Super Mario Run: yay or nay?

Super Mario Run: yay or nay?
So, last week, Super Mario Run was finally released on iOS. Whether because it's a Nintendo game featuring one of gaming's most iconic characters, or because Apple helped in making a lot of noise around the game long before its actual release, Mario Run was poised to become an overnight hit. And while there's no evidence for it being a blockbuster right now, it's safe to say that the game has been downloaded on quite a lot of devices.

The title is not without its drawbacks. It's an auto-runner, taking some control away from the gamer, and detracting from the platformer experience of the old games. And it's a bit pricey — Nintendo hopes that the nostalgia value could get gamers to pay $10 for this game.

But Super Mario Run has its good sides too. It looks, feels, and sounds like a Mario game, and the game's levels and mechanics have been carefully fine-tuned around the fact that it's an auto-runner. If anything, it feels like we are speed-running each level and we need to time our jumps perfectly in order to get the most points. There's also the side mission of hunting for special-colored, hidden coins, which is sure to entice old-school purists to replay the levels over and over.

Anyway, iOS users have already had the chance to play and evaluate the game — the first 3 levels are available for free, then it's a one-time $10 fee to keep playing. The Android faithful will have to wait for an undisclosed amount of time, reportedly because of Nintendo's piracy concerns. No matter which camp you are in, what do you think of Super Mario Run?

Do you like Super Mario Run?

Tried it, didn't like it
21.21%
Tried it, loved it, bought it
9.6%
I like it, but no way I am spending $10 on it
29.49%
I don't have an iOS device, would love to try the game
21.83%
I don't have an iOS device, I don't care for the game
17.88%

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8 Comments

1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The game is terrible. It keeps with the traditional Mario games we all grew up on, which is a plus. But it's not worth 9.99. It's maybe worth 1/2 that much at the most. Then forcing where you must be conencted to even play the game? If someone wants to patch the game to prevent that, it won't be hard to do. At last count, it was estimated that roughly on 1M people have jailbroken iOS devices. So that means theft would be low. The game isn't even worth playing, no less pirating. People are going to pirate no matter what. I hate I wasted $10 because I like Mario and do does my kid. after playing the first 3 boards, I let him buy it. He has not stop playing after the very first castle and has gone back to SWA, which was a total original Mario rip off which he loves. I think Apple as per usual over-hyped the game and so did Nintendo, and it's not living up to the hype. Much like all of Apple's products in general.

4. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

Shut up techie

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7223; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Techie certainly doesn't know what he is talking about when he said it keeps in tradition of the Mario games. Wtf are you talking about. How does a run game keep in tradition of the original Mario Bros?

7. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

This has nothing to do with Apple products, TechieXP. Sounds like what you really meant was "I knew it was a terrible game because I tried it before I bought it, and now I wish I didn't spend a whopping $10 on a game".

2. libra89

Posts: 2272; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's cool but for $10 is just hilarious. I can't and I won't.

3. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Tried it, it was good, but not worth 10 Euro. Probably will buy if it gets discounted

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I will just drag out the DS and finish New Super Mario that is if I can find it.

8. whatev

Posts: 2205; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The game is nice and it keeps graphics and sound of the New súper Mario bross games on latest Nintendo consoles which is cool, but no way this game is worth 10$, it's too short, it can be finished like in one hour, like 10$ for this? Seriously Nintendo? It'd have preferred a freemium with more levels than this, I can live with games with IAP cause honestly I never buy anything, if i have to wait more to progress on the game then I have time to do it, I'm not spending money on iap but I prefer that than paying for a game that is si short lived

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