Iconic as Mario might be, even the little plumber is not safe from the trolls of the internet.

Nintendo’s endless runner Super Mario Run released last week for Apple iPhone and iPad has not been as successful as many anticipated with the game receiving a 2.5 star rating on the App Store.

Users have taken to the App Store to complain about myriad issues including the game’s need to constantly be online, the price and crashes. As we reported last week the game requires a persistent internet connection.

“Not everyone has lots of data for every level to load. Love the super [sic] Mario games. This is a huge disappointment,” wrote one user leaving the game with a 1-star review and a wish they could give it “zero stars”.

“For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us. And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we’re able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment,” Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto told Mashable.

There also seems to be another factor at play here: piracy.

In a report by Business Insider, it is alleged that those experiencing game crashes and a failure to connect might be attempting to play the game on a jailbroken iPhone which allows users to circumvent the measures Apple puts in place to protect users and developers to get free apps. Of course this is just speculation at this point until Nintendo releases a statement and some users have said the game is crashing on a legitimate iPhone.

Super Mario Run is free, in a sense. The first three levels are free after which you need to pay to play the full game.

The cost of outrage

Following the spate of negative reviews the game has received, Nintendo’s share price fell and opened trading on Monday 7% lower than it closed on Friday.

The firm has managed to gain a bit of ground but things are not looking good at this point in time. It is unclear what inspired this sharp dip in the share price and until Nintendo releases a statement, the why is very much speculation.

As Business Insider points out, anybody who downloads the game can leave a review, one doesn’t actually have to buy it which puts Nintendo in the precarious position where the users are now seemingly able to affect the share price with a simple 1-star review.

[Via – Business Insider] [Image – CC BY SA 2.0 sylaf]