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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 Str4y View Post
      Thank you annie
      Wow, calm down stray...
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by ADF View Post
      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.
      All the games you.mentioned tho.are only exclusive to nintendo on purpose. Like.xbox has halo and gears of war ps3 has little big planet and gods of war nintendo has zelda and mario

      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      Wow, calm down stray...
    1. brandyn baker's Avatar
      brandyn baker -
      HEY E.L.E.!!! Kthanksbye
    1. ADF's Avatar
      ADF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Str4y View Post
      All the games you.mentioned tho.are only exclusive to nintendo on purpose. Like.xbox has halo and gears of war ps3 has little big planet and gods of war nintendo has zelda and mario




      Lol, no ..ish man. That's my point. Just because it's exclusive doesn't mean I'll buy the system to play the games. It's time for a new business model. Nintendo knows there's money to be made on iOS, but their own greediness is stopping them from getting to it.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Id rather have it ezclusive IMHO
    1. ADF's Avatar
      ADF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Str4y View Post
      Id rather have it ezclusive IMHO
      You spend that little extra. I'll wait 'till they smarten up a little and if not, then oh well... Truly their loss.
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      ***new thread****
      [ picture ]
      new white iPhone 4 is thicker than the black iPhone 4!!!!

    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      You post lame news like this but don't post news like how white i4 is thicker than black i4 >_<

      Also I could have downloaded it as it was mentioned in iClarified like 10 hours before here but meh....
    1. dtbeavin's Avatar
      dtbeavin -
      If it was a zelda rom I probably would have downloaded it even if it wasn't legit. Can't get enough of that guy link, LOL.
    1. Romeno's Avatar
      Romeno -
      no comment
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      You post lame news like this but don't post news like how white i4 is thicker than black i4 >_<

      Also I could have downloaded it as it was mentioned in iClarified like 10 hours before here but meh....

      Failed!!!!
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      To the mods:

      So is it ok to speak of the SOURCE of pirated material, but not the pirated material? For example if I was on whateverdotcalm and I knew there was pirated software on there, is it ok to speak about the freeware on said website, or just the website in general?
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2Jaze View Post
      To the mods:

      So is it ok to speak of the SOURCE of pirated material, but not the pirated material? For example if I was on whateverdotcalm and I knew there was pirated software on there, is it ok to speak about the freeware on said website, or just the website in general?
      i think you can mention the source, as long as you don't post a link, and as long as the material mentioned isn't itself a pirated copy. Example- directing people to TPB to find a custom IPSW, or something along those lines...(please correct me if I'm wrong)
    1. jonnyraincloud's Avatar
      jonnyraincloud -
      lrn2google, It bugs me when people post warez here,
      think of how annoying it would be trying to find obscure iphone info if modmyi was taken down because of legal troubles due to copyright stuff..

      myface if it ever should happen =
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      I can believe how similar they are. It's like marios twin brother
    1. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
      baRRy boRRis -
      So piracy is against the rules: Not a problem.

      But what about piracy of an app that is no longer available legitimately? You could search for it at filestube.com; who knows what you'll find?
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by creasy425 View Post
      i think you can mention the source, as long as you don't post a link, and as long as the material mentioned isn't itself a pirated copy. Example- directing people to TPB to find a custom IPSW, or something along those lines...(please correct me if I'm wrong)
      Yeah I think you link torrents as long as it's not for something pirated but some ipsws people link to are piracy because apple charges iPod touch users for some iOS updates. But one thing I have learned from the people here is that there is always some justifiable reason to steal.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      That's some quality gaming footage right there.

      Quote Originally Posted by CX3NT3_713 View Post
      ***new thread****
      [ picture ]
      new white iPhone 4 is thicker than the black iPhone 4!!!!

      Uhhh...
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by creasy425 View Post
      i think you can mention the source, as long as you don't post a link, and as long as the material mentioned isn't itself a pirated copy. Example- directing people to TPB to find a custom IPSW, or something along those lines...(please correct me if I'm wrong)
      It is against forum rules to post links to warez and to mention the name of apps that facilitate them.That is why they get censored automatically if you post their name.

      We are not telling you what to do with your life or your device. But if you want to post on this site we do ask that you respect and follow the rules.

      Quote Originally Posted by IXAdamOwnzXI View Post
      Please don't be a *mod edit: removed inappropriate language* Thank you
      Not a wannabe
    1. <(O)> Device's Avatar
      <(O)> Device -
      Mario is cool an all but I'd rather play it on a console like I always have