I Can't Believe Microsoft Approved This Mario Rip-Off

On Android, yeah I guess you might expect it. On Windows Phone, where Microsoft actually — on some level — must approve all applications on the store? I cannot believe that 'Mario Jump', a blatant rip-off using actual Nintendo produced art, has actually made its way to the Windows Phone. Unbelievable.

Also — this game has the best description ever...

Classic game Mario has appeared with a completely new version - Mario Jump incredibly interesting. - In the game you will play man Mario dance steps quickly jump to avoid obstacles along the way. - You just shake the machine to control Mario left or right. - Stay away from the floating turtle, the flowers or the bullets because they will make Mario lose a life. - Jump really high and explore new challenges in the sky. Let's tilt and jump with Mario!

From that description, and the screenshots below, Mario Jump looks like a Doodle Jump clone with stolen Nintendo art. Pretty brutal.


Comments

    Nintendo should sue all parties involved, Hopefully it will help fix that financial disaster that was the WIIU.

    I'm sure a legal team will stop this real soon.
    Also it looks crap so meh..

    This one is just as bad http://www.windowsphone.com/en-nz/store/app/sonic-escape/ca15f194-b749-405b-a806-4db639d92655

    "Sonic Sub monster, speed king is a fun winter break on top of Fansipan, the Chaos stone heard the name Dr. Eggman was stealing. He was hurriedly went back to the kingdom late Elise but everything. The stone gods have fallen into the hands of cruel name Dr. Princess Elise and he was imprisoned.

    Quickly jump over and roll through obstacles, as fast and as far as you can. Try to beat other players highscore on 2 mode easy and hard"

      http://www.windowsphone.com/en-nz/store/app/sonic-jump/2da8831f-7a70-4483-b590-9fc457d3b6ae

      go one better HAHAHA

      Sonic Jump
      Game sonic has appeared with a completely new version - Sonic Jump incredibly interesting.
      - In the game you will play man Sonic dance steps quickly jump to avoid obstacles along the way.
      - You just shake the machine to control Sonic left or right.
      - Stay away from the floating turtle, the flowers or the bullets because they will make Sonic lose a life.
      - Jump really high and explore new challenges in the sky.
      Let's tilt and jump with Sonic!

        Haha thats the same as the Mario one but replaced with Sonic.

      Ha! Someone did one where they rip off BattleToads too: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-au/store/app/leapfrog/8bc27cb9-67d7-4e79-8ce9-c1c5984f979f

    Maybe it's legit and Nintendo have finally entered the mobile games market.

      On the only platform with an even smaller market than the Wii U :P

      Last edited 06/03/14 1:06 pm

    Hey man us Windows Phone users need all the games we can get!

    It is up to the copyright/trademark holder to defend their IP, not everyone else. The certification process from Apple, Google & MSFT are to check for malicious code or explicit content and the like. Not really to control IP.

      It is in their best interest to check for copyright infringement. When you buy an app off the Apple/Google/Microsoft stores, they are making a copy of the program for you under license from the developer. If the developer doesn't actually have the rights to give such a license (e.g. because they don't have permission to use the artwork), then this is copyright infringement.

      While the store owner might have a contract with the developer that indemnifies them over such a situation, that doesn't stop the copyright holder from going after the company running the store: it just gives the store a way to recover costs from the developer.

      And since the store is collecting money on the sales of apps (30% seems to be the common figure), it is commercial copyright infringement which might count as a crime. If that's the case, the state could get involved.

      The certification process from Apple, Google & MSFT are to check for malicious code or explicit content and the like. Not really to control IP.

      Actually, the app submission approval is to test overall app stability and ensure the app does not violate copyright. Yes, sometimes things slip through the cracks like that Megaman game a while back, but if you submitted a Mario app to iOS or Google Play Store, it would be vetoed.

      The Windows Phone market has always had a problem with fakes because it often doesn't have official apps so opportunistic 'devs' will publish their own paid versions using their name and logo. If you searched for 'Dropbox,' you'll find a lot of clones that blatantly misuse company IP but are always published by some no-name like 'Nadeem R' or 'AKV Apps.' Microsoft's store is much smaller than Apple's or Google's, and shit like this still happens.

    Downloaded it 2 days ago actually. Very dull game. Made me miss Paper Mario more than anything.

    It's not like the AppStore doesn't have similar issues with Flappy Bird and it's myriad of copy cats. There are tons of kids games that rip off established studios, all of the app mediums are guilty of it.

    Jesus, makes me worry how well they filter for viruses and malware in a game if they don't even notice this.

    I'd really like to see those that dissed Flappy Bird rant on these apps also. And they gotta do it with the same passion. Because these apps are actual rip-offs.

      Funny, because Flappy Bird was on iOS and Android for ages until people discovered it and it was immediately ripped off and cloned for Windows Phone. That's the only reason why it's still there after the actual developer pulled his apps off iPhone and Android.

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