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Super Mario Run Requires A Constant Internet Connection To Play

by Javy Gwaltney on Dec 09, 2016 at 06:23 AM

Those of you who were planning to play Super Mario Run on airplanes or the subway: we've got some bad news. The mobile game requires a constant internet connection to play it.

We reached out for a comment about this from Nintendo and after confirming the game does require an online connection, they issued this statement:

Online connectivity allows us to offer a variety of features and services that enhance the play experience.  Super Mario Run is not a static experience, but rather one that players can continue to return to again and again to enjoy something new and unexpected. For example, online connectivity can offer the following:

· Access to other users’ play data and scores for automatically generated Toad Rally challenges.

· In-game events that will offer players new challenges and rewards for a limited time.

· Linkage to Nintendo Account to access save data from multiple devices. For example, if players have Super Mario Run on their iPhone and iPad, they can share one save file across the different devices. However, this save data cannot be used with different devices at the same time.

 Our Take
As someone who plays mobile games mostly when he's traveling, this is kind of a bummer and the justifications for constant connection don't seem worth the payoff of hindering when players can access the game. Hopefully there will be an offline mode sometime in the future.