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'Super Mario Run' brings vaunted franchise to mobile phones

'Super Mario Run' brings vaunted franchise to mobile phones

This week sees the return of two vaunted pop-culture landmarks that reigned during the 1980s. “Super Mario Run,” the latest spin-off of the “Super Mario Bros.” series now available on Apple’s mobile devices, is poised to be one of the biggest games of 2016. 

It’s landing at a time when “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is set to own the holiday box office. Like all things “Star Wars,” Mario  also endures. 

Generations, now three of them, come and go, and yet Mario continues running, jumping and consuming mushrooms of questionable origin. Times change, but there is Mario, a proudly plump plumber helplessly watching his princess get kidnapped by a dinosaur-like...

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