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Here's When Super Mario Run Hits the iPhone

If you’re planning on downloading Super Mario Run to your iPhone or iPad, your wait will soon be over.

Nintendo says its widely anticipated iOS game Super Mario Run will be coming to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on December 15. The game will be available in Apple’s App Store for $9.99; Nintendo says the one-time payment will give users unlimited access to the entire game.

Nintendo first unveiled Super Mario Run at Apple’s iPhone press event in September. The game is the first from Nintendo to allow you to play as Mario from a mobile device. It was developed under the guidance of the franchise’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto.

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Super Mario Run is a side-scrolling platformer that puts you in control of Mario. While he runs on his own, you need to tap on the screen to make him jump over obstacles, jump on or over enemies, and collect coins. In true Mario form, your goal is to get Mario to the flagpole at the end of each level. It’ll also come with three modes.

At the iPhone event in September, Nintendo was quick to point out that Super Mario Run is designed to be played with one hand and aims at making it both fun and easy for gamers to pick it up and play.

Super Mario Run is an important release for Nintendo. For the last several years, the company has seen business slump at the hands of gamers increasingly turning their attention to mobile games. For years, investors were calling on Nintendo to offer games on the iPhone and iPad.

Nintendo initially balked at the idea, but seems to have come around on mobile devices. However, its earlier mobile efforts delivered experiences that were neither fun nor featuring the company’s iconic characters. Super Mario Run tries to address that.

According to Nintendo, Super Mario Run will work on any device running iOS 8.0 or later. The game will launch in 151 countries and regions and support several languages, including English, Japanese, German, and Chinese.

Nintendo hasn't announced when the Android version of the game might be released, but has said that it will arrive after the exclusive period with Apple has passed.