Luckily, the rules driving Super Mario Run are simple, and it’s built to be played in portrait view on your smartphone. Mario automatically runs across the screen from left to right, but he’s also smart enough to hurdle over small ledges and shorter enemies. Tapping on screen makes him jump, and longer presses make Mario jump even higher. Tapping the screen while he’s in mid-air allows Mario to delay his fall and get a little more hang time, similar to the same idea Nintendo introduced in the New Super Mario games on both Wii and Wii U. Mario's debut smartphone game also uses the same colorful art style as Nintendo's hit series.
To help us prepare for the inevitable launch of plenty of Mario games on the Wii U, take a look at these nine mockups of different Mario games created simply for this article. Remember, save for New Super Mario Bros. U, all of these games have not been announced, and we can safely assume they are not real.