iMario: An iPhone App That Must Die

I’m a big fan of my iPhone and probably play more games on it than any of my other current gen systems.  What’s fascinating is how many unique games & apps have been developed for it.  However, every now and then a line needs to be drawn in the sand.

As a retro gamer, collector, and reseller I was surprised to see a Super Mario Bros. game featured at the top of the free apps list in the iTunes Store.  I figured that Nintendo had mysteriously blessed us with a port of one of the Super Mario Brothers games.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t have been further from the truth.  Sadly, some group of fools has put together a simple app that simply plays sounds from the original Mario games.  It doesn’t allow you to use them as ringtones or anything useful.  And, of course, it doesn’t allow you to play the game.  Nope, you simply turn on the app and touch the screen to create the corresponding sound.  It’s like a toy you’d get for a baby that make’s the “moo” sound when the child touches the cow picture…

First off, I can’t believe Nintendo hasn’t gotten this app pulled due to it’s blatant copyright infringement.  Secondly and possibly even worse, I can’t believe it’s at the top of the app store.  I guess that’s the power of bait-and-switch, and the horrible reviews for iMario Lite reflect this.

If any of you have a buddy working at Nintendo, please do us all a favor and have them destroy this beast…