Thousands of Pokemon fans, blinded by their excitement for an iOS version of the game, found themselves in the pits of despair after downloading the biggest scam of 2012 (so far).
An unlicensed game called “Pokemon Yellow” hit the App Store with a bang a few days ago and skyrocketed to the number two spot before finally being removed. What have we learned from all of this?
Pokemon fans really want an iOS port. Maybe Nintendo should stop being proprietary and just make an official iOS game already.
I first learned about the fake Pokemon Yellow game on Sunday morning. It had already made it to the number four spot for most popular paid apps. The strange thing was that, even though it was ranked so high, at least 90 percent of the reviews were one-star. I figured it was a scam.
You’d think that it would be obvious at this point that the app was not functioning as promised and those hoping for a chance to play Pokemon Yellow on their iPhone would see that this app was not the way to do it. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I watched the app move from number four to number two in a matter of hours.
Even though the game was plagued with one-star ratings, hundreds of people (possibly even thousands) dropped their groceries and downloaded in a frenzy, not even thinking to find out whether it was worth the money. Even at only $0.99, it was not. It never worked.
This phenomenon tells us a couple of things. First of all, Pokemon fans are so excited about the slim possibility of even an unlicensed version of the game that they will download it in an instant. Second, Pokemon fans are so desperate for an iOS port that they would be willing to split with their hard-earned cash for the possibility of playing the game, even though thousands of people told them not to. And, lastly, Nintendo could make a whole lot of money off of iOS users if the company would just be willing to give it a try.
Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata has been known for trying to keep game titles on Nintendo systems, even though the public has spoken out about wanting them to be non-proprietary. Will the knowledge that a broken, unlicensed version of Pokemon sprang to second place be a loud enough wake-up call for the company? Maybe we will just have to wait for Wii-U, which will eventually just collect dust on our gaming shelves.
[via Ars Technica]