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Super Mario Run Proves There’s No Place Like iPhone

Nintendo characters make legal appearances outside their native hardware roughly once a blue moon, but ladies and gentlemen, the moon’s tinged with a sapphire hue today. Apple just announced a partnership with Nintendo that will bring the No-Bummer Plumber himself to the iPhone this holiday season with Super Mario Run. Hold on to your mustaches, folks–it’s about to get real.

Finally a game based on a Nintendo IP that won’t be in danger of getting shut down in a day or two. Super Mario Run, just announced by Shigeru Miyamoto himself at Apple’s San Francisco gala, puts you in control of Bowser’s biggest nightmare as he navigates the Mushroom Kingdom with a little help from his friends. If holding down Right + B to run causes you some difficulty, Nintendo’s got you covered. Mario runs on his own, leaving you to focus on the jumping. Tap the screen to execute a short hop, press and hold to have Mario catch some serious air. Just don’t get trapped behind any obstacles, run into enemies, or fall off a cliff. Running out of time is also a bad idea, so don’t do that either. If it all gets to be too much for you, Nintendo’s including a handy pause button in the upper-left corner. By all means, take a break–it’s only the Mushroom Kingdom at stake…

Super Mario Run screenshot 01

Hello mushrooms, my old friends…

Multiplayer enthusiasts can enjoy Super Mario Run in Battle Mode, where you engage your friends head-to-head and compete against other Mari-olympians from across the planet. Collecting coins this time around does more than add points to your score as well–gamers use them to expand, customize, and build their own Mushroom Kingdom to show off their skill and talent. Money talks, as the saying goes, and BS walks. There’s no walking in Super Mario Run, so head on over to the game’s official page on the iPhone App Store for a sneak peek at the present Nintendo’s leaving in your back pocket this holiday season!

Michael Crisman

In 1979, Michael Crisman was mauled by a radioactive Gorgar pinball machine. After the wounds healed, doctors discovered his DNA had been re-coded. No longer fully human, Michael requires regular infusions of video games in order to continue living among you. If you see him, he can see you. Make no sudden moves, but instead bribe him with old issues of computer and video game magazines or a mint-in-box copy of Dragon Warrior IV. If he made you laugh, drop a tip in his jar at (If he didn't make you laugh, donate to cure his compulsion to bang keyboards by sending an absurdly huge amount of money to his tip jar instead. That'll show him!)

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