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Here’s the real reason why Super Mario Run is not on Android

Super Mario Run has launched for iPhones and iPads, but no such luck for Androids. Here’s the reason why Android users are still in queue for the game.

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After Super Mario Run was officially rolled out for iOS users, the flare of nostalgia got Apple users glued to their devices. However, Android users have just been staring enviously at iOS users, since Nintendo is not even talking about when or how soon would Android users get their hands on the mobile game. All they have been saying is “information about that version will be revealed in the future.” (This is what they told Polygon when enquired about the Android launch.)

But the real question here is why Nintendo is being so vague about the launch date of the game app on Android? We understand that since Super Mario Run made its global debut during the fall Apple event, the company got first dibs on the game app. However, veteran designer Shigeru Miyamoto recently explained in an interview with Mashable that security was the real reason for the early Apple exclusivity.

“The security element is one of the reasons that we decided to go with iPhone and iOS first,” Miyamoto said. “So this is just — based on the current development environment — a requirement that’s been built into the game to support security and the fact that the three different modes are connecting to the network and interacting with one another.”

Just to make it clear, when Miyamoto talks about software security, he is essentially worried about piracy. “Unlike our dedicated game devices, the game is not releasing in a limited number of countries. We’re launching in 150 countries and each of those countries has different network environments and things like that. So it was important for us to be able to have it secure for all users,” he told the publication. ALSO READ: Super Mario Run launched; here are our first impressions

In fact, the absence of Super Mario Run on Android is already pushing people to look for the app from other less legitimate sources. People are trying to get their way around the app just like they did with Pokémon GO. However, people need to understand that Pokémon GO was available for Android users across other countries, if not in India, and so its Android Application Package (APK) was manageable. But in the case of Super Mario Run the game hasn’t been released on Android in the first place.

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Taking advantage of this very desperation of Android users, a number of fake Super Mario Run APK files have started to prop up on the web, and for all you know they are nothing but a pure source of malware for your Android device. Therefore, the best bet for Android users would be to wait until Nintendo officially releases it for Android. Understandably, it is hard, especially when no one even knows if or when Super Mario Run will be coming to Android, but for your safety and the sake of your phone waiting is the best option.

And if it helps, you are not the only Android user left in the lurch, waiting for the app to be released on your platform. Share some agony with your kins who took to Twitter to share their heartbreak about the absence of Super Mario Run on Android.

 

 

 

 

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  • Published Date: December 16, 2016 12:53 PM IST
  • Updated Date: December 16, 2016 3:27 PM IST