Will Super Mario Run Be the Next Pokemon GO?

Clearly everything from my childhood is coming back. First Pokemon GO made its gigantic debut and has slashed every record for app downloads and app sales. CEO of Niantic Labs, the developers behind the app, announced that Pokemon GO will be coming to Apple Watch soon at Apple’s keynote event yesterday. But before that, a representative for Nintendo came out to talk about its new game: Super Mario Run. While I was obsessed with Pokemon GO in the beginning, the buzz wore off as my daily life became too busy to spend the amount of time my seven year old self wants to when catching them all. But I don’t have to go running around to play Super Mario Run. The question is will that be to Nintendo's advantage or was Pokemon GO such a hit due in part to the fact that you do physically have to move. Only time will tell; however, Super Mario Run certainly has that same nostalgic potential that could have generations of adults reliving simpler times.

Super Mario Run appears as though it will be quite similar to the original Super Mario in that you go through levels that are completed when you reach the flagpole. However, since it is a ‘run’ game, Mario will be running non-stop allowing you to play one-handed, tapping to make him jump to collect coins and squash mushrooms.

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Nintendo also announced that the game will have a Battle Mode allowing you to play against friends and strangers around the globe in a race to see who can collect the most coins. You’ll also attempt to impress the Toads, who if they like your performance will join your Mushroom Kingdom.

The biggest surprise? The game will have a one-time purchase price, which makes it sound like there won’t be any in-app purchases. I will shower praise upon them for that alone—no one buys an in-app purchase and feels good about it. It’s like going to the convenience store at three in the morning for ice cream: you just can’t help yourself but you’re also not going to tell anyone that you’ve done this.

It also sounds like Super Mario Run will have all its basic features ready before it’s time to launch. Something that Pokemon GO has been slowly trying to do with updates all along the way, leaving it open to criticism from those playing who don’t like the changes. Both games get you right in the nostalgia, and I think Nintendo has found its way to refresh an old franchise yet again. Will Super Mario Run be as successful as Pokemon GO? It’s impossible to say, but it certainly has the potential to garner a large, cult-like following similar to that of Pokemon GO. What do you think? Will you play Super Mario Run when it comes out?

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.