The wait for Super Mario Run on Android will finally be over this week, as its release date has been confirmed. The game was announced in September during the release of the iPhone 7 and made available on December 15 but only to iOS users… until now. The game will be released for Android devices on March 23.
Is Super Mario Run performing well?
On March 17, Nintendo posted the first news about the game coming to Android devices in March.
The tweet by the gaming company reads, “Android version of #SuperMarioRun will be available on 3/23 with the Ver.2.0.0 update! Pre-register now.”
On its day on the App Store, over 10 million users downloaded Super Mario Run on iOS. However, just 5% of them paid the $9.99 fee to unlock the complete game. The Wall Street Journal noted that the Japanese company was not making as much money from the game as was expected, and it was not living up to the expectations of investors either.
It is still not clear whether the company will introduce a different payment structure for Android. Currently, iOS users can play only the first three levels of the game for free. The game costs $9.99 in the U.S. and £9.99 in the U.K.
Will the Android version address known issues?
Though Super Mario Run has the word “run” in the title, it is not an an endless runner game like Temple Run. The game is similar to the conventional level-based Mario format, with the player just tapping the screen and jumping over obstacles to clear a level. The game includes a new battle mode as well that can be played against gamers worldwide.
Meanwhile, Android users can pre-register for the game in Google Play, and they will be notified when the game is released.