Super Mario Run

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
Super Mario Run App Poster Image
Classic, mustachioed hero jumps into fun, mobile world.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of play

While the controls are simple, the game gets increasingly challenging as you progress. Players need fine motor skills and some dexterity.

Violence & scariness

Though Mario knocks aside his animal enemies, it's always shown in a cartoonish, blood-free way.

Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism

In-game currency can be used to buy bonus levels.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

While Mario ingests mushrooms, they only make him a little bigger.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Mario Run is an arcade game that's fun for all ages. Like the Super Mario Bros. games, this has the iconic plumber running and jumping his way through an obstacle course. Though there's nothing offensive, and the only violence involves him knocking his enemies off the screen bloodlessly, the game is fairly involved and might be too difficult for little kids. One warning: While the iTunes site says this game is "free," that's just to pay the first three levels: To enjoy the other 21, you have to spend $9.99. Read the app's privacy policy -- which is available both in the "About This App" section of the game's menu and on the game's website -- to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

Adult Written byaj94 December 22, 2016

A New Take On An Old Classic

I am not generally a huge fan of endless running games but this one takes that endless running aspect and makes it enjoyable. Instead of forcing you to jump ove...
Teen, 13 years old Written byCMANtheGreat January 14, 2017

Sup-par runner costs too much, doesn't feel like Mario

Honestly my title can't say it any better. This mediocre runner costs $10 U.S dollars, and it doesn't really feel like a Mario game. For people who ar...
Teen, 16 years old Written byUsrthea February 20, 2017

Best mobile Mario game!

This is the best mobile Mario game! The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is cause it's very easy, I beat all the currently existing levels within les...

What's it about?

As you do in Super Mario Bros., SUPER MARIO RUN has Mario running and jumping his way through an obstacle course full of jumps, pitfalls, crazy enemies, and gold coins -- except that in this game, you don't get to decide when, and in what direction, Mario moves. Instead, he's constantly running, and toward the finish line. He can also jump further, which you make him do by holding your finger down on the screen instead of only tapping it. Along with the main game, there's a mode called "Toad Rally," in which you compete against a virtual version of other people's runs. You can also use the coins you collect to build your own kingdom and even unlock more courses by building such structures as the "Bonus Game" house. Players can also toggle the music on and off.

Is it any good?

By combining the classic gameplay of Super Mario Bros. with the tenets of an endless runner, Nintendo has created a great mobile game for Mario lovers of all ages. Though the additions seem simple, they actually make this feel like a unique take on an old favorite, especially since this otherwise looks, sounds, and plays like a classic Mario game. Sadly, though, you can't play this if your phone or tablet isn't connected to the internet, which means you can't play on planes or in the car if your coverage is spotty or even in your own bathroom if your Wi-Fi is weak. Having to be connected is a real bummer because, when you can play it, Super Mario Run is the most fun we've had with Mario since, well, his last lengthy jog.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about playing video games in balance with other activities. Since Super Mario Run is the type of game that might be hard to stop playing, what's a good stopping point? For how long is it OK to play?

  • Talk about the story within the game. What is Mario trying to do? Why? 

  • Discuss the in-game currency and how kids want to use it to build their own kingdoms. Are they going to save coins? If so, for what? How is that process similar to real life?

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