While iOS owners all over the world have been playing Super Mario Run since December last year, Android fans have been waiting in anticipation for Nintendo to release a version for them. Well, the release is upon us as Super Mario Run will be hitting Android this Thursday, 23 March 2017.
Along with the Android release, Nintendo will also release Super Mario Run 2.0, which will feature new ways to play the game, as well as new characters, and most importantly an ability to unlock worlds 1-4 without paying for the app. 2.0 will be the first release for Android, while iOS owners will just have to update their games to benefit from the new features. In the screenshot we took of the patch notes that appeared in the game, you can see all the planned features.
It is not clear yet which new characters will be landing on the game when the update releases, but we has some suspicions that Wario, Waluigi, and perhaps even Nabbit might make an appearance. We already know that each character has unique skills in the game like Princess Peach can float for a while after a jump, and Luigi can double jump.
The most interesting announcement, however, is the new Bowser Challenges that will be added to the game. From what we gather, these challenges will let players grind in-game to unlock Worlds 1-4 in the free version of the game. Right now in Mario Run 1.0, you can only play up to the end of World 1 before being asked to purchase the game at a premium of R149, which unlocks the rest of the worlds.
These Bowser Challenges will let you get more game time in and perhaps advance past the end of World 1 without paying a cent. It could be a sign that the game might move to a full free-to-play version soon, but we will have to see what happens.
Super Mario Run is out now on iOS, with the game releasing on Android alongside 2.0 on 23 March 2017. Are you are Super Mario Run player? Let us know in the comments below.
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