Last year, Nintendo surprised fans with a change in strategy by creating their first game for non-Nintendo platforms. Miitomo, which was released for Android and iOS, started off well but has quickly lost popularity. It did, however, pave the way for Pokemon GO, the massively popular augmented reality game developed by Niantic, which uses Nintendo’s Pokemon characters. And recently, Nintendo brought their best-known original character, and one of the most iconic video game characters of all time, to mobile devices in Super Mario Run.
Now, in a new video, Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, as well as many other original Nintendo characters, highlights the fact that Super Mario Run can easily be played with one hand. The game, which is a side-scrolling runner, does not involve complex two-handed navigation but instead relies on timed jumps to get from one end of a level to another. In the video, Miyamoto demonstrates some of the tasks that players may be able to perform while playing the game, such as eating a hamburger, holding on to a subway handle, absentmindedly shaking someone’s hand, and even working out with dumbbells. While this does make it easy to multitask, as with Pokemon GO, it’s still probably a good idea to be aware of your surroundings while playing the game.
The company also has plans for mobile games based on classic franchises Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem in the pipeline, which were previously expected to be released this year, but have now had their expected release dates pushed back to the beginning of next year, likely to give Nintendo the opportunity to have Super Mario Run completed in time for the launch of the iPhone 7. Super Mario Run, the first mobile game to feature the Mario character, is sure to be a big hit with fans. It was announced at the iPhone 7 launch on September 7, 2016, by Miyamoto himself. Unfortunately, it will be initially released as a time-limited iOS exclusive, so it’s not yet available to play on Android devices at the time of this writing, though it will gain Android support “at some point in the future”. There is no official word as to when Android users can expect to get their hands on the game, but hopefully, it will be sooner rather than later.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 12, 2016