c8ftuxvewp8okxdt4cjng4oio1_500Over the weekend, we reported that Ngmoco had planned to remove the original Rolando from the App Store once Rolando 2 was released on July 1st.

This announcement sparked a bit of an outcry of concern amongst current and future Rolando customers. In response to the complaints, Ngmoco just announced that will not be pulling the original Rolando as originally planned:

You've roared and we've listened. Rolando will stay put on the App Store. Topple is coming back. That's how we roll.

The original reason for the removal was said to be putting the "spotlight" on Rolando 2 upon its release. Rolando 2 is scheduled for release on July 1st, while the original version of Rolando remains available at $5.99 [App Store].

  • andreas

    you did a good thing!

  • andreas

    you did a good thing!

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    You listened! That's nice.

  • redking31591

    finally a company that listens

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    You listened! That's nice.

  • redking31591

    finally a company that listens

  • spiffyone

    BEHOLD THE POWER OF TOUCHARCADE POSTERS!

  • spiffyone

    BEHOLD THE POWER OF TOUCHARCADE POSTERS!

  • PeterM11

    Nice choice. Now just release that FPS already!!! lol

  • PeterM11

    Nice choice. Now just release that FPS already!!! lol

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    Great news! Didn't really make much sense to me anyways.

    • Rocketman919

      What? How do you hve an icon?

      • Member

        Because he is special :)

      • John B.
      • Adams Immersive

        Icon? I don't see any icon.

      • http://www.sleekgames.net Psionic

        nothing to see here

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    Great news! Didn't really make much sense to me anyways.

    • Rocketman919

      What? How do you hve an icon?

      • Member

        Because he is special :)

      • John B.
      • Adams Immersive

        Icon? I don't see any icon.

      • http://www.sleekgames.net Psionic

        nothing to see here

  • pante

    my only issue with removing rolando from app store was that when 3.1, 3.2, 4.0, whatever will arrive this game will be unplayable.

    thanks guys :)

  • pante

    my only issue with removing rolando from app store was that when 3.1, 3.2, 4.0, whatever will arrive this game will be unplayable.

    thanks guys :)

  • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

    Yay, good decision. Delisting sucks, we should be able to play Yaris on XBLA, too.

    • Ahiru

      BWAHAHAH yaris!!! i almost got the last achievement on that, now somehow i feel i lost my precious time...

  • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

    Yay, good decision. Delisting sucks, we should be able to play Yaris on XBLA, too.

    • Ahiru

      BWAHAHAH yaris!!! i almost got the last achievement on that, now somehow i feel i lost my precious time...

  • crsrc

    It's not a matter of listening to the consumer, it's just a matter of common sense. Removing Rolando (and topple for that matter) does nothing but lose sales for them. You'd think a big name company like them would have a better idea about marketing.

  • crsrc

    It's not a matter of listening to the consumer, it's just a matter of common sense. Removing Rolando (and topple for that matter) does nothing but lose sales for them. You'd think a big name company like them would have a better idea about marketing.

  • http://www.mobstarentertainment.com mek

    too much drama?

    just make good games,

    i dont like all these PR stunts

    • Ahiru

      word on that... ngmoco is too much "polishing" and not really much "fun"...

      what? listen feedback? it was more of a "let's see them beg us to make a triumph return with rolando AND topple, so we can now be claimed as a publisher that 'listens' to costumers" oh well...

      too much hype and quality do not make a game fun...

  • http://www.mobstarentertainment.com mek

    too much drama?

    just make good games,

    i dont like all these PR stunts

    • Ahiru

      word on that... ngmoco is too much "polishing" and not really much "fun"...

      what? listen feedback? it was more of a "let's see them beg us to make a triumph return with rolando AND topple, so we can now be claimed as a publisher that 'listens' to costumers" oh well...

      too much hype and quality do not make a game fun...

