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access_time February 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM in Culture by Andrew Kent

Burning Embers: Pokemon Yellow Scam PSA And Rant

This article is a PSA and just me going off the rails about today’s crappy Pokemon Yellow port. Just so you know, Pokemon Yellow, Yu-gi-oh! , and Digimon have been put on the iOS store by a “Home of Anime” and are all fraudulent. The Pokemon Yellow game app apparently crashes after the first screen, no such reports have been made about the other two apps yet however I caution you not to purchase these games as they are not endorsed by the companies that own them and they also may crash, therefore making you waste a dollar on a useless game.

Getting to the point, this is YOUR fault Nintendo. Well not solely Nintendo, but the line is catchy. The real problem here is that game companies are not making ports of their old games. There are a few out there, but not very many and some are even overpriced. The Pokemon Yellow app that is the scam generated a lot of downloads and a lot of angry people reviewing how crap the app is. I can only imagine that this is because there is a high demand for this old school game and the fact that it was 99 cents really helped the scam along. Nintendo has some of it’s retro games on the Wii, DS, and 3DS E-store but what if you don’t have any of those? Why can’t these old school games be available for the iOS or Android?

I just recently got an Android phone myself and would love to play some old school games on it, but for that I’d have to get one of the emulator apps and THEN put the roms onto my micro SD card. It’s not that much of a hassle but some of these fan made apps just don’t cut it. The person making the app either doesn’t have the time to make a better app or they’re trying to scam you (as is the case with the Pokemon yellow app). Game companies have the resources and the time to make these iOS and Android ports possible, and they could make a profit off of the games if they did things the right way.

Are game companies afraid that the mobile market will take over the gaming industry if they start to do this? First old school games and the next thing we know we’re playing Elder Scrolls VI on our Android phone? I have no idea what their reasoning behind the lack of old school ports is, but I’m hoping that maybe these gaming companies will come to their senses and listen to their fan base.

What do you think readers? Do you want old school ports on your mobile phones? If so, which games would you like to see come out?



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