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Beware Fake Super Mario Run Games on Android

Dave Parrack 16-12-2016

Super Mario Run is now available on iOS. However, right now it’s available exclusively on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, but not on Android. Which has prompted some clever ne’er-do-wells to offer fake versions of the game on Google Play to lure in unsuspecting Mario fans.


You can now download Super Mario Run from the iOS App Store. This endless runner starring everyone’s favorite plumber is free to try, but expensive to buy Super Mario Run Comes With a Hefty Price Tag Nintendo is finally bringing its famous mascot to mobile, with Super Mario Run landing on iOS in December. Unfortunately, while it's free to try, it's rather expensive to buy. Read More . Still, that hasn’t stopped 2.85 million people downloading Super Mario Run on day one, at least according to Apptopia.

This makes Super Mario Run even more of an instant hit than Pokemon Go, which enjoyed a hugely successful launch in July by racking up 900,000 downloads in 24 hours. Pokemon Go then trended upwards for quite a while before interest waned How to Give Up on Pokemon Go and Delete Your Account If you've decided that you don't have to catch 'em all, here's how to give up finding Pokemon for good. Read More . Only time will tell whether Super Mario Run faces a similar fate.

However, as interesting as all of this is, what’s more interesting is the rash of apps cropping up on Google Play purportedly connected to Super Mario Run in some way. Unfortunately, none of them are legit in any way, shape, or form because Super Mario Run isn’t available on Android, and won’t be until sometime in 2017!

Super Mario Doesn’t Run on Android

According to CNET, scammers are using two distinct methods to catch out Android users caught up in the Super Mario Run hype. The methods may differ, but the results are the same… Android users getting fooled into thinking they have an inside track on Super Mario Run.

The first involves offering up similarly named titles such as “Mario Run Jumper” and “Super Plumber Run”. The second involves apps promising to download and install the real Super Mario Run for you, even though it doesn’t yet exist on Android. Which means they’re spouting bullshine.


We’ll say it one last time for anyone who’s hard of hearing: Super Mario Run is an iOS exclusive right now, and isn’t available on Android. So if you either see an app masquerading as Super Mario Run or claiming to offer access to the game, just ignore it and move on with your day.

Have you downloaded Super Mario Run on iOS yet? If so, what do you think of it? Are you happy to pay the asking price required to access the full game? If you’re an Android user, how do you feel about not being able to play Super Mario Run until next year? Have you seen one of these bogus apps on the Google Play Store? Please let us know in the comments below!

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