A portion of a Mashable interview with Shigeru Miyamoto...
M: I learned today that Super Mario Run requires an internet connection to play. What's the reason for that? Are there any thoughts about an offline mode?
SM: For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us. 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.
We wanted to be able to leverage that network connection with all three of the [Super Mario Run] modes to keep all of the modes functioning together and offering the game in a way that keeps the software secure. This is something that we want to continue to work on as we continue to develop the game.
But actually, the security element is one of the reasons that we decided to go with iPhone and iOS first. So this is just — based on the current development environment — a requirement that's been built into the game to support security and the fact that the three different modes are connecting to the network and interacting with one another.
We had thought at one point that it would be nice to have the World Tour [story] mode available standalone, to be able to play without that connection. But then the challenge is when that's operating in a standalone mode, it actually complicates the connection back to the Toad Rally and Kingdom modes. And because those two modes are relying on the network save, we had to integrate the World Tour mode as well.
M: Just to be clear: When you say "security," you mean the risk of piracy, right?
SM: That's correct.
Unlike our dedicated game devices, the game is not releasing in a limited number of countries. We're launching in 150 countries and each of those countries has different network environments and things like that. So it was important for us to be able to have it secure for all users.
To celebrate the new release, Miitomo is running a special: As a special one-time offer, if you purchase 1,000 Miitomo Coins, you will receive 4,000 additional Miitomo Coins for free. (Coins usable only in Miitomo.)
If there's an item you've had your eye on, this is a good chance to get it!
1. All users get in-app Mario and Luigi items!
Not only are the Mario cap and Mario suit back, but you still have time to get the newly introduced Luigi cap and Luigi suit. And better yet, we're giving them to all Miitomo™ players for free!
2. Super Mario Run items available in Miitomo Drop!
You'd better run if you want these Super Mario Run wallpaper and flooring items!
3. Little Goomba, Little Boo buddy, and more available in the Miitomo Shop!
Visit the Miitomo Shop and pick up a Boo or Goomba to keep by your side. Plus, dress for the occasion with a Super Mario Run varsity jacket!
And don't forget: The following event is still going on!
Check out the following task to get your hands on in-app Mario wallpaper and flooring:
• Explore the new messaging feature by sending an receiving messages.
Sensor Tower is following the title’s launch closely, especially in light of the unparalleled success of Pokémon GO, a property partly owned and closely associated with Nintendo. As we await the first download and revenue figures from our Store Intelligence platform, our Mobile Insights team forecasts that Super Mario Run stands to cap off a historic year for iOS game launches by earning more than $71 million in worldwide gross revenue ($50 million net) during its first month of availability in its launch countries (which do not include China).
This would place Super Mario Run among the top five grossing iOS games of all time based on first month revenue. Furthermore, we estimate the game will be downloaded more than 50 million times worldwide in its first month, a figure approximately 56 percent larger than Pokémon GO’s estimated 32 million first month downloads on iOS.
Packed house to see Mr. Miyamoto talk Super Mario Run at the Apple Store in SoHo. pic.twitter.com/UhhzTwiutX— Kit Ellis (@kitosan) December 8, 2016
You know that old saying about how you shouldn't meet your heroes? I wish everyone could meet Shigeru Miyamoto. He's the best. pic.twitter.com/PBfBkwi5Qi— Kit Ellis (@kitosan) December 8, 2016
Looks like WWE's Xavier Woods stopped by the event to share some kind words with Mr. Miyamoto. I am so jealous I couldn't attend!
Welcome to Today's BIG Story for Dec. 8th, 2016. It's Super Mario Run madness! The internet has exploded with coverage from all corners, and we're here to round it up for you!