Finally. Super Mario Run for Android pre-register sign-up page is now live on Google Play. Here’s what you need to know.

Its iOS exclusivity was always likely to be for a limited period of time, and now we have our biggest indication yet that Super Mario Run will be coming to Android sooner rather than later after a Google Play Store entry for the game popped up, complete with the option for pre-registration to download the game as soon as it’s made available.

The requirement for an Internet connection at all times has caused the game and Nintendo to come in for some hardy criticism and that criticism even saw Nintendo’s stock value being impacted during the release window. Issues aside though, the arrival of Super Mario Run on Android devices is one that will surely excite gamers and we can’t wait for it to arrive.

When it does arrive, whenever that may be, it appears that the game will unfortunately keep the same requirement of constant Internet connectivity which Nintendo has confirmed is a stab at preventing piracy.

The same business model will also be used, with the game initially free to download but with a $10 in-app purchase required should anyone want to go beyond the initial offering of just a handful of levels. $10 isn’t a lot to pay for a game, let alone one featuring the little Italian plumber, but we still expect Nintendo to take some flak for that.