Shares in Nintendo have risen 3.7 percent as of midday in Tokyo as positive reports of Super Mario Run filter through the net with players getting hands-on time with the colourful 2D platformer. The shares are the highest since July 19th when the Pokémon GO phenomena hit. Super Mario Run launches on December 15th worldwide on the App Store.
Here’s a roundup of some of the reactions and some information:
- IGN showed that the first three levels will be free to play, but gamers will need to pay $10 to unlock the remaining 21 levels and other content.
- Engadget praised the game’s graphics and wrote that “replayability should be excellent.”
- Time said the title is “simple and the gameplay remains rich and addictive,” comparing the experience to playing Super Mario games on Nintendo’s own consoles
- Mic.com wrote the game seemed fairly easy, saying “Mario veterans will be shocked to find that they can run right through enemy goombas.”
- Researcher SensorTower estimated the title will gross $71 million in the first month and be downloaded by more than 50 million users. In September, the researcher said Pokemon Go was downloaded more than 180 million times in the first two months.
- In October, Apple’s Tim Cook said more than 20 million people had signed up to be notified once Super Mario Run is available.
- Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto said in an interview with Time that characters besides Mario will be playable, suggesting more variety that will encourage people to replay Super Mario Go
- Nintendo’s U.S. head Reggie Fils-Aime appeared on The Tonight Show to promote the game. A video of the segment has been viewed more than 500,000 times in less than 24 hours since it was uploaded
- Separately, Fils-Aime also showed off the first ever live-demo of Nintendo’s upcoming console Switch. Fans on social media praised its graphical performance.