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When’s Super Mario Run coming to Android? (update)

Millions and millions of users want to know, Nintendo


Super Mario Run is out now in hundreds of countries on iOS devices, which must be very nice for people with iPhones and iPads. Only own an Android phone? You’re out of luck: Nintendo hasn’t said when the game will be out on Android beyond sometime in 2017.

We’ve reached out to Nintendo to be just a little more specific about the Android launch window, to which a representative simply told Polygon that “information about that version will be revealed in the future.”

Since Super Mario Run made its global debut during a fall Apple event, it’s not surprising that the tech supergiant gets first dibs. Veteran designer Shigeru Miyamoto recently explained in an interview with Mashable that security was a big reason for the early Apple exclusivity.

“The security element is one of the reasons that we decided to go with iPhone and iOS first,” he said. “So this is just — based on the current development environment — a requirement that's been built into the game to support security and the fact that the three different modes are connecting to the network and interacting with one another.”

Android users don’t love being left in the lurch, though, especially when it’s up in the air how long they’ll be kept waiting for Mario’s first mobile game.

That wait was made more agonizing this morning, as iOS users tweeted about their anxiety to play Super Mario Run already. Nintendo neglected to say when on Dec. 15 the game would be available, and when it still wasn’t out by noon E.T., fans made their concerns loud and clear.

Android users, understandably, had little sympathy.

The game was out by 1 p.m. ET, however, to Apple hardware owners’ delight. Nintendo fans who don’t have an iOS device can continue playing Pokémon Go and Miitomo while they wait for Super Mario Run, at least. Your mileage may vary when it comes to whether that’s a consolation or not. Feel free to watch us play some of the game on an iPhone below too, if you can manage your jealousy.

Super Mario Run Live Gameplay

Super Mario Run live gameplay happening right now! Join Russ Frushtick as he plays along.

Posted by Polygon on Thursday, December 15, 2016

Update: We’ve added an official — and vague — response from Nintendo above about Android availability. We’ll continue to be on the lookout.

Update #2: Android users can now pre-register for Super Mario Run, although its release date still eludes us.

Update #3: Super Mario Run hits Android sometime in March, Nintendo announced.

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