Instead of opening the highly anticipated iPhone 7-presenting September 7 keynote with, you know, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple CEO Tim Cook just dropped an absolute bombshell on mobile gamers.
While the App Store already includes more than 500,000 games, “there’s been something, or rather someone, missing.” Mario. Yes, that Mario! Nintendo’s Mario. Shigeru Miyamoto’s Mario.
Super Mario Run was unveiled in San Francisco by Miyamoto himself, who confirmed the Holy Grail of smartphone games will be an iOS-exclusive title at first (ouch for Google), letting you play with just one hand, as you tap on your handheld’s screen to make the title character jump, and pick an opponent from your friends or simply random people around the world to battle with.
The new battle mode is called Toad Rally, and the victor is determined by who scores the most coins. It doesn’t sound like there will be any in-app purchases (just an educated guess), with the initial price (no, this isn’t a free-to-play game either) the only thing you need to worry about. More details, including a release date, coming… sometime soon, hopefully.