Mario in the App Store: It's-a-me, Monino!
How long will it take for this obvious rip-off of Mario to disappear from the App Store? Possibly by the time you read this.
Wishing? Well, sometimes it does--even if they're buggy and, seemingly, completely without Nintendo's consent.
A game called Monino has suddenly appeared in the App Store. At 99 cents, it looks like it's pretty close to a clone of Mario, not-so-cleverly renamed. And, upon download, we discovered that even the Mario music had been ripped off, too (a badly recorded soundtrack that sounded like it was pulled directly from the old NES game).
Monino, as you can see, looks quite a bit like an Italian plumber of note. This rip-off doesn't exactly capture the essence of classic Nintendo gameplay, though: the virtual control pad is abysmal. Even more underhandedly, the name of the app in question isn't actually written in English, although the app's name shows up as "Monino" when downloaded. This might help a game like this from easily showing up in App Store searches.
These types of games make their appearance in the App Store with some frequency: in fact, some time ago, near-perfect copies of Nintendo's Game and Watch LCD games appeared and were shortly pulled. Despite Apple's reputation for being sticklers in the approval process, games like these still manage to get through.
As for Monino, we imagine he'll be gone before most people can even click on the iTunes link.