Users familiar with the Android operating system know that downloading and installing an APK (Android application package) can give access to mobile apps well before it is officially released on the Google Play Store. But if you happen to come across an APK for Super Mario Run for Android on the Internet, you’re better off staying away, as it is probably malware.
Back in September, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto joined Apple’s Tim Cook to announce that Super Mario Run will exclusively launch for iOS on December 15th. With all the hype surrounding Nintendo’s first Mario game on smartphones, some Android users have scoured the internet in search of an APK file. However, what they found was malware posing as an Android version of the popular iOS exclusive.
Numerous websites like apkreal, KO Player and apkpure claim that it allows users with specific Android devices to play the game. But it turns out that these files are actually viruses that will cause your smartphone or tablet to malfunction.
Super Mario Run takes about 370MB of storage and requires a constant Internet connection to work. The demo is free to download, but comes with a steep one-time in-app purchase of Rs 620 which will give users access to the full game.
Reports say that the game was downloaded over 10 million times in a single day (December 15) which racked up about $4 million in consumer purchases.
As of now, Nintendo has not yet announced any plans to release the game for Android. Even if they do, it is highly recommended that users wait for the official release on the Google Play Store.