Super Mario Run, Nintendo's much-anticipated mobile game, will require an always-on internet connection, according to Nintendo.
"Online connectivity allows us to offer a variety of features and services that enhance the play experience. 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," Nontendo said.
For example, online connectivity allows players to access to other users' play data and scores for automatically generated Toad Rally challenges. In addition, in-game events such as new challenges and rewards are streamed, and gamers can also remain linked to their Nintendo Accounts to access saved data from multiple devices.
In addition, by requiring internet connectivity for the game, Nintendo says it "shields" the game against piracy.
Super Mario Run will be available for Apple iOS devices on December 15.