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Here’s why you need internet to play Super Mario Run

Shigeru Miyamoto, the father of Mario, has revealed why you can’t play Super Mario Run offline.

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While most iOS users are down with the Super Mario Run fever, many have complained about the app being paid after three levels, and about the fact that the app needs internet connectivity. Well, apparently, it’s not just a random decision to make the app work only with an internet connection, there’s a big reason behind it, and that is app security.

“For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us. And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we’re able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment,” series creator and Super Mario Run producer Shigeru Miyamoto told Mashable.

“We wanted to be able to leverage that network connection with all three of the [Super Mario Run] modes to keep all of the modes functioning together and offering the game in a way that keeps the software secure. This is something that we want to continue to work on as we continue to develop the game.” ALSO READ: Here’s what people who played Super Mario Run think about the game

Miyamoto also said that the security is also the reason why the app was first exclusively launched on iOS. “But actually, the security element is one of the reasons that we decided to go with iPhone and iOS first. 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.” ALSO READ: Here’s the real reason why Super Mario Run is not on Android

Miyamoto also clarified that when he says security, he is actually bothered about the software piracy that is anticipated with the Android launch. “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.” 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.

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.

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  • Published Date: December 16, 2016 4:17 PM IST
  • Updated Date: December 16, 2016 4:18 PM IST