Shares in Nintendo jumped again today as anticipation around its Super Mario mobile game builds

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Nintendo's shares were up 3.65 per cent today (Source: Getty)

With the release of its hotly anticipated Super Mario iPhone game slated for next week, Nintendo's shares have got a power-star boost.

Shares surged as much as five per cent immediately following the announcement of the game's release to Apple's App Store on 15 December.

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Today, the gaming company's shares were up 3.65 per cent to 29,255.

The plucky plumber has helped the Nikkei make record gains today as it hit its highest level in a year.

The benchmark Nikkei gained 1.1 per cent to 18,970.98, after earlier jumping to 18,983.47, the highest it's been since December 2015. The rise was aided by a strong showing on Wall Street as the weaker yen led investors to scoop up bellwether stocks like Nintendo.

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That came after the Japanese firm's share had a rather confused reaction to the Pokemon Go craze this summer - having soared at first, they fell back as the company said the game would have a limited impact on its bottom line.

Super Mario Run will be available for $9.99 or €9.99 in 11 different languages, accessible in 151 countries - a change from Pokemon Go, which was free to download.

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