Fake Pokemon Yellow spotted on iTunes - Report

Fraudulent 99 cent app claiming to be port of Game Boy original rose to number three position on paid app chart before disappearing from online market.

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Nintendo has staunchly stood against smartphone gaming for some time now, but this weekend, some may have thought the company reversed its stance. As spotted by Ars Technica, a fraudulent 99 cent Pokemon Yellow app appeared in Apple's iTunes store and rose to the number three position on the service's paid app chart.

A wild, fake Pokemon Yellow app appeared!

As of press time, the Pokemon Yellow app is no longer available to purchase through iTunes.

Published by House of Anime, the game--which was released on February 17--was billed as "just like the original," and its product page showed the Game Boy game's title screen, as well as screenshots from the monster-catching role-playing game.

Additionally, the product page for the title displayed favorable, but unattributed, press quotes and a line that read, "all trademarks and copyrights are owned by their respective owners." Following the game's release, its developer penned an apology to fans concerning performance issues with the game.

As of press time, Nintendo had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment on the matter.

Discussion

54 comments
warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@leeko_link Completely never even though about it like that.. good point. If Nintendo have got the rights to the games then they should work on a modern installment - completely different from the others. I've always wanted a 3D version of the Pokemon games, not 3D as in with the glasses, 3D as in the jump from Grand Theft Auto 2 to Grand Theft Auto 3. If they made a 1st/3rd person open-world RPG in the world of Pokemon I would definitely buy the game. It would be genius. Not to mention the fact it would wipe the floor with Skyrim - and I love Skyrim!

leeko_link
leeko_link

@warhawk-geeby It could make a lot of money for Nintendo sure on the sales aspect but still releasing a first party game on a competitor's device will only confuse customers (most will probably complain why it got release on iPhone instead of 3DS VC) and will only draw them away from Nintendo's own handheld. Third party titles like Final Fantasy, Sonic, Secret of Mana, Mega Man X and many others are possible cuz they aren't first party games but games own by Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft's are unlikely. The Pokemon Company could still release a Pokemon app on the iPhone, just not an actual game since that's what Nintendo do.

txgamerwavg
txgamerwavg

I check it, it gone, I think Nintendo got angry too seen that copyrights on app store, what a scam for $$$$. Don't Buy A FAKE GAME FROM APPLY!!!!!!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@leeko_link Yeahhh I know.. it's just unfortunate. Surely there's some sort of deal they could cut with Apple? Even a 99p a pop Nintendo could still earn a lot of money.

megakick
megakick

I don't care about Pokemon I care that Apple likes to lie.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

What's the big deal about Pokemon, then? Is it awesome or something? PS, I know Nintendo owns Pokemon. Apparently, they caught 'em all!

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

More proof that if Nintendo made a smart phone with pokemon on it, no one would ever get any work done...

mattcake
mattcake

Apple is worth a hell of a lot more than Nintendo btw :)

leeko_link
leeko_link

@warhawk-geeby The only way Nintendo would ever make a Pokemon game let alone any other Nintendo game on iPhone is if Nintendo bought Apple out of business. Either that or Nintendo becomes third party. Asking for Nintendo games on iPhone is like asking for Sony to release Uncharted on 3DS. It won't happen.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

As hilarious as this is Nintendo seriously need to release the thing on smart phones - they could make a killing :| I only really use my iPod for music, but if Pokemon was available on it that would all change. I used to spend hours on Red back in the day..

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Credibility isn't something you find on itunes I see.

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

How does something like this happen? Some random guy can give iTunes some Pokemon.exe claiming it's a game and they just go and sell it?

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Hope they get sued to death by Nintendo.

leeko_link
leeko_link

@Shaoran_Li If Nintendo wants ppl to buy Pokemon Yellow, they'll want them to buy it on a Nintendo handheld, not on an iPhone or any other non-Nintendo devices. You can't have a killer app title on a competitor's product when you are also in the market to best the competitor in the first place.

megakick
megakick

So what exactly does Apple check when they check apps? Apple likes to blow a lot of hot air.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

It makes me sad that their were enough people so blinded by nostalgia they fell for a pretty obvious fake and that no one noticed until it was in third place.

