Good news, gaming fans! Nintendo is bringing your favorite classics to your smartphone, tablet and other smart gadgets. Nintendo once said it would never put out games for smartphones and tablets, but now it's reversing that decision.
Nintendo already made a big splash recently with its release of the NES Classic, which comes pre-loaded with 30 classic games. Those have been flying off the shelves and will be one of the hottest Christmas gifts this year. Now, the video game maker is releasing one of its most popular games as an app, just in time for Christmas.
Super Mario Run
Super Mario Run is set to be released on December 15, 2016. It will only be available on iOS immediately. The game is expected to be available for Android gadgets in 2017.
The base version of the game can be downloaded for free, but you will have to pay about $10 to unlock the full game. That price seems a bit hefty since most mobile games are free. The good news is with the paid version you won't see any of those irritating in-app purchase requests.
Nintendo is expecting this to be a huge seller. It has already received over 20 million requests from people wanting to be notified when Super Mario Run is available to be purchased. It is estimated that the game could be downloaded up to 100 million times in just the first month.
Here is a video demonstration of how to play the game:
What's next for Nintendo?
Super Mario Run is Nintendo's first mobile gaming app, but there are more on the way. The company has already announced plans to release two more games. "Animal Crossing" and "Fire Emblem" will be released in 2017.
Nintendo will also be coming out with a new gaming system next year. The Nintendo Switch is expected to be released in March 2017. It will combine the mobility of a handheld with the power of a home gaming system to enable new video gameplay styles.
It's a great time to be a fan of Nintendo!