Available now on iOS and Android, Super Mario Run is a delight. But while Mario's first mobile outing is fairly easy to play, it has lots of quirks that veterans of both Mario games and auto-runners will have to get used to. Here are some tips for beginning your quest to save Princess Peach, from basic jumping and movement to how to build the ultimate Mushroom Kingdom.
Super Mario Run will prompt you to link your Nintendo Account when you first start out, and you should. Linking your account not only lets you access your save from another device, but it also gives you access to exclusive in-game items and lets you earn My Nintendo reward points that can be put toward games and other digital goodies.
One of the biggest new mechanics in Super Mario Run is the vault, which allows Mario to automatically hop over small enemies and obstacles, such as Goombas. If you tap the screen while vaulting over an enemy, you'll perform a Vault Jump, which gives you some extra height and sends the bad guy flying.
Skillful jumping is the key to succeeding at any Mario game, and Super Mario Run is no exception. Jumping works a lot like it does on standard Mario games — the longer you press the screen, the higher you'll go, and you can get some extra height by tapping the screen as soon as you land on an enemy's head.
Another returning Mario staple is the wall jump, which you can perform by simply tapping the screen as soon as you hit a wall. You can chain wall jumps together to reach new heights, so keep an eye out for tight, vertical corridors. To spin, you can tap the screen while in midair, which will cause Mario to attack nearby enemies and keep him in the air a little longer — something that will prove crucial for clearing long jumps. Finally, if you want to stall your jump, simply swipe left while in midair.
Mario will automatically roll on the ground when he lands from an extra-high jump. You'll barrel through enemies while rolling, and can jump out of a roll for some extra momentum. If you feel like you might miss a jump, don't panic — you can now cling to the edge of platforms by simply landing near a ledge. Mario will pull himself up automatically, though you can tap the screen while climbing to perform a boosted jump.
It wouldn't be a Mario game without lots of blocks, and Mario Run has some unique ones that are crucial to master. The game's red Pause Blocks keep you in place, allowing you to time your next roll or jump. The transparent, dotted-line arrow blocks produce a trail of coins when you run past them, while the solid-arrow blocks give you a speed boost if you jump while running over them.
You'll enter each level with two Bubbles, which will save you and drop you back into the action if you fall down a pit or get killed by an enemy. Bubbles will activate automatically once you die, and you can tap the screen to jump out of one whenever you're ready to. You can also trigger your Bubble manually by simply tapping the Bubble icon at the top of the screen -- which is super useful for not just avoiding death, but also floating backwards a bit to catch that special coin that you missed.