There's been a shocking amount of crossover between the iOS world and the mainstream world lately. Both Doodle Jump and Angry Birds have tie-ins with major motion pictures, Angry Birds was (vaguely) featured during the Super Bowl and Cut The Rope even took home a BAFTA. When this is discussed on our forums, I've seen a few people seemingly jokingly mention that it won't be long before a game on the App Store has its own dedicated TV commercial. Well, that day is today.

The following commercial is now running on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, G4, and more:

We thought Pocket Legends was great in our review nearly a year ago. I had no idea that the game was big enough or successful enough for TV commercials until I met with the developers during GDC. Since our initial review, the game has seen several updates to add even more content and functionality. Now is as good of a time as ever to give Pocket Legends a spin, especially if you're looking to get a jump on the inevitable influx of players from this TV advertising campaign.

While the existence of this commercial itself might not seem like that big of a deal, this is a major step in legitimizing smartphone gaming as a mainstream gaming platform in the USA.

  • Aros2k

    Shows how successful nickel + diming your fanbase is

    • Tikicobra

      How exactly are they nickel and diming their fanbase? I used to play a ton of the game and I haven't ever needed to make any in-app purchases. They're not forcing you to buy anything.

      • Tickleyournerves

        He struck a nerve, didn't he?

      • Anonymous

        Sounds more like he got it wrong.

      • Tickleyournerves

        *Twaaaang*

      • Aros2k

        You don't have to buy dungeons to progress in the game anymore?

  • WhoreHum

    Leave it to Hodapp to give something ho-hum rave reviews.

  • Anonymous

    Are women that attractive really into mmorpgs? In my experience, no.

    • http://twitter.com/spongefile Tina Aspiala

      Because you can totally tell the who's operating that male tauren druid, and what they look like.

  • Kyou

    "Come on, guys! It's Pocket Legends!"

    That commercial was painful to watch... Then again I guess it might appeal to the new audience they are trying to reach.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I think you'll find that most TV, programming -and- commercials targeted at kids and teenagers is painful to watch.

  • http://twitter.com/SPeitsch Sebastian Peitsch

    "legitimizing smartphone gaming"

    Yeah right. Like legitimizing Animé via Yu-Gi-Oh.

  • Zandog

    Geat.. More newbs..

  • Facebook User

    I've been a fan of this game ever since it came out last year--but I've never seen it in the top 50 revenue charts. At least not recently. How much money could it possibly be making?

  • http://twitter.com/iShadowEra Shadow Era

    What you failed to mention is that during GDC, Pocket Legends made a press release that said they are making much more money on the Android platform... And it's not even an iPhone in the commercial, but they probably can't use a real one for legal reasons.

    Anyways, I kinda enjoyed the commercial heheh

    • DroidGirl

      He failed to mention it because Eli only says something about Android when he can say something negative. Apple fanboys are rainmanesque in their inability to see anything other than their overpriced, overhyped hardware.

  • bones boy

    ...but all the servers are in South Korea so they have an advantage! It's not fair! Oh ... wait a minute - I thought this was the place to complain about HR Battle. My apologies.

  • Noman

    I wonder if this is a last-ditch effort to get more players before order and chaos online and world of midgard hit.

    • Clyde

      Word!