Fake Pokemon Yellow app hits iTunes, promptly rockets up the charts

A newly-launched iOS app claiming to offer an iPhone version of Pokemon Yellow for 99 cents (via Kotaku) isn't affiliated in any discernible way with Nintendo or Game Freak. From the comments on the App Store's bank of 1-star reviews, it's clear the app doesn't even work: “This is a scam. Crashes after main screen.” Not that that's stopped the fake app from rising up Apple's Paid Apps charts around the world.

Above: If you were going to fake an unlicensed Pokemon game, you'd think you could at least fake something a bit newer

One-star ratings and disgruntled reviews grace the app's pages on various international storefronts – but the game's support page offers little assistance, manned as it is by neither Nintendo nor Game Freak but someone called Qeab. But you don't have to go that far for signs of the app's dubiousness. The iTunes Store credits the app to an outfit named Home of Anime, which in the same week released similarly dodgy-looking apps based on Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh (properties of Bandai and Konami respectively).

At time of writing, the Pokemon app's in the top 10 Paid App charts for Australia, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg and New Zealand, all of whose stores display numerous 1-star ratings and comments demanding a refund for the non-working app. Qeab's page says the company's “working on a new build and we anticipate this will be completed soon, which should overcome the issue.” It doesn't mention the company's plans should Nintendo (who last year said it had no plans to support iOS) get wind of the app...


  • onetimebuster - February 20, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    Lol it doesn't run becuase itunes can't handle the power of pika.
  • R-ape - February 20, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    Take that, you damned iphone gamers.
  • MasterBhater - February 20, 2012 3:33 p.m.

  • joeycrump - February 21, 2012 12:21 a.m.

    wait the vita has games? where!? are they in the same place as the ps3 games!?
  • gopikmin - February 21, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    right now, Vita's launch looks like 3ds's launch except with cooler-seeming games rather than being mostly casual. Also joeycrump PS3 has plenty of games several of them just not as many as ones that come from Nintendo. UC2 is a prime example though there are many others.
  • joeycrump - February 21, 2012 11:03 p.m.

    nah man all the ps3 has is movies heavy rain? movie. mgs4? movie. infamous? movie. uncharted? movie. resistance? movie. LBP and ratchet are pretty much the only games that are exclusive to ps3 HTH
  • TomSJ3 - February 20, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    Between the thousands of 1 star reviews, the fact that it clearly isn't affiliated with Nintendo, or the 9.5 MB app size, it's the most obvious scam I've ever seen. Yet it's still at the top of the charts. I swear to god, people are way too gullible.
  • Moondoggie1157 - February 20, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    Yea, you'd think the file size might just be a give away... But hey, I don't judge haha.
  • Sinosaur - February 21, 2012 5:37 a.m.

    I'm not sure the file size is a giveaway. A game for the original Game Boy? That's not going to really be all that substantial. In fact, if it's 9.5 MB, almost all of that would be the emulator that's running it considering even a big SNES game is under 5 MB.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - February 20, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    it's their fault for not having a ds
  • gamedingo - February 20, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    Nintendo should look at this as a possible thing, since I think handheld game consoles are dying out anyways, why not just release classic games as apps?
  • Fluffdaddy - February 20, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    Yea the 5 million units sold in Japan lets me know this is a totally dying market.
  • xarab4lyfex - February 20, 2012 6:46 p.m.

    actually it's sold over 5 million copies faster than any other system in Japan, so I'd think it's the other way around
  • joeycrump - February 21, 2012 12:20 a.m.

    i think fluffdaddy was being sarcastic. handheld consoles are absolutely not dying, and are just as strong as ever if not more so. the 3ds is literally nintendo's fastest-selling device ever. thinking the handheld market is "dying" is pretty silly. also how many major AAA type titles come out for ios every year? like two? the majority of developers are sticking to consoles for their higher versatility. like, you know, having buttons.
  • Soxknight1127 - February 20, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    sadly, if it actually worked i would have bought in a heart beat before nintendo could have it taken down...
  • azureguy - February 20, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    They could've at least made an emulated version of the original Pokemon Yellow Version or some old-fashioned virus, but no it's just the laziest scam attemt I've ever seen in my entire life. You can say whatever you want about the "dying" type of handhelds like Vita and 3DS, but at the very least the games available there are actual GAMES.
  • RonnyLive19881 - February 20, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    DAMN STRAIGHT! Also Nintendo is going to rape dey asses raw!DON'T mess with the big N!
  • Skeletortilla - February 20, 2012 5:22 p.m.

    I saw this just last night when I was randomly browsing the app store, and it was 3rd on the top 25 at the time. Reviews aside, I can't believe people bought it when Nintendo wasn't listed on there anywhere.
  • Maxstats69 - February 20, 2012 6:52 p.m.

    Download GBA iPhone emulator & Pokemon Rom... Problem solved
  • oshunanat - February 20, 2012 7:41 p.m.

    While I really do understand Nintendo's reluctance to enter the iOS marketplace, I think incident shows how much of a potential market they're losing out on. For every person that does buy some variation of the DS, there are hundreds, if not thousands more who have no desire to - releasing ports of classic games that people are nostalgic form would make them a ton of cash! I know I'd certainly have bought this if it were legit. Le sigh. One can always dream :P

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