Nintendo is updating Super Mario Run with a new character, mode, and world

Nintendo will issue a new update to its iOS and Android game Super Mario Run on September 29th, which will include a new world, mode, and playable character.

The update will introduce a new mode called Remix 10, which randomly splices together 10 sections from the game’s various levels in quick succession and rewards players with rainbow medals. Completing the various stages will allow players to rescue Princess Daisy and subsequently play as her throughout the rest of the game. Players will also be able to unlock a new world called World Star, which includes nine new levels, enemies and some additional gameplay mechanics.

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Polygon notes that there’s some other minor updates: players can get new items to put in their Mushroom Kingdom, and can listen to their own music while they play — when they do so, their runners will wear headphones. Nintendo is also temporarily cutting the price in half starting on September 29th through October 12th.

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Is Mark Zuckerberg Getting Ready to Run for President?

Is Mark Zuckerberg Getting Ready to Run for President?

Is Mark Zuckerberg Getting Ready to Run for President?
HIGHLIGHTS
Zuckerberg took a new year resolution to visit all 50 US states
Zuckerberg also said that he no longer considers himself an atheist
Some people have started believing that he may run for President
As America changes presidents, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is doing something. This week, he did something in Texas: He went to his first rodeo. He wore a hard hat and a safety vest. He thanked police officers in Dallas for their hard work. He helped plant a community garden.

So what, exactly, is Mark Zuckerberg doing? Well, even without a peep from the man confirming any interest in the job, some have started to believe that Zuckerberg is running for president.

The reason people think that is, well, because whatever it is that Zuckerberg is doing looks a lot like what presidential hopefuls do:

In this case, Zuckerberg was in Dallas to testify in a $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,616 crores) lawsuit. The Facebook-owned Oculus VR company has been accused of corporate theft by ZeniMax – an accusation that Facebook has denied. But the chief executive managed to make the most of his trip on Facebook itself by looping it into an unrelated personal project.

Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution this year is to make sure that he has visited each of the 50 states by the end of the year. He has been to several already, (for instance: Hawaii, where he owns a house and is suing some of his neighbours), so the resolution will mean making sure he visits about 30 additional states by December.

“My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year,” Zuckerberg wrote in his Facebook post explaining the resolution.

But that resolution wasn’t the first thing Zuckerberg that sounded a bit presidential to some. Over the holidays, Zuckerberg said he no longer considers himself an atheist and that religion is “very important” to him. He also hired David Plouffe, President Barack Obama’s former campaign chair, to work for the philanthropic organization that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, created.

Once again, it is important to emphasize that while the above sure does make you go “hmm,” Mark Zuckerberg has not said that he is running, or would like to run, for president.
One other reason that Zuckerberg might want to spend 2017 meeting Americans could have to do with, you know, Facebook. This year, the company was accused of having a bias against conservative news sources and topics in its trending topics bar. That accusation had a lasting impact on Facebook’s reputation in conservative circles. And after the 2016 election, the company faced repeated interrogations from the media about its influential role in spreading fake news and hoaxes. As a result, Facebook announced changes designed to improve its ability to discourage the sharing of outright false information.

Zuckerberg’s business model depends on its users believing that the platform is a newsworthy and trustworthy place where they might feel comfortable posting lots of things from their personal lives. Both perceptions have been threatened over the past year. Going out and talking to people, particularly those who have recently lost trust in the company, could be helpful PR for Zuckerberg – for reasons that have nothing to do with running for president.

With someone like Zuckerberg, it can be hard to separate signs of insatiable ambition from those pointing to a specific political goal. Take this passage from Nick Bilton, who outlined the case for at least thinking about the possibility that Zuckerberg might run over at Vanity Fair:

“If he does want the job, Zuckerberg definitely has the personality for it. When Facebook went public in 2012, I co-authored a profile of the young C.E.O. During the reporting, I heard from several friends about his penchant for playing world-conquering board and video games. Early childhood pals told me that one of Zuckerberg’s favorite video games as a boy was Civilization, the game in which you have to “build an empire to stand the test of time.” Others have told me that, to this day, Zuckerberg loves to play Risk, a strategy board game where you have to essentially take over the world.”

