Close To Perfection! – Super Mario Run Review

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It’s on rare occasion you can find Nintendo’s mascot on any platform other than a Nintendo console. Sure, there was a barrage of Mario-themed education games for PC and Hotel Mario for Philips CD-i, but nothing close to the platforming goodness Mario games are famous for. Finally, Nintendo has reduced their exclusivity and developed a mobile Mario game that looks and feels like it belongs on one of their consoles.


Super Mario Run
Super Mario Run
Price: Free+
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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WOO:super-mario-run-toad-rush-mode

    • Main Campaign includes 24 levels across 6 worlds.
    • Auto-run mechanic works great with touch-screen devices and doesn’t feel like a compromise from the typical side-scrolling action. (Simple, yet effective)
    • All the traditional enemies, music and elements we grew up loving.
    • Classic Super Mario Bros 3 themed levels including: Mushroom Plains, Boo’s Haunted Houses, Bowser Airships, Sky-High Platforming and more!
    • FIVE unlockable, playable characters! Each have their own unique playing styles.(Toad, Toadette, Princess Peach, Luigi and Yoshi)

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    • Build and customize your own Kingdom via Kingdom Builder Mode.
    • Compete with strangers and friends with Toad Rush Mode to gain currency for the Kingdom Builder mode.
    • Each Level has 5 Pink coins, which turn to 5 Purple Coins if collected in a single run. If you collect the 5 Purple Coins, they turn to 5 Black Coins. Each color of coin is placed in a progressively harder section of the level. (Adds some replay value and challenge)

YUCK:

    • CAN’T PLAY WITHOUT INTERNET CONNECTION.super-mario-run-internet-error
    (If you’re on a airplane you’re SOL.)
    • Toad Rush Mode isn’t real-time multiplayer.
    (Still a mandatory internet connection!)
    • Missing Fire-flower and other power-ups!
    (Only super-mushrooms and star-power)
    • Only two different types of Boss Battles, which repeat themselves. (Besides the last boss battle there’s either: Jump over Bowser or Stomp on Boom Boom three times)

ME PERSONALLY:super-mario-run-sky-level-ios-1
When I first heard Super Mario Run was going to be an “auto-runner”, I thought it was going to be a compromised and/or watered-down mobile version of Mario, which would just make me wish I was playing Super Mario Bros 3. Instead, I found myself LOVING the auto-run mechanic, which feels fluid and provides sufficient challenge when matched with the various level-designs. Sure, the controls are reduced to just single finger-taps, but the timing and various degrees of finger-taps have you making life or death split-decisions. My favorite element of the auto-running is the parkour-style programming, which has Mario doing flips off of edges, vaulting over Goombas and bouncing from wall-to-wall like Ninja Gaiden. This mixed with all your favorite Mario characters, enemies, levels and music make this a solid 2D-platforming Mario game.


My only major gripe with this game is that you can’t play this game offline, which seems to be a trend with current mobile-games.
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VERDICT:
Super Mario Run is a fun and addicting game, which introduces Mario to the mobile-market without taking any of his integrity. Besides a couple of annoyances, I think this is a game worthy of your toilet-time. Try the FREE version of the game (Here), which includes World-1 and you may find yourself forking-over the $9.99 for the rest of the game. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


How-to Unlock Hidden Characters:

Toad:super-mario-run-princess-peach
Connect game to your My Nintendo Account to unlock.
Toadette:
Collect 200 of every Toad color and buy Toadette’s House.
(Costs 1000 coins)
Princess Peach:
Beat all 24 levels in World Tour Mode and defeat final boss: Bowser.
Luigi:
Collect 150 Green Toads and 150 Purple Toads and buy Luigi’s House. (Costs 1000 coins)
Yoshi:
Collect 30 Red Toads and 30 Yellow Toads and buy Yoshi’s House. (Costs 1000 coins)


Super Mario Run
Super Mario Run
Price: Free+
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Summary

- Full-game costs $9.99, includes 24-levels across 6 worlds.
- Play as Mario, Toad, Toadette, Princess Peach, Luigi and Yoshi!
- Build your own Mushroom Kingdom.
- Race other players via Toad Rush Mode.
- CAN'T PLAY WITHOUT INTERNET CONNECTION.

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