King-gamer
King-gamer

Just another day in the app store. It's pretty much filled with bootlegs, and scams. Like that "Zelda Jump" or "Call of Duty Jump" games which is pretty much just doodle jump.

LordelX
LordelX

So these iphone apps turn out to be scams alot of the time? Wow. Regulate Apple. Regulate.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

So....... was it the actual game?

edpeterson
edpeterson

I don't know how people could think this was real since the screen shots show a newer pokemon game (probably leaf green or fire red) and description said "just like the original", that sounds a little fishy to me. Not to mention the laughable rating (9+ for "mild horror/fear themes and infrequent mild mature/suggestive themes"), plus all those one star ratings.

0_demo_0
0_demo_0

@DCSchark I still play it on my GBA as well. =)

Rioichi21Cooper
Rioichi21Cooper

I can't believe people actually fall for these scams.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Why do people fall for the scams? Just look at the 1 and a half star reviews and that's enough to know its fake.

mrklorox
mrklorox

But was it the fully functional game? Or was it some kind of malware?

DCSchark
DCSchark

OMG my bro still plays this game on the original GBA... its awesome. :D

mario113
mario113

This isn't the first time a fake pokemon game was released trust me look it up you'll see what I mean

booty56
booty56

Death to the Scamers!!

Kos1c
Kos1c

@Sepewrath It is indeed amazing to see how people can pull this stunt off. And for them to be able to do it more than once. I think Nintendo should show us their respect by sueing this user. Because only then he'll see that he isn't safe from stealing money of people with fake goods.

Brown-9
Brown-9

Who needs Yellow? I got Emerald on my phone. :P

toptom924
toptom924

I'm sorry but it was soooooo fake the images were not even the orginal pokemon yellow WTF :/ and everyone knows Nintendo + Smart Phone gaming = No go zone I say good on em if you were a legend you would play the original ;)

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

pokemon yellow for .99 cents? yeah right...

mikeyMKII
mikeyMKII

It got to number 3 before being taken down... wow.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@Kos1c Yeah I believe they released a fake Digimon game. Its amazing that someone can do this more than once. And people wonder what the problem is with an open system. Its hard to stop things like this happening, when a thousand things going up every 10 minutes.

eliebaz
eliebaz

It would be amazing to have this classic on my phone i'm afraid though i would'nt leave my phone again. :S This was the best Pokemon game ever after Ruby, well they're on par they should reinvent them on the 3DS if they're not willing to release a smart phone version

Kos1c
Kos1c

I read this last night on Toucharcade.com. The uploader to this 'app' has been known to scam people out of money. He made the game, and it would crash after the start menu. On every IOS device. Toucharcade were believing that he designed the game to be broken, because he knew it would be pulled in a matter of days. So for his broken, fake app to make the 3rd spot, would of made him a pretty penny. Apple need to sort out it's app store and take more time processing apps. There have been way to many broken and fake apps. People should be able to report apps that are broken, and if enough people report it, the app is pulled within 20 days, unless it receives an update within that time, and the process is reset. Also everyone who bought the app should be refunded. Nintendo have nothing to do with this Pokemon Yellow app btw, so they wouldn't need to give a statement on the matter, other than "It wasn't us."

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

@ShadowofSonic All is forgiven, son.

grand17
grand17

somebody made a couple bucks

atopp399
atopp399

How would this get through the review process?

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

Yep, mobile gaming has set developers free!........to steal other peoples sh|t.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

@RavageCobra IT"S BEEN A DECADE!!! Forgive my memory..

m4a5
m4a5

Hahaha, I can play this game on my Blackberry... that's how laughable this is :P

hobotech64
hobotech64

Better to use an emulator than support these scum.

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

I noticed it used a screenshot from R/S/E, so at that point I knew it was fake :3

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

@ShadowofSonic Wrong, it's use Hyper Beam on the same turn, then recharge on the next.

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

I actually saw it listed in the App Store and thought "WTF?" :lol:

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

YOU TRESSPASS ON MY CHIILDHOOD?!?!?!?!? *Charges hyper beam* **One turn later** DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE