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Super Mario Run Release Date Set For Dec. 15 On iOS And It's Free, But Not Really [Video]

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Nintendo's highly anticipated Super Mario Run is officially ready to make its debut on iOS on Dec. 15, launching in 151 markets.

Super Mario Run will be free to start, available as a free download from the App Store and include some limited content, but unlocking the full experience will set you back $9.99 (£7.99 and AU$14.99).

Each of the three game modes will allow players to try out features and elements, but unlocking the full, unlimited game experience for all three modes will require that one-time purchase.

Mario Finally Goes Mobile

"The wait is almost over for a Super Mario game that can be played on mobile devices," says Doug Bowser, SVP of Sales and Marketing at Nintendo of America. "Developed under the direction of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Super Mario Run brings a new take on the series' beloved action-platforming gameplay to iPhone and iPad for the first time."

Nintendo further touts that Super Mario Run is the first-ever mobile game to start the "most iconic video game hero of all time."

Nintendo announced Super Mario Run at Apple's iPhone 7 launch event back in September and the hype has been going strong. With just a month to go until its official iOS release, here's what the game will bring to the table.

Super Mario Run Gameplay

In Super Mario Run, Mario will have to do a lot of running (shocker) and jumping and the player has to control his jumps as Mario automatically moves toward the end of the stage. Players can make Mario jump with a tap, or take a long leap by pressing the screen. Timing will be the key to trumping enemies and pull off masterful moves.

A mode called "Kingdom Builder" will let players design their own Mushroom Kingdom by adding a range of Super Mario building and objects. A second mode called "Toad," meanwhile, will be a neat two-player allowing players to compete on a time run to collect as many coins as they can.

Moreover, Nintendo tied the two modes together and the coins that players win in Toad Ralley can be used to purchase items in Kingdom Builder. At the same time, Toads watching the races may come live in the kingdom afterward.

The third mode is called "World Tour," where Mario has to run and jump his way to save Princess Peach from Bowser.

Super Mario Run iOS Release, Support And Compatibility Requirements

Starting on Dec. 15, Super Mario Run is launching in 151 countries and regions and will play nice with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS 8.0 or newer. As for languages, the game will support English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch and traditional Chinese.

Super Mario Run should eventually launch on Android as well, but no information is currently available regarding a release date. With the iOS launch on Dec. 15, Android could get the game sometime in early 2017.

For more details on Super Mario Run, head over to the official website or check out the video below.

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