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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 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Matthews View Post
      Please don't quote paragraphs of writing to write two sentences. You can simply write your response...
      Sorry I didn't realize I did that. I won't do it again.

      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Not number 1, you are number 2(like everyone that posts on a news story)
      blah! Don't get technical.
    1. ADF's Avatar
      ADF -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeslayer View Post
      just play a mario game on a nintendo system.

      And why would anyone buy this piece of crap?

      super-duper fail!
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      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.
      Are roms considered piracy? (serious question)
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by ADF View Post
      super-duper fail!
      How so?
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      This is still avaliable no warez but it sucks
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by creasy425 View Post
      Are roms considered piracy? (serious question)
      If you think about it yes. Most peoplw do not get these roms that they have axtually owned/bought and downloading them would.be considered piracy and illegal
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by CX3NT3_713 View Post
      This is still avaliable no warez but it sucks
      See previous posts about no warez.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by creasy425 View Post
      Are roms considered piracy? (serious question)
      They are copies of a games. So if you don't legally own the copy then it is. But other than that in the rules the owners specifically mention it.

      WAREZ

      We do not allow any warez on our boards. Warez includes cracked programs that are supposed to be paid for, bios files for game emulators, games that you have to buy like NES roms, and illegal software.
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    1. wirehedd's Avatar
      wirehedd -
      I grabbed it as soon as I read the posting about it this morning over at CoM. That was at 8:00am today.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      They are copies of a games. So if you don't legally own the copy then it is. But other than that in the rules the owners specifically mention it.



      Apple, iPhone & iPad News | ModMyi.com - Forum Rules
      Jeeze. My moral compass must be malfunctioning. I never considered roms as piracy.

      I knew that the founders didn't allow piracy/warez et al. Just never bothered to read the particulars.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by creasy425 View Post
      Jeeze. My moral compass must be malfunctioning. I never considered roms as piracy.

      I knew that the founders didn't allow piracy/warez et al. Just never bothered to read the particulars.
      If you get it for free and you don't think it originally was free, then it probably isn't legal.
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      Wow!!!
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by CX3NT3_713 View Post
      Wow!!!
      Lol nice reaction!
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Well roms are not piracy like others have said if you actually own or have owned a copy that you bought.

      Many people probably download roms of games they never bought before which is then stealing.

      I use roms but I really don't much like stealing bc I use psx 4 all on my phone. I have bought ff7, ff8, and ff9 as well as other games. Those are the only roms I use since I have owned those games before (little sister lost a few discs lol) but I do download roms to play on my iPhone.

      But it's true like Stray mentioned, people usually don't download roms if they own it already. But for me it's bc I lost some of the discs (you know back in the day lol, ff series used 3-4 discs). That and I just haven't learned how to rip them into the right format or what program to use to get it on my computer to my phone.
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      It'll end up on cydia.


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    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      *moderator correction*




      Quote Originally Posted by Dark Syn View Post
      It'll end up on no wearz.


      LMMFGDAO ,,,not!!!!
      What ever happen to freedom of speech !!! Lol !!!!!'nnnmnbbbnnnmmmbhvvvvcvvvvvvbbbbbb

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    1. IXAdamOwnzXI's Avatar
      IXAdamOwnzXI -
      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.
      Please don't be a *mod edit: removed inappropriate language* Thank you
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by IXAdamOwnzXI View Post
      Please don't be a *mod edit: removed inappropriate language*. Thank you
      Thank you annie
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Wow. This thread isn't about flash, religion or israel and it's still gettin a lil snarky.
    1. ADF's Avatar
      ADF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Str4y View Post
      How so?
      Just because nintendo has their own system doesn't mean they couldn't expand there own game library. It's not a direct competition to a wii or NDS. The iPhone is a phone with a user base far larger than a game system. It would make since to put the good stuff (i.e. Mario bros, Zelda ect..) on the any platforms that will allow it. Just imagine how many buyers would jump on that deal. I would personally pay $5 to purchase the official Mario bros on iOS. Why should I buy more devices to play over priced games. New super Mario bros: excellent game, but that 35 - 40 dollar price tag hurts. Take it from Angry birds, kill 'em with low pricing and quantity.