Nintendo has officially opened up pre-registrations for the Android version of Super Mario Run a couple of weeks after its iOS counterpart went official. Unfortunately, the company still hasn’t revealed when exactly the game will be launched for the former.
Signing up for pre-registrations simply alerts people when the Android iteration of Super Mario Run will be up for downloads. Still, the fact that the app now has an official Google Play Store page is a strong indication that it’ll be going live soon.
This assumption also falls in line with what Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima had told Japanese newspaper Kyoto Shimbun just a few days ago. The firm plans to drop Super Mario Run for Android sometime next year. It’s also looking beyond the game with plans to unveil 2 to 3 apps a year starting from 2017.
As for why Android patrons are getting Super Mario Run after iOS, the game’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto told Mashable that the brand had decided to do so because of the security element, specifically piracy concerns. He stated that the firm wants to leverage the network connection with all 3 modes in the app in a way that each worked together and offered the game in a way that keeps the software secure.
Super Mario Run was launched to great hoopla back in September this year as it was Nintendo’s first true mobile game. However, it’s received somewhat of a tepid response after the initial rush of downloads. One major criticism directed at it is its online-heavy approach which constantly requires internet access.