Super Mario Run: Stop Whining.


Okay, so Super Mario Run is an officially licensed game coming to Apple.  It’s a beautiful idea, it’s Mario, running across stages, getting coins, but on a mobile device that is not a Nintendo device. This is a different situation than Pokémon Go, because that is not a Nintendo game. It’s a Niantic game, with Game Freak/The Pokémon Company’s blessing/support. Something like that. Super Mario Run is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. I’m so glad to see Nintendo branching out. I mean, they started as a card game company, and a hundred or so years later they became a video game company. It didn’t take quite as long to move out of their own devices, but it’s a fantastic idea. But people are raging that it “won’t be on Android” because it’s not coming out at the same time. But it will most likely be on Android too. Sorry Windows phones. Besides. . . It’s not coming out until goddamn DECEMBER! If it comes out on Android hopefully it’ll be early 2017. It would be a terrible move to isolate such a large part of the mobile gaming market by not developing for Android too, so I simply assume it will happen. It would be foolish on its face not to.


Some people simply don’t understand. When developing for an Apple device, you develop for pretty much all of them. They’re the same device all around and easier to develop for. But for Android? I actually brought this up at HiRez/Smite Worlds this year with a few of their higher ups. They explained to me something I should have known but did not quite realize. I use an Android phone. But almost every damn Android phone is different: Different specs, OS, screen size, et cetera. So you have to spend a lot of time figuring out exactly how that’s going to work. And they want to get the game out there so everyone can see it. It’s going to take a while for it to come to Android, but it will. Much like Jetpack Fighter by Hirez [go play it, seriously. Go do it.] was amazing and took a while to hit my poor ‘droid. But it will, and I am patient. You can be too. Don’t push any cars over or start fires.


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