  • sekazi

    I am glad they are bringing back Topple aswell. In the other post about Rolando being removed I mentioned that the first Topple offered a mode that is not in Topple 2 which everyone should try. It gives a interesting twist to the genre. I only hope to see a Topple 3 one day. I really enjoyed the first two.

  • sekazi

    I am glad they are bringing back Topple aswell. In the other post about Rolando being removed I mentioned that the first Topple offered a mode that is not in Topple 2 which everyone should try. It gives a interesting twist to the genre. I only hope to see a Topple 3 one day. I really enjoyed the first two.

  • http://blog.allthingsea.com Edden

    idk. i agreed with there decision to take it off the app store. I dont get the point of leaving old stuff in the store whe you bring in new and better apps. but whatever. i just want the app on my iphone. =p

    • crsrc

      so do you think musicians should stop selling their previous albums as soon as their new one comes out? Or how about when a movie comes out with a sequel? That's a pretty good way of limiting your viewers to just the people that saw it the first time.

      The only time it makes sense is if the new product is a replacement for the old one. Like Photoshop or Norton Antivirus for example, where demand for the old would be nonexistent because the new has all the old features plus a bunch of new ones for the same price.

  • http://blog.allthingsea.com Edden

    idk. i agreed with there decision to take it off the app store. I dont get the point of leaving old stuff in the store whe you bring in new and better apps. but whatever. i just want the app on my iphone. =p

    • crsrc

      so do you think musicians should stop selling their previous albums as soon as their new one comes out? Or how about when a movie comes out with a sequel? That's a pretty good way of limiting your viewers to just the people that saw it the first time.

      The only time it makes sense is if the new product is a replacement for the old one. Like Photoshop or Norton Antivirus for example, where demand for the old would be nonexistent because the new has all the old features plus a bunch of new ones for the same price.

  • John B.

    I hope they don't plan on charging $9.99 for Rolando 2. Otherwise I'll have to wait for the price drop because I def won't be paying $10 again. I still gotta buy LiveFire/KillTest!

  • John B.

    I hope they don't plan on charging $9.99 for Rolando 2. Otherwise I'll have to wait for the price drop because I def won't be paying $10 again. I still gotta buy LiveFire/KillTest!

  • jon

    it was obviously PR to begin with. I have to believe that, out of respect, because otherwise they are the dumber than a bag of monkeys.

    New folks will probably buy Rolando 2, if they like it they'll be interested in playing the first one. Removing something that costs them nothing means they'd lose a whole bunch of new sales.

    • Alza

      Exactly. If this was not just for PR, ngmoco are a shambles. They are meant to be a major player in the industry, for crying out loud

  • jon

    it was obviously PR to begin with. I have to believe that, out of respect, because otherwise they are the dumber than a bag of monkeys.

    New folks will probably buy Rolando 2, if they like it they'll be interested in playing the first one. Removing something that costs them nothing means they'd lose a whole bunch of new sales.

    • Alza

      Exactly. If this was not just for PR, ngmoco are a shambles. They are meant to be a major player in the industry, for crying out loud

  • yacoub

    Always nice to see a company listen to customer feedback! A+

  • yacoub

    Always nice to see a company listen to customer feedback! A+

  • Kita

    I didn't even know topple was removed. I'm actually glad it's coming back because I never beat my games and would like to beat them all before they get removed from the app store

  • Kita

    I didn't even know topple was removed. I'm actually glad it's coming back because I never beat my games and would like to beat them all before they get removed from the app store

  • fearless

    Here's something weird...

    I checked for updates today and iTunes found an update for Topple. This paid game has not been in my collection since they spammed it with ads. So I decided to "update". Game still has ads! Kiss my ass ngmoco! How about listen and remove the ads?!

    • Kita

      Topple won't remove the ads because it's used to drive the sales of other ngmoco games. It was more worthwhile for them to make the game free and drive sales to other games then charging the game for 1-2 dollars.

  • fearless

    Here's something weird...

