The phony Pokémon games are no more, Pokémon Company responds

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Pokémon Yellow VersionNobody makes a fake Pokémon game and gets away with it, nobody I tell ya. Develop reports that the two Pokémon game scams that slithered their way through Apple's stringent approval process onto the App Store are kaput. Both Pokémon - Pocket Edition and Pokémon Yellow are no more, but only after one managed to hit the top five on the App Store paid apps chart and gyp thousands of hopeful Pokémon fans out of a buck.

"We continue to combat the unauthorized release of games, applications and merchandise that trick our fans into purchasing something that does not meet our quality standards," The Pokémon Company, a Nintendo subsidiary and rights holder of the Pokémon brand told Develop. "Fans who encounter questionable products should report to us immediately so we can keep other fans from falling victim to these scams."

While it's a wonder that either "app" managed to slip past Apple's approval process onto the App Store, it's equally mind-blowing that it took this long for either scam to be removed from the iPhone and iPad ecosystem. According to Develop, the Pokémon Yellow "game" alone could have made more than $10,000 before Apple ripped it from the App Store. It makes you wonder what kind of damage the real deal could do, huh?

[Via PocketGamer]

Are you more surprised that it took so long for the game to be brought down or that it could have tens of thousands? Would you play a legit Pokémon on iPhone? Sound off in the comments. Add Comment.
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