Great news! You can all finally shut the hell up about Pokémon Go, as Nintendo Mobile has announced a release date and price for Super Mario Run. The game, which marks Mario's first mobile outing and is noticeably less athletic than the aforementioned Pokémon Go, will hit non-exploding iOS devices Dec. 15 for the reasonable one-time cost of $9.99.
"The wait is almost over for a Super Mario game that can be played on mobile devices," Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said in a press release Monday. "Developed under the direction of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Super Mario Run brings a new take on the series’ beloved action-platforming gameplay to iPhone and iPad for the first time."
The game will feature three different modes, all of which can be tested by bargain-hunting players for free. Though Mario is plenty capable of running on his own without your annoying assistance, the tap of a finger is needed to help him leap over obstacles while bagging coins. The $9.99 charge grants users unlimited access to all three modes and is not recurring.
When Apple CEO Tim Cook first announced that Mario would be hitting the App Store back in September, Nintendo's money immediately started looking better than ever. U.S.-listed Nintendo shares jumped a hefty 28 percent following Cook's announcement, CNBC reported at the time.
"A new Mario game is likely to be popular not only among the kid/teen crowd but also among the older Millennial generation who grew up with the famous game," Jennifer Kent, director of market research firm Parks Associates, predicted. "Apple is hoping to recreate the Pokemon Go craze of the summer, which also leveraged an established gaming character and a sense of nostalgia to engage gamers from older demographics."