Super Mario and Pokemon GO dominates Apple Event coverage

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an event to announce new products on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

When Apple talks, their fans listen. And all ears were on Apple Wednesday for their Apple Event.

After announcing that Apple Music has 17 million subscribers and that there have been 140 billion total App Store downloads, CEO Tim Cook delivered a surprise.

(AP) The video game character Mario is coming to iPhones. CEO Tim Cook said the popular Japanese game had been missing until now.

Shigeru Miyamoto, described as the “Father of Mario” from Nintendo, said through a translator that “Super Mario Runs” is designed to be played one-handed — while holding a handle on the subway, eating a hamburger or . eating an apple.

Miyamoto didn’t announce the price, but said the game will sell for a fixed price, so you won’t have to keep ponying up as you advance through the game.

Nintendo has long resisted bringing Mario to mobile phones, instead relying on the character to bolster demand for its own hand-held DS gaming systems.

The event in San Francisco on Wednesday started with video showing TV host James Corden driving to the event and bantering with Cook about how he ought to wear a suit made of apples. As Cook walked on stage, he puts on the funny glasses from the ride, then shook his head and threw them offstage.

Next was an announcement on iWork, which appears to want to compete with Google Docs.

Back in the gaming world, Apple announced that Pokemon Go will be invading your Apple Watch by the end of the year.

Also announced was the Apple Watch 2, which you can apparently go swimming with in addition to catching Pikachus.

And like the Apple Watch 2, the iPhone7 will be water resistant and will have better battery life.

The camera on iPhone7 will be vastly improved.

The lack of a headphone jack on the iPhone7 was discussed…

…along with the wireless headphones called Apple AirPods that are coming out that Apple hopes you enjoy.

The iPhone7 will start at $649 for the 32GB version. The biggest version? 256GB. Yes. 256 gigabites.

You can pre-order it now, or wait outside of Apple Stores with other iFans on Sept. 16.

The Associated Press contributed to this feature.

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