    I checked for updates today and iTunes found an update for Topple. This paid game has not been in my collection since they spammed it with ads. So I decided to "update". Game still has ads! Kiss my ass ngmoco! How about listen and remove the ads?!

    • Kita

      Topple won't remove the ads because it's used to drive the sales of other ngmoco games. It was more worthwhile for them to make the game free and drive sales to other games then charging the game for 1-2 dollars.

  • Fluffeh

    I was waiting for them to say this. See? They have hearts after all. :)

  • Fluffeh

    I was waiting for them to say this. See? They have hearts after all. :)

  • Darwiniandude

    ngmoco:) listened: well done, and thanks. I've bought all your games so far, and will continue to do so.

  • Darwiniandude

    ngmoco:) listened: well done, and thanks. I've bought all your games so far, and will continue to do so.

  • ShadowsFall

    ngmoco:) finially done something awsome :D...

  • ShadowsFall

    ngmoco:) finially done something awsome :D...

  • Titan-CC

    Hurray for Ngmoco! I've always supported them, and I've bought every game but star defense (I have to many TDs and a TD is a TD). They always try to please the consumer and it saddens me that they are often bashed for little reason. I didn't like the pulling Rolando idea, but hey, they listened to us. How many developers do that? Ngmoco usually puts out high quality, well polished and unique games that are fun to play regardless of what h8ters say. Here's to Rolando 2 soon and hopefully killtest really soon as well (and what's the deal with touchpets? I'm no fan of the cutsie games but I'm still curious...)

  • Titan-CC

    Hurray for Ngmoco! I've always supported them, and I've bought every game but star defense (I have to many TDs and a TD is a TD). They always try to please the consumer and it saddens me that they are often bashed for little reason. I didn't like the pulling Rolando idea, but hey, they listened to us. How many developers do that? Ngmoco usually puts out high quality, well polished and unique games that are fun to play regardless of what h8ters say. Here's to Rolando 2 soon and hopefully killtest really soon as well (and what's the deal with touchpets? I'm no fan of the cutsie games but I'm still curious...)

  • coconutbowling

    Isn't it obvious? ngmoco wanted to get as many sales from the original Rolando as possible before the second one came out. How many people were suckered into buying it because they thought it would be gone forever? Exactly. It's a marketing strategy.

  • coconutbowling

    Isn't it obvious? ngmoco wanted to get as many sales from the original Rolando as possible before the second one came out. How many people were suckered into buying it because they thought it would be gone forever? Exactly. It's a marketing strategy.

  • NotYou

    "That's how we roll.":

    http://www.instantrimshot.com/

    • arta

      LMAO! I just caught it.

  • NotYou

    "That's how we roll.":

    http://www.instantrimshot.com/

    • arta

      LMAO! I just caught it.

  • Pitch_Blak

    No sale?

    Maybe it'll come around...=P

  • Pitch_Blak

    No sale?

    Maybe it'll come around...=P

  • http://www.hiddenappgems.com Jaden

    I won't most likely won't be buying the new Rolando. I bought the first one, but it was way over hyped!

  • http://www.hiddenappgems.com Jaden

    I won't most likely won't be buying the new Rolando. I bought the first one, but it was way over hyped!

  • Monkeys37

    Good work, ngmoco.

  • Monkeys37

    Good work, ngmoco.

  • pundit

    Obvious publicity stunt is obvious.

  • pundit

    Obvious publicity stunt is obvious.

  • Capone

    Maybe this was all planned as a big marketing idea... :-/

  • Capone

    Maybe this was all planned as a big marketing idea... :-/

  • Frmaster

    Okay everybody, stop congratulating ngmoco on "listening" to consumers. Listen to coconutbowling. They simply said they were going to remove the original Rolando so that they could get as many sales in it as possible before the sequel is released. And it had a double positive effect for them because now everybody thinks they are "good guys"

  • Frmaster

    Okay everybody, stop congratulating ngmoco on "listening" to consumers. Listen to coconutbowling. They simply said they were going to remove the original Rolando so that they could get as many sales in it as possible before the sequel is released. And it had a double positive effect for them because now everybody thinks they are "good guys"

  • rich_952000

    No offense frmaster.

