Super Mario Run update for iPhone brings easy mode, Korean language support

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By Mike Wuerthele

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 05:23 am PT (08:23 am ET)

A new update to “Super Mario Run” eliminates all the stress of the game, with a new “easy mode” removing the timer allowing players to explore the level at their leisure.


Tuesday’s update to the game gives gamers unlimited time, in addition to infinite bubbles to complete a level, eliminating the concern about failing the level. The update also adds support for the Korean language, alters Toad Rally, reducing penalties for poor performance, and making the Toads easier to collect.

Initially announced onstage during Apple’s iPhone 7 event by none other than legendary game maker Shigeru Miyamoto, “Super Mario Run” is very much a casual title, mixing traditional side-scrolling action with endless runner-style mechanics.

“Super Mario Run” features three main game modes: World Tour, in which gamers run through six worlds and 24 courses to rescue Princess Peach from the clutches of Mario’s notorious nemesis Bowser; Toad Rally, a multiplayer mode that pits users against friends and other players in a race to gather coins; and Kingdom Builder, which lets users customize a virtual environment with buildings and decorations purchased using collected coins and toads acquired through Toad Rally.

As touted by Nintendo’s marketing, the game only requires only one hand to play —Mario runs through the world as users tap on the screen, making him jump to avoid obstacles, strike objects, clear gaps and perform other maneuvers. Level scores, coins and world progress are collected and tallied, much like Mario’s many console installments.

“Pricing was designed to reassure parents that they would be charged just once, not multiple times,” said Nintendo about the pricing model for “Super Mario Run.” “We hope to maximize the number of people who interact with our characters on mobile, to bridge them to console gaming and to create synergies.”

Nintendo claims to have no plans to expand the game at this time. The title will be available on Android in March.

“Super Mario Run” is free to download from the App Store, though unlocking the full game requires a $9.99 purchase. The title is a 204-megabyte download.

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