Are fake Twitter accounts knocking Super Mario Run?


By Reinier Macatangay

Super Mario Run is not the greatest game in the long and storied series. The shortcomings are arguably by design, as Nintendo does not want to give the complete Mario experience on a competitor’s hardware.

Despite the limited nature of a “run” title though, the game has received positive reviews after its release on iOS this week. On the flip side, a few other commenters, mostly on Twitter, are making noticeable complaints over the price.

Are the accounts real? It is a legitimate question to ask. Fake news is a huge topic these days, especially after the election. No one would be surprised to see Twitter accounts making fake criticisms either.

For example, one user wrote, “You have to pay $10 for anything after the 3rd level on #SuperMarioRun?”

Look closer at the profile. Underneath the username, the description reads, “if you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.” Going further, most of the status updates are vague, nonsensical sentences. No one in the gaming community follows him either. Not convinced? Let’s click on a few more of these accounts and match the pattern.

Another user declared, “10$ to save peach?? she can die.”

To match the previous example, this user will need a description underneath his username which does not make sense, and it does not. The description says, “; hunter is worth it.” Gaming accounts do not follow him as well. How about his other posts? The majority of the tweets are either vague or do not make sense.

Time for one more example.

This girl wrote mockingly, “I love the new #SuperMarioRun” before proceeding to show screencaptures of her deleting the game and playing the older New Super Mario Bros. for the DS instead.

The description for the profile states, “sc-nbeckyh.”

Plus, the most recent post on her account also declares, “Group facetime!!! What a time to be alive.”

Facetime is great, for those with an iPhone, but who becomes that excited over it? Is it that special?

Sure, social media users get excited sometimes, but when posts seem short, vague or do not otherwise make sense, and are accompanied by an excessive use of exclamation points, then the account might not be real.

Yet, the user in question managed to craft a semi-clever anti-Super Mario Run post with her sequence of pictures going from deleting the game on iOS to reverting back to a DS cartridge and console.

The last question is, who is ordering these fake criticisms of the Super Mario Run price (if they are indeed fake)? Yes, the game is a little expensive at $9.99, but considering it is Mario the price is not that controversial.

Also, given the world is watching since Mario does not normally appear outside Nintendo consoles, the game is likely decent enough (for a running game) to meet the minimum expectations for the pricetag.

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