It a bit of news that will surely shift the value proposition of
Mario’s long-awaited iPhone debut for legions of underground
commuters, Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed this week that Super
Mario Run will only work on a device with a constant internet
The legendary game creator chalked up the decision to security
concerns, fears that an offline mode would make the game unstable
and open it up to piracy. Those worries are likely due in no small
part to the fact that Nintendo simply isn’t accustomed to
developing games for platforms it doesn’t have on lock-down.
“Unlike our dedicated game devices, the game is not releasing in a
limited number of countries,” Miyamoto explained. “We’re launching
in 150 countries and each of those countries has different network
environments and things like that. So it was important for us to
be able to have it secure for all users.”
Other than when I’m on a plane or riding a subway, my phone does have network access most of the time. But people on planes and subways do play games on their phone.