Nintendo has confirmed that Super Mario Run will require an internet connection at all times.
“For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us,” Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto said to Mashable. “And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we’re able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment.”
“We wanted to be able to leverage that network connection… to keep all of the modes functioning together and offering the game in a way that keeps the software secure,” Miyamoto continued. “This is something that we want to continue to work on as we continue to develop the game.”
Nintendo later released a statement trying to sell the advantages of an ever-present online connection.
“Online connectivity allows us to offer a variety of features and services that enhance the play experience,” the statement reads. “Super Mario Run is not a static experience, but rather one that players can continue to return to again and again to enjoy something new and unexpected.”
The statement pointed to online leaderboards and easy saves. While Super Mario Run can be played on multiple devices — as an example, an iPhone and then an iPad — using the same save, multiple devices cannot play from the same save at the same time.