Pokémon GO has new nemesis in town as Super Mario release announced for iOS and Android
Just when you thought the Pokémon GO craze was somewhat settling down, an announcement was made at Wednesday's iPhone 7 Launch regarding the upcoming release of a Super Mario game for iOS and Android, and its got generations of folks already eager to play the new Nintendo Mario game on their devices.
There are an estimated 9.55 million Pokémon GO players in America today, which is almost 3% of the entire US population of almost 320 million people. That doesn't seem like much, but if you think about 10 million people actively playing a game on their smartphones, that's actually quite a few people. By now, all of us have somehow been a part of Pokémon GO fever, whether we play the game or have been bumped into while walking down the sidewalk by players hunting the little monsters on their screens. But come December, that number of 9.55 million Pokémon players may find itself being dwarfed by players of Super Mario Run, a new game created for iOS and Android.
Introduced by the original Super Mario Bros. creator Shigeru Miyamoto, the new game will be a more simple and toned-down version of the iconic game, with game modes that can easily be played just by swiping your fingers on your smartphone screen. And as Mario always does, he will be running around, jumping up and down and collecting coins along the way. Needless to say, fans of Mario have expressed their joy at hearing of the new game's release on Twitter, foreshadowing another smartphone game craze on the horizon. With another game or two after Super Mario Run, the entire smartphone-owning population of the world may be playing games while we're out and about. Let's just make sure to look both ways before we cross the street.
Game designer Shigeru Miyamoto at Apple's iPhone 7 Launch