pokemon card game

Good news Pokémon fans, the company is bringing its popular Trading Card Game to the iPad. While we’ve seen several Pokémon and Pokemon-related apps released for Apple devices, this will be the first time that a full game from the franchise has landed on iOS.

That’s the actual title in action shown in the photo above. A beta version of the game is being shown off to some attendees at The Pokémon World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C…

For those unfamiliar with it, the Pokémon Trading Card Game is a popular game that has been reincarnated several times across several platforms over the years. Players take on the role of a Pokémon trainer, who must strategically deploy cards to defeat the opposition.

Not much else is known about the iPad version of the card game, as the Pokémon Company has yet to officially announce it. A representative from the studio did confirm to the folks over at Polygon that it’s real, but they did not provide additional details or release date.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that the Pokémon Company is a subsidiary of Nintendo—a company frequently criticized for ignoring the enormous potential of mobile devices. Fans have long hoped to see its games ported to smartphones and tablets, but it has thus far held out.

  • hkgsulphate

    we want pokemon role-playing games NOT CARD GAME

    • Khoa T Ngo

      It’s better on 3DS itself.

    • onesimpleclik

      Gamefreak & Nintendo will never bring the Pokemon games to any other platform. I honestly surprised to see the Pokemon TCG coming to iOS.

      • The reason the trading card game is coming to iOS is in-app-purchases. They can make a fortune from it and they know it (truth be told they could make a fortune selling ports of their games for a premium price of course they can’t see that). For now at least there’s emulators…

      • onesimpleclik

        Regardless, the TCG coming to iOS is a great thing lol

      • nonchalont

        IAP’s could be made over a course of years longer than the actual game can. Plus nintendos business strategy is to keep exclusives. It would be smart for Nintendo to release their old Pokemon games to ios and then maybe create an exclusive “New Pokemon game”only for Nintendo. 🙂

      • Everything you’re saying makes perfect sense. Of course Nintendo isn’t smart which means eventually they will run out of money and I’ll feel no sympathy for them whatsoever…

      • nonchalont

        Yeah the competition is tough out there. Nintendo once shined, but times change. If you don’t adapt, you’re going to fail. Nintendo is holding onto the past with their old games. They need to invent at the same time. If you don’t change, you’ll just be a figment of the past.

      • Sean Clark

        They’ve been in the business for over 30 years. They’ve succeeded, failed, and seen the industry turned upside down in more ways than one. Compared to the death of the arcade, this is nothing for them. They don’t want your sympathy. Maybe your money, but not your sympathy.

    • Franklin Richards

      Would be cool but I doubt Nintendo is stupid enough to let go of one fo their biggest console shifters.

  • Mike M. Powell

    At least their giving us something..where u at Mario..?

  • Franklin Richards

    if it’s like Hearthstone where I don’t actually have to buy any cards then I’m all in. Although the likelihood is that people will have to buy the physical card and scan them in much like their PC version.

  • nazcorp

    I might be in the minority here – but I’m totally looking forwards to this!! I miss the nostalgia of the original Pokemon experience. Even if I have to pay for the game, nostalgia is something worth paying for IMO. I just hope it’s true to the original game – not the Pokemon 10th Generation (or w/e they’re on now) but the red/blue. Unlike Hearthstone, I’d totally play this and enjoy it every time. As mentioned I have other ways to play Pokemon (emulators), but the TCG isn’t really something you play with your neighbor like it used to be. The Internet will unlock so much potential and even with IAP to buy packs it’s for me at least totally worth it. Do it right Nintendo and my wallet is ready.

  • n0ahcruz3

    This is nintendo testing the waters. Maybe in the future they will decide to port their pokemon games to ios if its proven to be profitable.

    • onesimpleclik

      Not going to happen. The wouldn’t sell any handheld consoles at all if they ported their games to iOS, & they make a lot of money off them.

      • n0ahcruz3

        We will never know. This is like MS with their office suite. Everyone thought office will be Surface/windows device exclusive, but eventually they folded and ported office to ipad.

  • solidsephiroth

    No iPhone version?