Shameless Super Mario Bros. Rip-Off Hits The App Store

Shameless Super Mario Bros. Rip-Off Hits The App Store

In a recent study by National Geographic co-sponsored by Nintendo Power magazine, it was found that the only people on Earth who have never heard of that strange, mushroom-gobbling, Koopa-smashing plumber, Mario, are the natives of certain Papua New Guinea aboriginal tribes. So I guess we know where Apple is outsourcing the App Store review process: a shameless rip-off of Super Mario Bros, using Nintendo’s trademarked assets, has hit the hit the iOS App Store.

Costing 99 cents, 莫尼诺拯救总动员 is about as shameless a rip as you can find, from the ROM-scraped assets right down to the app description:

The protagonist of this game named Monino, in the story of this game, Monino’s brother was captured by a monster named Bowler, he is on the road to Bowler’s castle to rescue his brother, a lot of monsters in different levels are waiting for him, would you like to join Monino’s rescue action? Go!

This won’t last longer than it takes the manager of Apple’s App Store Certification Team to read the feeds over his morning cup of coffee, then do a spit-take, so if you have any interest in playing Super Mario Brothers on your iPhone or iPad… go, go, go.

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  • Luigi

    The game has terrible controls and poor gameplay too

  • CharliK

    Personally I think that Nintendo is being stupid. Why not show themselves as not afraid of the whole ipad thing by releasing their gen 1 games for the ipad. Super Mario Bros 1 (and maybe 2) and Duck Hunt (use your phone as your gun and aim at your ipad). Keep the fancier 3d stuff for their own machines. They could make a little cash off that stuff that is currently collecting dust.

  • Wirehedd

    if for no other reason than that it is a BLATANT rip off I had to download this. I figure it will be gone within the day but while it is there I’m pretty sure it will sell quite well just for the novelty.

  • Mark Andersen

    The gameplay does freaking suck, super slow, waste of $.99 The sounds are all ripped off though so it was nice to hear Mario sounds at work.

  • Phil Reece

    “LIFES”? LOL!

  • Rebelord

    I took a look at the reviews that said that it had bad coding, and terrible controls and thought to myself, “A poorly ported version of Mario isn’t worth 99¢.” Why would I get that when I could jailbreak my iPhone, and get an emulator that can run way more roms, and actually be the original game.

  • Cody

    Hilarious…I just couldn’t resist. Yes the controls are kinda slow and suck a little, but just the novelty of having a Mario rip-off is so funny. I’m glad I got it before it gets pulled. Kudos to whoever actually got away with this. If anything, it does at least show that the app approval system is nowhere near perfect and these guys approving the apps are not paying attention as much as they should.

  • Chris Walsh

    Completely agree! Dollar each for classic NES games and they’d sell a bucket load…

  • Evanturk

    It got pulled, I just tried to buy it and it won’t let me.

  • JeeBee

    “LIFES” … really!

    Let me know when Superfrog! is available!

  • iHate_Is_Back

    Makes me wonder how it was even able to get as far as being posted on the app store. The people who review apps for Apple must be complete idiots to not see it was a complete rip off.

  • Norwich Retro Gaming

    Oh dear, not a good slip by Apple, expect a law suit!

  • Norwich Retro Gaming

    This has GOT TO have been pulled by now!

  • Annette Cohen

    i agree lucascott, nintendo should be releasing their own versions of app games.  or at the very least another company should come in and get a license to great a nintendo game and pay royalties.

    annette c.
    Vent

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