Apple revealed the iPhone 7, a new Apple Watch, and wireless AirPods, along with a host of other new features in its annual Apple Event, but bringing Mario into the mix was easily one of the more exciting additions—and now Android won’t be far behind.
The Super Mario Run announcement came early in Apple’s presentation as Nintendo showed off what fans have to look forward to with a one-handed Super Mario game. Throughout the presentation, Nintendo showcased some of the game, which will let you collect coins, compete against other players, and create your own Mushroom Kingdom.The free game (which will have in-app purchases later) isn’t available in the App Store for iOS devices just yet, but you can choose to be notified when it does arrive, which Nintendo said would happen during the holidays.
But what about Android? Nintendo didn’t say anything during its presentation—a move that makes sense given that it was an Apple Event—but it confirmed afterwards that Super Mario Run would also make the jump to Apple’s main rival.
“We do intend to release the game on Android devices at some point in the future,” Nintendo told Kotaku after the Apple Event.
We’re no closer to learning when Super Mario Run will come to Android or exactly how long we might have to wait after it arrives on iOS, but at least you won’t have to switch sides just to play that new Mario game.
Update 12:23pm CT, Jan. 19: Nintendo announced on Twitter Wednesday that Super Mario Run will arrive on the Android some time in March. Android users can preregister for the game through Google Play to receive an email once the game is available.Many of the same features that are part of the iOS version of Super Mario Run will also be included in the Android version. You’ll need an internet connection for the app and only the first three levels are free to play. Unlocking the rest of the game will cost $10.H/T The Next Web