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Super Mario Run finally launched on Android

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The wait is over! Super Mario Run has been available for download on Android devices since a few hours now, a day ahead of the expected launch date. The lucky iOS users have been able to play the game since December 15, with Android users waiting patiently by the sidelines, anxious to have a go as well. 

Here's a link to Google's Play Store where you can download the game: Get Super Mario Run from Google Play Store

Super Mario Run on Android vs iOS

The Android version of Super Mario Run is identical to the iOS versions. The hit game with the popular plumber is version 2.0.0 - which means more playable characters. And, if you complete a particular Bowser challenge in the free version, you can unlock Worlds 1-4 (even though only three levels are available in the free version).

Like the iOS game, it will be free to download, but you will have to pay if you want to play beyond the first few levels. it costs $9.99 to unlock the whole game.

Why did Super Mario Run take so long to come to Android?

Originally released exclusively for iPhone and iPad, Super Mario Run was immediately a smash hit. Shigeru Miyamoto, the game's creator, explained to Fortune that the reason why the game was taking so long to reach Android users was due to the platform's fragmentation.

Miyamoto said, “One of the reasons we focused on iPhone first was the stability of the platform and being able to get the level of response that we want out of the games. And that’s not to say that Android devices don’t have the same level of responsiveness. But because there are so many Android devices, trying to engineer the game to work across them all requires quite a lot of time.” Android users weren't getting left behind, they just needed to wait a bit longer.

Because there are so many Android devices, trying to engineer the game to work across them all requires quite a lot of time

While you wait for the game to be officially released, I would caution you against the temptation to download any APKs you may find on the internet. They are all viruses and malware for the moment, and you don't want that.

Are you looking forward to the game? Have you tried it on either Android or iOS yet? Let us know what you think.

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Brittany McGhee

Brittany McGhee

Brittany loves to keep up with the latest technology and innovation, so she is excited to have the opportunity to write about the wonderful world of Android. She thinks spreadsheets and numbers are fun, in addition to reading books and volunteering.

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    Dave Sheriff Mar 29, 2017 Link to comment

    pain in the ass to play on a rooted device, not impossible but annoying. still a somewhat fun game

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      Deactivated Account Mar 29, 2017 Link to comment

      how come?

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        Dave Sheriff Mar 29, 2017 Link to comment

        Nintendo doesn't like rooted devices. You can install the game and start to play but it will (and always does) crash and give you an error code. Then you have to clear the apps cache, force stop it and go in through a root browser app and delete a specific file, reboot and redownloas game data just to play again and if you don't have a Nintendo account linked to the game, you lose all progress every time

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    Yahya Mar 24, 2017 Link to comment

    Well, i'm not really waiting for this game to come to Android devices, unless it's free. Lol
    For now I prefer to play Final Fantasy IX for Android, since it was great

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    ljhaye Mar 20, 2017 Link to comment

    Until the Android community gets over it's perceived lack of interest in paying for quality they will continue to be seen as something developers grudgingly consider investing their time in. For example the mess that is android tablet apps vs their iOS counterparts. The contrast in 2017 is ridiculous.

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    • Brittany McGhee 21
      Brittany McGhee Mar 23, 2017 Link to comment

      Maybe Andromeda will change this someday.

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    Alex Roy Jan 20, 2017 Link to comment

    waiting to pay super mario in android and i think it would be free

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  • Nisha Patel 12
    Nisha Patel Jan 20, 2017 Link to comment

    This would be great if the game wasn't a total rip off. $14.99 to unlock new levels... !!

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