Interesting. Except, my dudes, I too really love playing Civilization, and I would never want to run for president. Other things pointed to in that Vanity Fair story are more concrete – like the fact that a Facebook proxy statement from April said Zuckerberg could leave Facebook to serve in a government office but still keep control of his company. Hmm. (In a long statement about those changes in April, Zuckerberg said he was “committed to our mission and to leading Facebook there over the long term.”)

Zuckerberg would be 36 by the time the 2020 election rolls around, which is one year over the minimum required age to be president (by contrast, incumbent President Donald Trump would be 74). But even if the rumors of a Zuckerberg run are true – which, again, is not something that has been confirmed in any way – Bilton says that the prevailing thought in Silicon Valley is that the still completely hypothetical Zuckerberg run for office would happen in 2024.

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Super Mario Run Controls, Gameplay, Coins, World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder Modes Explained

Super Mario Run Controls, Gameplay, Coins, World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder Modes Explained
HIGHLIGHTS
Super Mario Run has three modes
World Tour plays out like classic Mario games
Toad Rally is the game’s multiplayer mode
Super Mario Run is now available to download on the iPhone, iPad, and even the iPod touch so as long as you have iOS 8.0. Android gamers will have to wait it out until next year, when Nintendo will finally release Super Mario Run on that platform. For the rest of us, here’s what you need to know to get the best out of Super Mario Run on iOS.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Android Early 2017 Release Date Is Bad for Nintendo and Gamers)
Super Mario Run controls
In Super Mario Run, Mario runs from left to right automatically. Tapping the screen makes him do a small jump. Hold the screen longer, and he jumps higher. That’s all there is to it – you’ve just got to get into the flow and get the timing right.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Release Date Is December 15, Download Size, Price, and More )
Super Mario Run World Tour mode gameplay shows it’s not an endless runner
Like every classic Mario game, your objective is to make it to the flagpole at the end of the level before the timer runs out. This is how the game plays in the World Tour mode — similar to classic Mario games.

Endless runners don’t have a definite end point, while Super Mario Run does, making it more of an auto runner than an endless runner. It might sound like semantics, but the difference exists and it’s an important one. Also, just because there are levels doesn’t mean there’s no replayability.
Super Mario Run coins are plentiful, and colour-coded
If you like collecting every single coin in Mario games, you’re in for a treat. Aside from the usual gold coins, each level has three sets of special coins to collect — pink, purple, and black. Collecting one full set unlocks another version of the level, with the coins hidden in places that are more difficult to reach. Since Mario runs automatically, timing is crucial to collect them all. Otherwise you’ll have to replay the level from the very beginning.

(Also see: You Will Need an Internet Connection to Play Super Mario Run)

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Super Mario Run bubble system explained
Much like New Super Mario Bros on Nintendo consoles, Super Mario Run uses bubbles. These let you rewind your progress in a level as far as you’d like, allowing you to collect a coin you missed. Keep in mind that the timer does not reset. This means that if you use too many bubbles or go back too far, you might not finish a level. As for finding these bubbles? Hit the blocks with a question mark to get these power-ups.

Super Mario Run Toad Rally is Super Mario Run’s multiplayer mode
In Super Mario Run Toad Rally, your goal is to beat your opponent — which is essentially the performance data of another player – with style. What this means is, you won’t be competing in real time but against someone’s high score that’s visually represented as a character running across the screen.

This is known as asynchronous multiplayer. You won’t just be tasked with outrunning them though, there’s an audience to impress. Pull off stunts like fancy jumps and flips and toads — citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom – will join you. You can’t access this Super Mario Run mode without Rally Tickets, which can be earned by performing in-game feats such as clearing a level in World Tour mode.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Development Was Not ‘Simpler’: Nintendo)
Super Mario Run Kingdom Builder
Remember the coins and toads we mentioned? You can use them in Super Mario Run Kingdom Builder mode. This mode lets you make your own Mushroom Kingdom. It resembles a world map in other Mario games. You’re limited in what you can buy, by the number of Toads that you’ve impressed. Hit the requisite number of Toads, and you can use your coins to buy different items. There’s little in way of gameplay, but more by way of bragging rights, with cosmetic items such as green pipes, flags, and question mark boxes among others, to decorate your kingdom with.