    Thank you NGMOCO! Seriously, no sense in bucking a system that has worked well thus far.

  • rich_952000

    No offense frmaster.

    Thank you NGMOCO! Seriously, no sense in bucking a system that has worked well thus far.

  • booch138

    Well whatever they did, it does not hurt me in anyway, and they got away with it, whether this was intential or not. Either way it was a double positive for them, like frmaster said.

  • booch138

    Well whatever they did, it does not hurt me in anyway, and they got away with it, whether this was intential or not. Either way it was a double positive for them, like frmaster said.

  • Ujn Hunter

    Thanks NGMOCO! Now make it $0.99 so I can play it! ;)

  • Ujn Hunter

    Thanks NGMOCO! Now make it $0.99 so I can play it! ;)

  • http://www.cyclelogicpress.com Neil Anderson

    Super Rolando!

  • TwoPossums

    This is great. You've renewed my faith in your company. I hope everyone that was mad and turning their backs on them in the last thread will reconsider.

    In regards to their point of putting the spotlight on Rolando 2 I'm sure Rolando 1 will see a bump in sales. This should not be seen as sales that should have gone to Rolando 2. Most everyone playing through the first game will almost surely buy 2 as well. I think a lot of people when they see their is a series building like to start with 1 and go through all of them. I know I do.

    And since 1 is staying maybe we can get the rest of those secret levels someday. LOL.

    I can't wait for tomorrow.

  • http://www.cyclelogicpress.com Neil Anderson

    Super Rolando!

  • TwoPossums

    This is great. You've renewed my faith in your company. I hope everyone that was mad and turning their backs on them in the last thread will reconsider.

    In regards to their point of putting the spotlight on Rolando 2 I'm sure Rolando 1 will see a bump in sales. This should not be seen as sales that should have gone to Rolando 2. Most everyone playing through the first game will almost surely buy 2 as well. I think a lot of people when they see their is a series building like to start with 1 and go through all of them. I know I do.

    And since 1 is staying maybe we can get the rest of those secret levels someday. LOL.

    I can't wait for tomorrow.

  • http://www.computerbase.com Sanuku

    So as we are more or less All Happy again, we can keep counting the hours till Rolando II hits Itunes.

    To be Honest i was not that Rolando Fan that most of you are since i had my troubles with the Gameplay System, but i'm really looking forward for the Second Game since i wana give those small Guys a Chance to Conquer my spare Freetime.

  • http://www.computerbase.com Sanuku

    So as we are more or less All Happy again, we can keep counting the hours till Rolando II hits Itunes.

    To be Honest i was not that Rolando Fan that most of you are since i had my troubles with the Gameplay System, but i'm really looking forward for the Second Game since i wana give those small Guys a Chance to Conquer my spare Freetime.

  • Frog

    Just another ngmoco marketing trick to get some attention. I will boycott that company from now on.

  • Frog

    Just another ngmoco marketing trick to get some attention. I will boycott that company from now on.

  • jackson

    well, its july 2nd

    now im pissed. been checkn app store all day

  • jackson

    well, its july 2nd

    now im pissed. been checkn app store all day

  • macnemo79

    I'm pissed too, but not surprised, because ngmoco tends not to be very reliable, they say one thing but they do differently. Like the constant updates for Rolando 1 before realizing the second episode....
    The most annoying thing is that they don't care about informing people about the current situation. I couldn't find a small info about the Rolando 2's delay....

  • macnemo79

    I'm pissed too, but not surprised, because ngmoco tends not to be very reliable, they say one thing but they do differently. Like the constant updates for Rolando 1 before realizing the second episode....
    The most annoying thing is that they don't care about informing people about the current situation. I couldn't find a small info about the Rolando 2's delay....