NINTENDO have yet to confirm the Super Mario Run UK release date on Android, but in the meantime, a handful of websites are offering Android APKs for the must-have mobile game. But this is why you really shouldn't download or install any of them.
EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS • NINTENDO
Super Mario Run is not yet available on Android devices
But while those with access to the Apple App Store are sitting pretty, the Android UK release date for the game is still up in the air.
Since it is not on the Google Play Store, many users have taken to searching for an APK file for Nintendo's first mobile Mario game.
For those who don't know, APK install files are like .exe files on Windows, and let phone owners install applications and games on their Android devices without having to go through the Google Play Store. But be warned – Super Mario Run does not yet exist for Android.
Since Nintendo has yet to push-out Super Mario Run to the Google Play Store, these APK databases are almost always fake.
Websites, like KPPlayer.com, are offering APK files for the unreleased Android mobile game
Shady websites claiming to have early – and free – access to the files are using the popularity of the game to trick people into downloading malware.
The webpage claims that downloading the APK files will enable you to play Super Mario Run on a Samsung Galaxy, or LG V20, or Google Pixel.
Vice President of Research for app security company Axran, Aaron Lint told GamesBeat: "As Nintendo’s second foray into mobile gaming with one of their lead franchises, Super Mario Run is immediately going to be a prime target for attackers trying to exploit its code – especially with the number of users which will be downloading this game.
"Just as with the previous smash hit Pokémon Go, we anticipate the appearance of corrupted fake apps used to spread malware."