‘Super Mario Run’ released for iOS

The game is now available to download on Apple devices.

Mario, one of Nintendo’s most iconic characters, has made the jump from video game console to smartphone.

Announced at Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote in September, Super Mario Run is the Japanese company’s first smartphone title.

Available to download today, the game is a portable-friendly take on the Super Mario series designed to be played with one hand.

Players control Mario by tapping the screen to make him leap as he automatically moves along various levels that will be instantly familiar to fans of past console versions.

The game features three main modes: “World Tour”, which lets you play solo through 24 levels in six worlds; “Toad Rally”, in which you challenge your friends’ times to race through certain levels; and “Mushroom Kingdom”, which allows you to create and customise your own courses.

The game is free to download but it costs £7.99 to unlock all its content.

Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario Bros., confirmed earlier this week that Super Mario Run needs a constant internet connect to run.

“For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us,” he explained.

“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.”

Super Mario Run is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices which are running iOS 8.0 or newer.

Nintendo has confirmed plans to release an Android version in the future but hasn’t specified a date as yet.

In October, Nintendo unveiled its new console, Switch, due to be released next year.