Super Mario Run has gotten off to a great start as Nintendo has announced that the game has managed to amass 40 million downloads in just four days. To put this number into perspective, Pokémon GO hit 30 million downloads in two weeks. The reason why these download numbers are impressive is because Nintendo’s mobile game is only restricted to the iOS platform, and has only been rolled out in about 150 countries.
Despite these numbers, nearly everyone is of the opinion that the Rs 620 price tag to unlock the whole game is quite steep. “It can’t be understated, however, that the vast majority of early Super Mario Run downloaders clearly find the full game pricing prohibitive, and we can only image how much better the conversion rate could be at $2.99 or even $4.99,” said SensorTower in a blog post. According to the company’s estimates, only about 2.1 million users have paid for the game. The mixed reception has also had an impact on Nintendo‘s share prices, which are said to have dropped 11 percent since the day of the game’s launch.
Besides the nostalgia factor, Super Mario Run is fun, yet challenging, smartphone game marred only by the steep price tag. Though reports claimed that Nintendo won’t be adding any new content to the existing game, the company has started rolling out an update that brings a new game mode, called ‘Friendly Run’. RELATED: Super Mario Run launched; here are our first impressions
This mode essentially lets users play against other users without having to use Rally Tickets. Those who have unlocked World 1 can play up to three times a day, while those who have cleared World 2 can play up to five times a day. These free runs is only accessible to those who have unlocked the game by paying Rs 620. Those on trial version will only get to play Friendly Run if they have friends added in the game, and that too only once a day. ALSO READ: Here’s the real reason why Super Mario Run is not on Android