Nintendo Latest News & Update: Super Mario Run Debut Drops; Super Mario Run Clones Flooding In Google Play Store
"Nintendo Company" dropped in Tokyo as the debut of Super Mario run was met by lukewarm reviews. The stock tumbled 4.4 percent as of 10:36 a.m. on Monday, bringing its losses since the game's debut last week to 8.4 percent. Nintendo's partner "DeNA Company," which helped with the game's development, has dropped 12.4 percent in the same period.
The title, which for now is only available for "Apple Inc." devices, had nearly 50,000 reviews in the U.S. App Store, with an average rating of two and a half stars out of five. That's among the lowest for apps at the top of download rankings and below other popular smartphone games like Clash Royale, Candy Crush Saga and Pokemon Go. "Nintendo" has been criticized for the cost of the game, which is free to download and play the first three levels but costs $10 for the full version.
"Investor expectations were very strong; there are a lot of people writing on the App Store that Super Mario Run isn't very fun, perhaps expectations were too high," as stated by Hideki Yasuda an analyst at Ace Research Institute.
Due to its low rating, a massive influx of Super Mario Run clones which started appearing on "Google Play Store." Knockoff games include the likes of Super Plumber Run, Mario Run Jumper, and other apps titled similarly to Nintendo's hit game. Nintendo has yet to issue any comments on this situation.
The "Japanese Entertainment Company" announced that "Super Mario Run" will be first seen on iOS due to piracy concerns. Nintendo is extremely worried about mobile piracy which is why the company chose to release Super Mario Run as a free-to-play demo with a one-time $9.99 in-app purchase.
Nintendo is expected to announce more details on the Android version of "Super Mario Run" in early 2017.