Up to nine players can play Runbow simultaneously. In an asymmetric mode, one player can control the Color Master who has the power to change the colors of the background manually while the others play the game as usual. Various modes like Last Man Standing and King of the Hill are supported.
The support for 9 players is reached via a unique method of utilizing Wii Remotes, Nunchuks and Classic Controllers in a clever way that allows the game to be played by people using the Wii Remote that is tethered to a Nunchuk or a Classic Controller as an independent input device. This also allows the game to be played by using just a Nunchuk while the other player uses the Wii Remote connected to that Nunchuk sideways. The Wii U Pro Controller is also supported.
Physical releases of Runbow and Runbow Pocket, titled Runbow Deluxe Edition and Rubow Pocket Deluxe Edition, include the full game plus DLC.