Nintendo's "Super Mario Run" has just disappeared from the iOS App Store and this left Google Play Store as the only point of distribution. The said hit game is considered as the Japanese gaming giant's first official venture into mobile content and users across the globe were surprised that they can no longer have the game on the iOS App Store.
Because of this, Apple Insider claimed that either Nintendo or Apple was the one who implicitly pulled the "Super Mario Run" from its App Store just yesterday. Apart from not showing up in App Store searches for smaller regional markets found on Nintendo's availability web page, the game is likewise not accessible in key markets like the UK and U.S.
Despite the unavailability of "Super Mario Run" as of the moment, this can still be downloaded and purchased in Japan which is considered as the domestic market of Nintendo. Because of this, some reports released reasons as to the game's unavailability in the App Store.
It was then claimed that the abrupt takedown seems to be linked to an issue with the latest iOS build of Nintendo. Further, it was also reported that this does not mean a complete removal of the franchise since it can still be observed that App Store still has "Super Mario Run" stickers for Messages. Besides, the Android version of the game can still be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
Just like the launching of the iPhone 7 last year, the "Super Mario Run" was also unveiled on stage by Shigeru Miyamoto, a popular game maker and in December, the game was released. Even if the game was introduced with side-scrolling titles as well as attractive gameplay, Nintendo Life reported that the users complained regarding the monetary scheme of the game's provider which requires users to pay a one-time $9.99 fee in order to access the entire game world.
Even if "Super Mario Run" has a sharp pricing, the game was able to generate 40 million downloads during its first week of availability. Then in just a month, Nintendo claimed that the game was able to log 6 billion yen or $53 million in sales.