Mario Clone Removed from App Store: How Long Did It Last?

UPDATE: As our source Matt highlighted, the app has already been removed, and it only took a few hours.

It’s almost unbelievable. One has to wonder who at Apple might not recognize Mario the plumber.

Perhaps an intern who grew up in the 90s? Regardless, this platformer featuring Monino, whose sibling has been kidnapped by Bowler and held in a castle, bears a striking resemblance to a certain iconic game. It’s almost like looking into a parallel world.

Considering the impact the iPod touch and iPhone have had on the sales of Nintendo’s DS, it might be a while before we see an official Mario game on iOS platforms—if ever.

Until Nintendo decides to cease hardware production and someone at Apple addresses the oversight following an annoyed email, this clone will have to suffice. However, I’m skipping it despite its 99-cent price tag, as the reviews have been brutal about its poor controls.


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