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Super Mario Run Beginner’s Guide: 10 Tips Ever Player Should Know

Out to prove that he is still the king of games, Mario enters the world of mobile games in Super Mario Run! This game combines classic elements from the original Super Mario games with modern gameplay. Just because the game is optimized for mobile devices, don’t assume that you can get away with just lazily swiping around on the screen. Staying true to its roots, the game has a lot of skill-based levels where you need time your moves perfectly if you want to succeed. There are four different game modes: World Tour, Toad Rally, Kingdom Builder, and the latest addition, Remix 10. You can try out each of these modes even before you purchase the complete game. Upon purchasing the game, you will be able to unlock all modes and content without any additional payments. Before you jump into the game, make sure you check out our Super Mario Run beginner’s guide for success!

1. Link Your My Nintendo Account To The Game

When you play the game for the first time, you will be asked to link your My Nintendo account. If you don’t have one, you can quickly sign up by using your Facebook or Twitter account. Don’t pass up the chance to link a My Nintendo account because it gives you access to additional content that cannot be unlocked any other way.

2. Master The Controls

Since the game is optimized for mobile devices, there are a few differences with how you can control Mario compared to his other platform games. In this game, he will automatically run forward and jump over small obstacles. You won’t need to control him if there is a small gap or low obstacle in the way. Of course, you will need to control him eventually if you want to grab goodies along the way or if he comes across some of the more dangerous enemies in the game.

Tapping on the screen will make Mario execute a normal jump. If you want him to do a high jump, you will need to press and hold your finger on the screen. Sometimes, you will need to spin in mid-air to hit an enemy. To do that, just perform a high jump then tap on the screen while you are in the air. If you need to change directions, you need to jump off a wall. Just tap on the screen just as Mario is about to hit a wall to jump off it. If you need to float for a short time, you just need swipe left while in mid-air.

3. Collect All Challenge Coins

Each level in the game has three sets of challenge coins. These are pink or purple coins that are positioned in the map in such a way that you would need to execute some complicated maneuvers in order to get them. At first, you will need to collect the pink challenge coins. Upon collecting them all, new blocks will appear on the map and purple coins will replace the pink ones. Purple coins will be a lot more difficult to pick up. Collecting these coins add replay value to each stage as they continuously change how you play the same map over and over.

4. Know The Action Objects

There are several different objects in the game that you can interact with. Knowing how each one works is crucial to your success. If you can use these objects strategically, you will be able to complete each level quicker. We have listed them along with their descriptions below.

Pause Block

This one stops Mario from moving. Remember, he automatically runs forward on his own, so the ability to make him stop can help buy you more time to figure out what your next move is.

Launch Block

This is one of the objects that require the player to activate it manually. If you just run over a launch block, nothing will happen. You need to tap on it just as Mario is crossing it. It will launch you in the air, towards the direction of the arrow. If the arrow is pointing towards the opposite direction, he will run in reverse.


Jumping on a springboard will throw Mario towards a specific direction. Use these when you want to grab some hard to reach items in the air.

Red Ring

Running through a red ring will make red coins disappear. Red coins cost more than regular coins so you will want to grab a lot of it. The red coins will only stay on the screen for about five seconds so make sure you pick up as many as you can before time runs out!

Super Star

Stars work somewhat the same way in this game as they do in the classic Mario games. You will become invincible while the super star is active, and it will automatically draw coins towards you for a limited time.


Switches control certain platforms in the game. Hit a switch and carefully observe the platform it controls. Don’t just randomly activate a switch without considering its effect because you may end up losing your footing.

P Switch

When you see a blue switch with the letter P on it, step on it without any hesitation. It will turn all blocks into coins when you activate it. Make sure you pick up as many coins as you can while the P switch is active!

Time Extender

As the name suggests, a Time Extender adds a few seconds to your countdown timer. Remember, you will fail the level if you run out of time. A Time Extender will help you stay in the game longer.

5. Beat Up The Bosses

When you finish the last level in one world, you will come face to face with a boss. You will have to beat that boss before you can unlock the next world. The first boss you encounter is Bowser, Mario’s nemesis. As with the classic games, you just need to get past him so you can grab the axe on the other side of the bridge and drop Bowser into the boiling lava. The second boss who will try to stop you is Boom Boom. Just jump on his head a few times and he will go down. While these instructions sound pretty simple, keep in mind that they are not called bosses for nothing. Make sure your character is fully powered up before you go into that boss battle.

6. How To Win Toad Rallies

The Road Rally mode is a multiplayer mode where you can compete against other players. You will need to complete a level while racing against a ghost version of yourself. When you finish the level, your points will be tallied according to the number of coins you collected as well as the number of tricks you executed. The player with the most points will win the game. When you win, Toads will join your kingdom, helping you expand. If you lose, some of your existing Toads will get disappointed and leave you. Make sure you avoid losing at all costs!

Try to impress the Toads by performing complicated maneuvers during the Toad Rally. Getting more Toad fans is important so you can unlock new buildings and decoration. If you do not feel confident in your skills yet, then just make sure you do not die during a run. Dying during a Toad Rally will make you lose followers.

7. Activate A Coin Rush

A coin rush is a good opportunity to earn some extra money in the game. Just fill up the coin rush meter as you play the game. You can do this by collecting coins, including challenge coins. Once full, you will be able to activate a coin rush where you can pick up a whole bunch of coins in the process. Don’t forget to activate the coin rush as soon as it becomes available.

8. Build Your Kingdom

One of the most fun modes in this game is the Kingdom Builder. It allows you to buy buildings and decorations for customizing your own kingdom. You will need Toad residents if you want to be able to build your town so make sure you play a few games of Toad Rally first. You can fit up to eight buildings and 12 decorations on the initial map. If you want to expand the map, you will need to build a rainbow bridge that connects different continents This will allow you to place even more buildings.

There is more to building structures in this mode. Having the right structures can improve your relationship with certain characters. You can also build houses that attract characters like Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi. They all have unique skills which you can use to your advantage in the game.

9. How To Unlock More Characters

There are several different playable characters in the game aside from Mario. These characters have skills that can help change the way you play the game. Listed below are some of the characters that you can unlock, and how you can get them.

Mario – He is the default character of your game. You won’t need to unlock him.

Luigi – Build Luigi’s house to attract him to your kingdom.

Princess Peach – Unlock her by rescuing her from Bowser. You can do this by completing all the stages in World Tour.

Yoshi – Unlock him by building a Yoshi-themed structure. These structures can summon different Yoshi that can be played. Unlock them all in order to gain some advantages in the tournament.

Toadette – Unlocking her requires that you build her house. The house is a little bit more complicated to have 200 Toads of each color before you can build it.

Toad – Just link your My Nintendo account and you will automatically acquire Toad.

Daisy – She is the princess of Sarasaland. You can unlock her by reaching, and completing, the 30th level of Remix 10.

10. Earn Medals In Remix 10

Remix 10 is the game’s newest mode. You can earn up to three medals in each level. Collect as many medals as you can because these can exchange them for prizes. You have the chance to win every decoration or building in the game. Of course, special buildings are not included in the prize pool. You will still need the support of the Toad population if you want to unlock buildings that attract new characters.

Playing Super Mario Run can be a lot of fun but it can also be very challenging. Just don’t forget any of the tips and tricks listed above and you will be fine. You can learn more about the game by heading over to our Super Mario Run ultimate guide, which comes with a big list of tips and tricks. We also advise fellow players to check out our other Super Mario Run guides on how to win Toad Rallies, as well as hints on how to collect more coins in the game.