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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 10 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Super Mario Run is a running and jumping game you play by tapping the screen to jump. Your character automatically runs and you just tap at the right time to avoid obstacles and jump on enemies. It sounds too simple to be fun but is actually a cleverly designed and challenging game.

The game became the fastest-growing app in iOS history, having been downloaded more than 50 million times worldwide during its first week of release, and around 300 million times by 2018.

Other Super Mario Bros platform games:
  • Super Mario Bros. (1985) on NES and rereleased on GameBoy Colour in 1999.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988) on NES and rereleased on GBA in 2001
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988) on NES and rereleased on GBA in 2003
  • Super Mario Land (1989) on GameBoy
  • Super Mario World (1990) on SNES and rereleased on GBA in 2002
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992) on GameBoy
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995) on SNES and rereleased on GBA in 2002
  • Super Mario 64 (1996) on N64 and rereleased on DS in 2004
  • Super Mario Sunshine (2002) on GameCube
  • New Super Mario Bros (2012) on DS
  • Super Mario Galaxy (2007) on Wii
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009) on Wii
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010) on Wii
  • Super Mario 3D Land (2011) on Wii
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012) on 3DS
  • New Super Mario Bros. U (2013) on Wii U
  • Super Mario 3D World (2014) on Wii U
  • Super Mario Run (2016) on iOS and Android
  • Super Mario Odyssey (2017) on Switch
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019) on Switch
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020) on Switch Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/12/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 1 (1 online)

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 13 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)




Play Time: It takes between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Each level takes a few minutes but sessions will last longer through a series of levels.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 1-player online game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. We hear from families that this is good for really young players. "Super Mario Run was really easy for my kid to get into. Single input gameplay and cute characters."


There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
Purchase all 6 worlds after the demo. Additional content after that is free as the game updates. You need a Nintendo account to play. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


Our Super Mario Run Accessibility Report documents 13 accessibility features:
The course you select determines how complex it is. There are timed jumps required from the start, although missing the jumps you can often have another go or quickly restart. "Easy Mode" enabled makes the game easier and grants infinite time. Most jumps are assisted by the game, but you will need some accurate timing to complete levels. "World Tour" allows you to keep practising a level or revisit your favourite completed ones.

Although just one tap anywhere on the screen to jump and interact, you need to navigate menus with specific tapping to start the game.

No separate audio control for music and effects although you can pick your own music to play for less intrusive audio. There are minimal audio equivalents for visual cues.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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