'Super Mario Run' Android release date coming this week; what to expect

(Nintendo)Nintendo announces the release of "Super Mario Run" on Android on Thursday, March 23.

Android users can finally enjoy playing "Super Mario Run" on their devices starting this week.

After introducing the side-scrolling video game for iOS devices in December 2016, Nintendo will officially release "Super Mario Run" on Thursday, March 23. It will come with the game's version 2.0.0 update.

The game studio made the announcement through a Twitter update. The post also encourages Android users to pre-register at the Google Play Store for the game prior to its release.

"Super Mario Run" can be downloaded for free, but it will only provide access to the first three levels of the game. To be able to enjoy the rest of what the auto-running video game has to offer, players need to pay $9.99 to be able to unlock all of its courses.

Express UK reports that the game just reached a major milestone with more than 50 million downloads since its release on iOS in December, with at least 40 million downloads recorded just four days after its official launch date. This prompted Nintendo to reward players with 10 Rally Tickets for the Toad mode.

The game studio opted to delay the release of the game on Android to prevent piracy issues, as confirmed by game creator Shigeru Miyamoto in an interview with Mashable in December.

"The security element is one of the reasons that we decided to go with iPhone and iOS first," Miyamoto stated. "We wanted to be able to leverage that network connection with all three of the [Super Mario Run] modes to keep all of the modes functioning together and offering the game in a way that keeps the software secure. This is something that we want to continue to work on as we continue to develop the game."

Nintendo has yet to reveal the official time for the release of "Super Mario Run" on Thursday.

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