Super Mario Run’s three modes don’t appear to be that disparate, unified by a common currency system and interlocking elements that could ensure you don’t stick to one specific mode alone. It will be interesting to see how Nintendo doles out Rally Tickets or modifies mechanics to earn more Toads in the weeks to come.

Are you playing Super Mario Run on iOS? Or are you waiting for it on Android? Let us know via the comments.

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Super Mario Run Launced for iOS: Price, Mobile Data Usage, and More

Super Mario Run Launced for iOS: Price, Mobile Data Usage, and More
HIGHLIGHTS
Super Mario Run is out on December 15
It is for iOS devices right now
Android devices will get it early next year
The eagerly-awaited Super Mario Run game has been launched for iOS by Nintendo, bringing the beloved Italian plumber to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch screens across the world. For those who grew up playing Mario games, which have been around since 1981, the new Super Mario Run will kick in the nostalgia. If you have downloaded the new Nintendo game, or looking forward to downloading it, here’s everything you need to know about Super Mario Run.

Super Mario Run release date
Super Mario Run was released on December 15 globally. If you’ve signed up for the notifications to the game, you will be told when it can be downloaded.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Now Available for Download on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch)
Super Mario Run release time
The Super Mario Run release time might differ depending on your location. The game might be available in countries like the US from around 10am PST and India from 11:10pm IST on December 15, depending on how Nintendo decides to release the game.

(Also see:Super Mario Run Controls, Gameplay, Coins, and Modes Explained)
Super Mario Run download size
Expect it to take up around 370MB of storage space. It might not sound much but could be a problem if you have 16GB iOS device or a poor Internet connection.

Super Mario Run price
The game’s price is Rs. 620 in India and $9.99 in the US. This makes Super Mario Run one of the more expensive games on the App Store but you can try it for free. Which brings us to the next point.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Development Was Not ‘Simpler’: Nintendo)
Super Mario Run is free
Free to try, that is. Nintendo has stated you can play a few levels of Super Mario Run at no cost to you. It hasn’t stated how many levels will be free but if it is anything like what early previews suggest, expect three levels and a brief sampling of the fourth.

(Also see: Nintendo Shows Off Super Mario Run and Nintendo Switch in Action)

Super Mario Run is iPhone and iPad only for now
Yes, you read right, Nintendo is keeping Super Mario Run as a timed exclusive on iOS devices for now. A Super Mario Run Android release is planned for next year.

(Also see:Super Mario Run Android Early 2017 Release Date Is Bad for Nintendo and Gamers)
Super Mario Run is always online
Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, has revealed that you will need an Internet connection to play Super Mario Run. Speaking with Mashable, Miyamoto said that the decision had been taken to combat the game’s piracy. “For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us,” he added.

“And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we’re able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment.”

(Also see: You Will Need an Internet Connection to Play Super Mario Run)

When Mashable asked if he was referring to the risk of piracy in “security”, he said: “That’s correct. Unlike our dedicated game devices, the game is not releasing in a limited number of countries. We’re launching in 150 countries and each of those countries has different network environments and things like that. So it was important for us to be able to have it secure for all users.”
Super Mario Run may use upto 75MB of data per hour
According to AppleInsider, Super Mario Run iOS would need 75MB of data per hour of “constant, involved” play after the initial download. And a lot less in most cases.

We won’t be surprised if this is an extremely generous estimate of the amount of data Super Mario run would consume. Reason being, the likes of Overwatch and Final Fantasy XIV on consoles and PC take up a tenth of the bandwidth at best. Nonetheless, we’ll know for sure when it hits iOS soon.

With the Nintendo Switch reveal seeing another Mario game, we won’t be surprised to see if there’s a deeper connection between both games when Nintendo’s console sees a full reveal in January.

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