‘Pokémon Go’ debuts on Apple Watch, ‘Super Mario’ leaps on iPhones, iPads

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‘Pokémon Go’ debuts on Apple Watch as ‘Super Mario’ leaps on iPhones, iPads
Nintendo Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto stands next to the Super Mario character during an Apple media event in San Francisco, California, U.S. September 7, 2016. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach

Japanese-designed video games are expanding to iOS devices this year as Niantic’s “Pokémon Go” gets Apple Watch support while Nintendo’s “Super Mario” debuts on iPhones and iPads.

During the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 launch Wednesday,  Apple COO Jeff Williams announced that the popular augmented reality game “Pokémon Go” will be integrated to the players’ Apple Watch before the year ends. The “Pokémon Go” Apple Watch App will alert players about nearby Pokémon waiting to be caught while logging the gameplay as a workout.

Meanwhile, Nintendo’s “Super Mario Run” mobile video game will be available for download on iPhone and iPad in more than 100 countries by December. “Super Mario Run” will be launched through Apple’s App Store but Nintendo said an Android version of the video game would be available eventually.

“Super Mario” creator Shigeru Miyamoto announced the video game’s arrival to iOS devices during the Apple Event in California, saying “Mario is running toward his next goal: iPhone.”

“Super Mario Bros” is considered as among the most successful video game series of all time since its 1985 release. But in the iOS video game, Mario is constantly moving and his movements on the gameplay depend on the players’ tapping motion.

According to Nintendo, there are three different game modes to play in “Super Mario Run.” Players need to navigate challenging course while collecting coins on the first mode. The second mode challenges players to compete with other players to impress Toads. Finally, players in the third mode get to create their own Mushroom Kingdom using coins and Toads collected from the previous game modes.

Nintendo co-designed the "Pokémon Go" mobile video game with Niantic.

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