Do you enjoy playing Super Mario Run and Pokémon Go?
At the launch event Nintendo only said that Mario Run is “coming soon” to iOS, and it’s been confirmed that it will launch by the ‘holiday’ period – which we understand to mean Christmas? – at the latest. Mario Run is coming to iOS first, but will be a platform exclusive only initially, with an Android launch on the cards some time afterwards. (Nintendo told Kotaku: “We do intend to release the game on Android devices at some point in the future.”)
We’ll update this article as soon as we hear more about Mario Run’s release schedule. But if you head over to Super Mario Run’s entry on the App Store, you can cut out the middleman (boo!) and sign up to be notified when it’s ready for launch.
Super Mario Run price: Price
Mario Run will be free as an initial download. But don’t worry! We’re fairly sure it’s not ‘pay to win’ or crammed or with adverts or any of the other things you get in the shabbier free games. Instead, that initial download will give you access to only a limited portion of the game, and you will have to pay to unlock the rest of the game – a one-off, set-price payment too, so there’s none of the usual chipping away with a paid-for continue here and a paid-for power-up there.
Nintendo hasn’t yet announced how much this one-off in-app purchase will cost but, as before, we’ll update this article with the information as soon as we have it.
Super Mario Run price: Which iPhones and iPads can run Super Mario Run?
Super Mario Run, according to its (pre-release) entry on the App Store, requires iOS 8.0 or later, and can be run on the iPhone 5s or later, the iPad Air or later, the iPad mini 3 or later, any of the iPad Pro models, or the sixth-gen iPod touch.
Super Mario Run price: Gameplay
Mario Run is an entirely new Mario game and adapts the accustomed platform style of gameplay to suit the mobile touchscreen experience. It doesn’t seem to have been cut down too drastically, fortunately.
Essentially a two-button game has been turned into a one-button game by making Mario run automatically from left to right: you just control the timing and power of his jumps.
How to download and play other Nintendo games on iPhone
Gamers desperate to play Nintendo games like Pokémon and Mario on the iPhone were excited to find out what the first official Nintendo mobile game would be after the Japanese video games giant stated its intention to develop apps for iOS and Android earlier this year, but we now know that it’s called Miitomo and looks utterly disappointing. Find out when you can expect to get other Nintendo games on your iPhone by reading on.
What Nintendo games are coming to iPhone?
As of 29 October, we now know what the first of Nintendo’s official mobile games is, but it’s not the Mario, Zelda or Pokemon we’d been hoping for. Instead, Nintendo has created a game called Miitomo, which is a sort of avatar-based life simulator game that, in all honesty, doesn’t look very exciting. Details are limited right now so we’ll have to hold of judgement until it arrives in March next year, but it’s going to be free-to-play with in-app purchases that presumably allow you to buy new clothes and accessories for your Miis.
But don’t lose hope, Nintendo fans. There are still four games to come before April 2017, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the next one to be unveiled will be more exciting.
Nintendo isn’t going to be making iOS games itself – instead the games will be made by a Nintendo partner company called DeNA. While fans may feel a bit dispirited that Nintendo itself isn’t doing the game development, this makes sense, as Japanese games company DeNA is experienced with iOS development. It’s already made Marvel Mighty Heroes, Godus, Transformers Legends, Star Wars: Galactic Defense and more.
It does, however, suggest that the Nintendo games for iOS will be original games, rather than recreations of Nintendo classics.
DeNA has confirmed that there will be a total of five titles by April 2017 as part of the partnership, but we still don’t know what the other four games will be. We’ll update this article when we find out more.
How much will Nintendo games cost on iOS?
No information has been provided regarding pricing, but DeNA tends to follow the freemium model (where games are free to download and play, but they display ads or you can pay for extra features).
In this interview with Time, then Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, who sadly died on 11 July, said: “I understand that, unlike the package model for dedicated game systems, the free-to-start type of business model is more widely adopted for games on smart devices, and the free-to-start model will naturally be an option for us to consider. On the other hand, Nintendo does not intend to choose payment methods that may hurt Nintendo’s brand image or our IP, which parents feel comfortable letting their children play with.”
When is Pokémon Go coming out for iPhone?
Pokémon Go is a newly announced mobile game for iPhone and Android that’s being developed by The Pokémon Company and augmented reality game creator Niantic. Nintendo does play a part in the game, too, as it is in charge of producing the companion Pokémon GO Plus wristband.
Pokémon Go, which is coming out next year but doesn’t have an exact release date just yet, will be free to download with in-app purchases.
Essentially, Pokémon GO is designed to bring the much-loved game to life. The aim is to locate, catch, battle and trade Pokémon that you’ll find while you’re out and about in the real world. They’ll be found in parks, shopping centres and many other locations around the world.
You can find out more about Pokemon Go here.
The Pokémon Company has already made Pokémon Shuffle (although it’s closer to Bejewelled and Candy Crush than Pokémon so doesn’t quite fill the gap), and it was responsible for the Pokédex for iOS that came out in 2013.
How to play Pokémon and other Nintendo games on an iPhone: The jailbreak option
If you don’t want to wait for DeNA to release games, or you really want to play Nintendo games on your iPhone, you can look into emulation (where you install software that enables you to play ROMs). Please note though, that these methods are far from morally correct as they breach copyright and are often considered to be illegal, so it’s something you’ll need to consider before you go ahead.
Additionally, jailbreaking your device is not a decision to take lightly. You can find out more about the risks of jailbreaking here.
Emulation software includes nds4ios, available through the Cydia app, although there’s a strong chance it’ll soon be removed like the GBA4iOS app was after Nintendo issued the developers with a copyright notice.
You can find out more about GBA4iOS and how it could be used to play Nintendo games on iOS on the second page of this article. Some of the methods used will be the same for nds4ios.