Praise is important in the video game world. From fans, to critics, to just casual gamers who see something they believe in is amazing, hearing the praise from people can let you know you’re doing something right. Or in contrast, not hearing it can tell you you’re doing something wrong.
For Nintendo, their latest title Super Mario Run has been an interesting mix of praise and criticism. On one hand, the game has been bought and downloaded over 40 million times. And that was just in its first few days, it’s likely much higher than that right now. However, while critical praise has been well documented, there have been some faults thrown at the game.
Some criticize its length, saying it’s far too short for an “Endless Runner”. Others didn’t like that the game was $10, which is very high compared to many mobile titles. Finally, many were disappointed that you had to have an internet connection to play every mode in the game.
Despite all this though, praise is still coming for Super Mario Run, and today, it came from a very unlikely source in Naughty Dog; a massively popular developer for Sony. Specifically, the Creative Director for the studio, Neil Druckmann, who has not only has played the game a lot, he apparently got everything you can get in it as he revealed in a Tweet, along with a pic to prove his prowess at the game:
“All coins acquired! First time a mobile game is one of my favorite games of the year. #mariorun”
That is pretty impressive, and for him, a man who helped make the Uncharted games and The Last of Us, to call this one of his favorite games of the year, that’s very high praise indeed.
What did you think of Super Mario Run? Was it good? Was it bad? Did you get as far as Neil Druckmann did? Let us know!