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Micromon is the iOS App Store's top paid title and basically a Pokémon game

Micromon, the #1 paid app in the iOS App Store, bears a striking resemblance to Nintendo's Pokémon franchise.

Released July 31, the developers at Pocket Trend describe the $0.99 universal app for iPad and iPhone as a "Fully animated monster catching game." In the role-playing game, "tamers" explore the game's world, capture and evolve more than 130 monsters and "Challenge other tamers to become the best!" The gameplay and graphics bear more than a passing resemblance to the Pokémon formula, where "trainers" capture and train their pocket monsters and battle Pokémon masters.

In an October 2013 financial call, Nintendo representatives said that they had no intention of bringing games to mobile platforms, according to analyst David Gibson. By December, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that the company was experimenting with "little experiences you can have on your smartphone or tablet," designed to drive sales of Nintendo hardware and software.

In May 2014, Nintendo launched a smartphone app called Mario Kart TV alongside Mario Kart 8. For more on the Wii U kart racer, you can read and watch our review and check out the video below for some tips and tricks. You can also learn about the latest entries in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon X and Y, in Polygon's review.

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