receive the gold coins you collected during the run. If you lose,
the Toads that came to cheer for you leave your Kingdom.
Gold Coins &
Gold coins are used as cur-
rency in Super Mario Run. You
can use those coins to buy
items in the Store and then
you can place those items in
your Kingdom wherever you
like. As you win Rallies and
gather Toads, the different
colors of Toads are sorted
into groups and tallied. As
you continue to bring Toads to
your Kingdom, you level up,
which unlocks special items in
the Store and slowly restores
your castle to its former glory.
You can see what the castle
originally looked like at any
time by tapping on the castle itself. Once you reach level 20,
the castle reaches its maximum expansion. The thing I love
about that seemingly annoying paywall at the beginning of
Super Mario Run is that it’s the only real money you spend on
the game. Once you pay the ten, there’s no advertising to buy
more coins or Rally tickets.
From the main screen
in Super Mario Run, you’ll
see Friends in the upper left
corner. Here, you’ll see four
options: Accept, Link, Invite,
and Add. When you add a
friend (which is done by tap-
ping Add and entering their
Player ID), you can tap on
their avatar to view their stats
(such as how many gold coins
and Toads they have or how
many Rallies they’ve won).
You can also have a Friendly
Run, which is basically a
practice race against a friend.
You have a limited number
of Friendly Races, based on
how many Worlds you've de-
feated. When you play in Tour,
you'll also be able to see who has the best score among your
friends for each level. Sometimes, your friends will appear as
an option when playing Rally; that is not the same as a Friend-
ly Race since you'll receive coins and Toads.
From the main screen in Super Mario Run, you’ll see My
Nintendo in the upper right
corner. If you have (or create)
a My Nintendo account, you
can link it to Super Mario Run
and use your Mii as your icon.
This will also allow your Super
Mario Run data to be stored
on Nintendo’s servers so that
if you accidentally delete the
game from your phone, your
progress won’t be lost. Last,
but not least, you receive
special missions that when
completed give you Points,
which can be exchanged for
extra gold coins, Rally tickets,
items, and the character Toad.
Beating the Game
Many people think beating the game is just a matter of
completing all the levels. If that’s all you plan to do, then paying ten dollars for a game is going to feel a little steep. However, truly beating Super Mario Run requires much more effort
than that. Along with completing all six worlds, you need to
gather all 120 pink, 120 purple, and 120 black coins from those
worlds. This, in and of itself, is a feat. You also need to unlock
all the items in the Store, collect all five rainbow bridges, and
reach the current max level: Level 20.
In the future, I expect Nintendo will release further updates
that expand what it takes to beat the game. I expect they’ll
add another round of worlds, complete with more items to
unlock and rainbow bridges to build. I also expect Nintendo to
include another paywall when the world of Super Mario Run
expands, which I personally wouldn’t mind. In conclusion, this
game was worth every penny to me, and I’m excited to see
what Nintendo has in store for us next.
You can access more tips from within the game by
tapping Menu, opening your Notebook, and
selecting Tips & Tricks.
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