Nearly four months after launching the legendary game — Super Mario Run on iOS, Nintendo has finally launched the highly-anticipated game on Android platform too. After taking pre-registrations for the Android version, Nintendo recently mentioned that the game will be launched on March 23. Now, while Super Mario Run has gone live on Play Store, at the time of filing this story, we could only see ‘coming soon.’
However, if you can’t wait for the official release, there is a workaround to download and install it right now. You can head over to APK Mirror and download the game from here. While we do not recommend getting Android apps from third party sources as the risk of vulnerabilities remain, it is for those who are desperate to get their hands on the game. The file size is about 62MB.
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And just like the iOS counterpart, the Android version is also free to download. Super Mario Run is divided in six worlds – each having four courses, for a total of 24 maps. Out of this first world with four courses is something that you get for free, and to unlock all the levels, you need to make an in-app purchase. And this is where things get bad. ALSO READ: Super Mario Run launched for iOS; here are our first impressions
While on iOS version, you were required to pay Rs 620 to unlock all levels, on Android, the price rises steeply to Rs 800. When you link your Nintendo account, you get all your scores and achievements from iOS version, but sadly, you need to pay to be able to use it. Just image, if you own an iOS and Android device and want the game on both devices, you end up paying Rs 1,420. With such steep pricing for the version, it remains to be seen if the Android version can be a success. ALSO READ: Here’s why you need internet to play Super Mario Run
The gameplay remains the same. There is an unrest in the Mushroom Kingdom and the flame-throwing reptile in his Koopa Clown Car has kidnapped Princess Peach, while also destroying the Kingdom. Mario, not only has to rescue the Princess, but also rebuild the kingdom and get the toads back. While Mario runs by himself, you need to tap on the screen to make him jump over the obstacles and the oncoming enemies.
We installed the game on our Android smartphone using the APK file, and it ran pretty smooth. If you’ve been able to download the Super Mario Run via Google Play Store, or installed it using an APK file, do let us know what you feel about it in the comments section below.