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Mario on an iPhone? It works

FUN RUN Nintendo’s first Mario game for iPhones and iPads proves the firm can create fun on mobile gadgets

THIS WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO happen. For years, fans had pleaded, cajoled and bully-ragged Nintendo to put Mario on smartphones. And for years, the masterminds behind some of gaming’s most enduring franchises simply refused. Until Dec. 15, when Nintendo released Super Mario Run (free to try, $9.99 for full access),

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