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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
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    1. caffe1nated's Avatar
      caffe1nated -
      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...
      He wasn't quoting the paragraph, he was saying "hey ps, i was first!"
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Easy...Apple knew it would sell fast and they would make a ton of money on their 30% cut. When it got big, they pulled it and claimed to have no idea how it got through all the while they laugh on the way to the bank.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by caffe1nated View Post
      He wasn't quoting the paragraph, he was saying "hey ps, i was first!"
      Did you join just to correct the owner of the site?
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      My only point is that stealing is stealing. If something is out of print, that's putting things in a different light, though some corporation somewhere owns the rights to it. Again, you are responsible for your own morality (and your own responses to your actions). I'm not pointing fingers, just pointing out facts.

      Every forum has rules: to keep the forum legal; to keep the natives in line; to protect domestic tranquility. There are things you can say and things you can't. Free speech is not absolute. There are many legitimate limits on it (and many more illegitimate ones put in place by the government as well).

      And it's never a good thing to tell the absolute ruler you can do what you want. HE can, YOU can't.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Very well put out nice job
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      GellBrake'rrrr -
      A co-worker of mine got it. It LAGS, and it is a complete waste of time. It's very difficult to control.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      My only point is that stealing is stealing. If something is out of print, that's putting things in a different light, though some corporation somewhere owns the rights to it. Again, you are responsible for your own morality (and your own responses to your actions). I'm not pointing fingers, just pointing out facts.

      Every forum has rules: to keep the forum legal; to keep the natives in line; to protect domestic tranquility. There are things you can say and things you can't. Free speech is not absolute. There are many legitimate limits on it (and many more illegitimate ones put in place by the government as well).

      And it's never a good thing to tell the absolute ruler you can do what you want. HE can, YOU can't.

      Nicely put. Thank you.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      My pleasure.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Took a while to get here in this thread (as we have discussed your statment in our staff area threads).

      Awesome, you couldn't have said it better.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      You talkin' to ME?

      Well, shucks, you're welcome.