Nintendo always tries to stand out from the crowd when developing their games. Even if a game seems like it’s taking inspiration from something else, the gaming giant is finding ways to call it their own. This holds true for Super Mario Run as well. Shigeru Miyamoto recently had a chance to talk about the game, saying that the developers at Nintendo and DeNA tried to find a way to preserve the simplicity of Mario by making a game that could be played with one hand.
While they worked on the game, Nintendo tried to incorporate challenging obstacles that were unique to the Mario series, even though the game’s mechanics are pretty easy to understand. Miyamoto added that these challenges will encourage players to practice with the game and try to beat their high scores.
“So the basic premise this time was, we started by wanting to make a Mario game that you play one-handed. And if you think about Mario games up until now, generally Mario games are very simple and anyone can play them. But as you get deeper into the mechanics it gets more challenging. For some people, they have a hard time running, using the ‘B’ button to dash, or jumping while trying to run and dash at the same time. So the approach we took was, “How can we take that essence of the simplicity of Mario and bring it to mobile devices?” And that meant thinking about a game that would run automatically, on its own, but where there’s still the challenge of jumping and things like that, that are uniquely Mario.
“We’ve also prepared the battle mode, as you saw, and this is really geared toward people who just have a few minutes to play. It’s a short mode you can play very quickly. And the other thing is we’re bringing in a number of elements that add skill and technique. As you get better at those skills and techniques, you’ll have a lot of motivation to compete for high scores and things like that.” — Shigeru Miyamoto
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