with its iOS exclusivity

Courage - Nintendo has risked the wrath of Mario-loving Android users with its iOS exclusivity


It's taken Nintendo a good while to bring an official Mario title to mobile devices and finally, Super Mario Run launched yesterday for iOS. It's not available for Android users just yet but in apparent attempt to capitalize in on the hype, a number of knock-off versions have popped up on Google Play. This follows a Nintendo-themed title that sneaked into the App Store prior to Super Mario Run's launch, and since there's no legit alternative for Droidsters, fake versions will probably thrive.

Just like Flappy Bird and so many other popular titles before it, Super Mario Run presents a chance for opportunistic devs to rack up the downloads. From Mario Run Jumper to Super Plumber Run, the Play Store has a broadening selection of not-so-Super Mario games for your to try. 

It's likely that Super Mario Run will make its way to Android some time next year, but Nintendo has been pretty vague about the whole thing. Short of grabbing an iOS device just to play Super Mario Run, the bootleg versions are probably as close as Android owners will get to the real thing for now. 

source: c|net

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18 Comments

1. xperian

Posts: 416; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Nothing unexpected

2. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

so many super Mario run stories... anything else worth while? it's just a game (a stupid game).

4. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

Yeah its a stupid game until it is available on playstore

9. Nopers unregistered

Sour grapes.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because you assume he doesn't have an iOS based device? I have an ipad pro. It's a stupid game that is overpriced for a game that you can get to the end of in 2 days. I mean really? I love Mario games and always have. Some of them are pretty stupid. This one is kinda cool, but mostly stupid. I downloaded it for the kid, and we were having a contest to see who would get the farthest the fastest. I got bored after just 10 mins of playing. Its ok, its just doesn't grab my attention. I have all the video game emulators from the past. So we both get to play marion quite often. My kid is only 7, and he prefers the original Super Mario bros series from the NES and Super Mario World on GameBoy and N64, more than this. He's always stopped playing the IOs version and is back to Super Mario World N64.

17. Rydsmith unregistered

I truly feel sorry for that kidding having you as a father.

18. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Damn......

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Has nothign to do with Android. You're just clueless!

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What would be great though is, it would actually eb better on my galaxy vs iOS because the dev would have the power and hardware specs to make the game better. And since my Galaxy has a QHD display, it would actially look better on my galaxy than it does on my iPad pro. Considering that my galaxy has almost a higher resolution vs the ipad. Hmmmm!

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hopefully they are better. You really don't do much in Mario run. It runs for you jumps over obstacles and critters. You just jump. Might as well be flappy bird

6. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

You don't do much in Super Mario Bros either, but it's still an extremely fun game (for those that played it back in the day)

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6737; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Are you trying to show the world how stupid you really are? The original Super Mario Bros is like night and day in comparison to this new Mario run game. What helped to make the original Mario Bros so much fun was also the game mechanics. This new Mario Run has simple jump. Oh, so much fun. Let me add that to the thousands of other run type games, that already on the market. If I was Nintendo, I would not have allowed my brand name to placed on this piece of crap called Mario Run.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Its better on the original platform. At least you arent forced to move forward on every single board and on many versions you can go all the way back to the beginning. The whole downside to "run" games is being forced to do one the same moves over and over before either the board catches up with you, or you die. It just has no substance. And this is coming from a person who loves Temple Run/II or similar games. I think something like an updated Mario Kart would have been better. I think Nintendo was just testing the waters. Once they bring games lie Zelda it will be awesome. Even if N just ported the whole Zelda Series to iOS, I would buy it.

5. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

That always happens when developers choose to release a game for iOS and not Android. Knockoffs show up and if the developer chooses to release the game later on for Android they won't be able to make any money.

8. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

That is true. but Google play is know for much more pirating ( however things have vastly improved with google clamping down ) and less monerization ( that has also begun to change with Google also becoming more serious in helping developers get the benefit of their labor) then the Apple app store. Either way the point will come when apps and games will be released for both stores at the same time and when they will first be released for the play store as Android grabs more of the mobile shares landscape

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Doesn't it go both ways? Or are you blind to facts like the other fanboy sheep?

7. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

no doubt that Apple paid Nintendo, "mucho bucks", for this timed exclusive but this happens all the time in the industry we saw it with the Xbox 360 and play station 4 and we will see it with the new Playstation4 , Xbox1 and Switch coming up this year no doubt, this will become a normal practice for mobile gaming as well.

10. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Why would people download this when there are some awesome 3D games exclusive on android. Such as mac air combat. You can even do online multiplayer

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