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  • Mario Clone Reaches #6 in App Store Before Being Pulled


    App developer, FeiYingInfo today snuck through Monino, what is quite possibly the most blatant example of copyright infringement that you’re likely to see any time soon. Although Monino appears at first glance to be a genuine Nintendo game, featuring everyone’s favorite Italian plumber, it is in reality just a poor imitation of the beloved classic that we all grew up with as kids. Monino did, however, manage to reach number six on the list of top-selling paid apps in the App Store, before being pulled a few hours later. Not bad for a blatant rip-off with poor game play mechanics.

    But really, who wouldn’t want to play Mario on their iPhone? Everyone except Nintendo, that’s who. The fact that this game was approved at all is almost as amazing as the game itself. Whoever was responsible for approving this app obviously hasn’t played a video game in the last twenty years.

    The graphics in Monino look almost exactly the same as early Super Mario games, as does the sound effects and music. But, that’s where the similarities end. The game play is said to be quite awful and fails to capture the charm of the original title. Many App Store users only gave the game one star, with some wanting a refund of their $.99.

    Along with poor game play mechanics, the app also lacks that certain attention to detail that Nintendo is known for. The Goombas look terrible and Monino’s fireballs appear to be simple red circles. The game may look like Mario, but it doesn’t play like Mario.



    Hopefully, Nintendo will one day embrace Apple’s iOS and grace the system with their iconic plumber mascot. It will probably be a cold day in hell before this occurs, but stranger things have happened. With the demise of Sega consoles, their biggest mascot, Sonic has made the transition to just about every platform available today. Nintendo currently sees Apple as one of their biggest threats so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting Mario games to arrive just yet. If you really want to see Mario and pals on your iPhone, simply Jailbreak your iDevice and install one of the many emulator apps readily available. Then you can play Mario to your heart content, just keep an eye out for Nintendo.



    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Mario Clone Reaches #6 in App Store Before Being Pulled started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 90 Comments
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Couldn't this have been posted before it was removed? We all missed it! *mod edit: removed useless comment here*
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      Couldn't this have been posted before it was removed? We all missed it! (ps #1)
      Please don't quote paragraphs of writing to write two sentences. You can simply write your response...
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Not number 1, you are number 2(like everyone that posts on a news story)




      Since the gameplay is bad reviews I wouldn't want to try it.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      Couldn't this have been posted before it was removed? We all missed it! (ps #1)
      Dont worry, you arent missing anything. The game plays extremely slow and frustrating. Nothing like a real mario game.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Dont know whats worse! the game or the video.
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      I love stories like this. It's like the guy that breaks free from maximum security prison, knowing he will be hunted down on site... Yet everyone cheers him on, praying he'll get farther than the last guy.
    1. XxSOMEJ3WxX's Avatar
      XxSOMEJ3WxX -
      Tried looking for the ipa, but no one has it uploaded. lol
      I was actually kind of curious to see this and possibly play it.
      Oh well, back to the emulators. >:]
    1. Italia411's Avatar
      Italia411 -
      Can't or couldn't you at one time play an emulator on your iPhone of all your Nintendo classics?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Just play a Mario game on a Nintendo system.

      And why would anyone buy this piece of crap?
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Because ppl buy other cheap crap too and they prob thought it'd be just like mario.
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      I'm glad I didn't get it because now I know it sucked crap.


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    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Haha that's funny that someone let it through! I wonder if they thought it was a real Nintendo game?
    1. PolishHacker's Avatar
      PolishHacker -
      I don't know why you guys are complaining, if you want to play Mario just download the emulators from Cydia, the roms are pretty easy to find as well
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by PolishHacker View Post
      I don't know why you guys are complaining, if you want to play Mario just download the emulators from removed, they are pretty easy to find
      Please dont post names of places that have warez/ROMs as they are against forum rules.
      Thank you.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      May have sucked graphically but it brought back some memories and had a blast till i got here... lol
    1. PolishHacker's Avatar
      PolishHacker -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Please dont post names of places that have warez/ROMs as they are against forum rules.
      Thank you.
      Ok lol, I don't see what the big deal is
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by PolishHacker View Post
      Ok lol, I don't see what the big deal is
      Not a big deal, just the forum rules. Thanks
    1. PolishHacker's Avatar
      PolishHacker -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Not a big deal, just the forum rules. Thanks
      I Guess helping out other users on how to get emulators/roms is less important then the forum rules? Did you make them?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PolishHacker View Post
      I Guess helping out other users on how to get emulators/roms is less important then the forum rules? Did you make them?
      The owners did and it is called covering them from legal troubles. We do not allow piracy at all; doesn't matter if it is roms or applications.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      How did this even slip by? Maybe someone at Apple thought it would be funny to poke Nintendo?