‘Super Mario ‘Run’ review: A great game, with a pricey paywall

Takuya Nishya shows Nintendo’s Super Mario Run” game on his smartphone by the request of a photographer in Tokyo, Japan, December 20, 2016. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Nintendo has joined the mobile gaming market with their new story-driven game “Super Mario.” In this new adventure, the Mushroom Kingdom is under siege and Princess Peach is kidnapped. It is your task to travel through the kingdom from castle to castle and find her. “Mario Run” comes complete with custom features and a leaderboard for competitive play. The game feels like a classic Mario adventure, until you are at the level of four–when a $10 expense takes you by surprise.

During the play through, “Mario Run,” it is easy to enjoy the quality of the game. The images are crisp and clean in the six worlds that are available in the initial release. Each world has four levels with a similar to the previous Mario titles; they are built so that they never feel tedious. After the completion of the levels are available for a competitive play against your friends and other players on the leaderboards.


“Mario Run” is a good example of always-flowing gameplay. Mario will constantly, and the player must jump to collect coins and to complete the course. The game runs smoothly and is very easy to pick up for a Mario fan. The gameplay, beautiful graphics, and the integration of the classic Mario themes makes it a great title that is a step in the right direction for the future of mobile gaming.

However, there is a trap that attacks the major aspects of the game. After completing the third course of the first world, the game hits you with a serious paywall. “Mario Run” can a quality game, but $10 is a lot of money for a mobile app. But even with a gigantic paywall, this game shows the world of the potential of the mobile gaming market.

Verdict: 7/10


“Mario Run” brings the Mushroom Kingdom to your mobile device. It is a fun and beautiful adventure with a lot of customization options, including the ability to change your runner up to one of your favorite Mario characters. The paywall may deter some users, but should not affect your decision to pick up the app— you will enjoy every part of it.

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