Gotta Catch 'Em All: Pokemon trading card game is coming to the Apple iPad

Gotta Catch 'Em All: Pokemon trading card game is coming to the Apple iPad
Back in 1999, Pokemon was the hottest property on Earth. There was the popular RPG video game, the television cartoon, movies, toys, clothing and the trading card game. So far, Pokemon's former success has not been replicated in the smartphone and tablet era, but that might be about to change. A leaked photo shows a version of the trading card game for the Apple iPad.

This weekend, the iPad version of the game is being shown off at the World Pokemon Championship; while a version of it is available for the desktop, the game has yet to be offered on a phone or slate. With the Nintendo 3DS selling 44 million units compared to the 81.5 million Nintendo Game Boy Advance, and 154 million Nintendo DS models that have been rung up, portable gaming overall is now harshly affected by smartphone and tablet sales.

Still, don't expect Nintendo to give up on the hardware end. The 3DS is the 12th most popular piece of gaming hardware ever sold, despite the declining trend line in handheld sales. And while Pokemon hasn't been able to replace all of its original fans, there still are a decent number of original Pokemon players who would love the opportunity to play the TCG on their iPad. So far, there is no word when the game will be launched on the App Store, and how much it will cost. What we do know is, as with the original game, you gotta catch 'em all.


source: Forbes

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30 Comments

1. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Hopefully authentic Pokemon games will land on the tablet stores, optimized for tablet gameplay and hours of addicted fun.

9. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

That would be epic ..... All regions in one game !!!!

21. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Millions of peoples dream would come true!

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That would be awesome But I highly doubt Nintendo would do that because then no one would by their 3DS

14. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

They could probably make more money with a $2.99 game (that everyone would buy) and IAPS / expansions than what they are making now with their gaming handheld. They have the brand, the fame, and the experience to start up Pokemon all over again!

16. awang0718

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

And that would kill the 3DS and any future Nintendo portable gaming device.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Exactly, basically the only reason consoles exist is because of their exclusives Pokemon is basically the last and only reason any one buys a 3DS/2DS now days

28. awang0718

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

You forgot to mention Super Mario, Zelda, mario Kart, Smash Bros., Animal Crossings, Donkey Kong Country, Fire Emblem, Metroid, Starfox, Kid Icarus, Luigi's Mansion, Yoshi, Kirby, paper Mario, Mario and Luigi, etc.

29. spasticpat

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I can definitely see that. A 6 pack of Master Balls for like $5.99 etc, I'd be living on the street broke after playing for a week haha

2. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 945; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

That would be great.

3. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

They would make a killing if nintendo made an mmorpg of all the game versions. $5.99 per masterball with a 2x game speed for 9.99$. Travel, battles, team battles, all 900 or whatever pokemon, pokemon trading, every region, mulyiplayer battle routes.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

20. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Noo helll no. That speed up currency bs makes me want to commit acts of genocide. No pay per play. You get a certain amount masterballs per game like the original cartridge games, and since there are more one per player Legendaries like, dragonite, mewtwo and mew u have the option of buying masterballs. Meaning u can win the game without buying anything, u just will probably fail at catching some legendary pokemon due to knocking them out. And the speed up thing is like a bicycle, except it speeds up text, animations, battles etc. No delay miliseconds. Time speed up currency is the devil's anus.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, I hate IAPs For example I bought the Real Racing and RR2, I would have bought RR3, but since they used IAPs I skipped it

4. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Smart move Nintendo!

5. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I loved Pokemon growing up. Still play the emu from time to time.

6. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Is Pikachu male or female?

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Either

22. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Voice actress at least is female. Though that doesn't tell much since the voice actress of Goku is female lol.

8. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I would love to play it on my Surface 2, but the stupid "low marketshare" monopoly continues to go on, anyway, looking forward to play Pokémon Omega Ruby later this year :)

30. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I just did a quick search and apparently there are a few NDS emulators for Win RT. Guess that would have to do in the mean time!

10. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Now add Yu Gi Oh trading card game. Pokemon and Yu Gi Oh, everyone play its.

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They've abandoned that "Gotta Catch'em all!" slogan back in the early 2000s. Don't expect to have much fun on the tablet-optimized version of the game. You're going to have either buy booster packs in real life for the code to get new cards if it's entirely modeled after the desktop version.

15. awang0718

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

"With the Nintendo 3DS selling 44 million units compared to the 81.5 million Nintendo Game Boy Advance, and 154 million Nintendo DS models that have been rung up, portable gaming overall is now harshly affected by smartphone and tablet sales." The 3DS has only been out for 3 years. Give it another 3 years, and sales will be much, much higher.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It's funny because I called this. I predicted a while ago that the major gaming companies would have to start releasing games on smartphone platforms, since dedicated mobile gaming has started to die out. I'll go one step further and say that Google has rung the death knell of console games in general with Android L and Android TV; if they can match their promises of console grade graphics with seamless mirroring to TV (and provide a good controller to boot) then the choice will become obvious between $60 games and $3 to $10 games.

19. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Don't u guys use emulators? By the way i own a 3ds .

23. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Yeah but emulators wont let you collect all 1000 pokemon. No dreamworld, no safari, etc because nintendo requires their network for that. Unless you know of an emulator for android that mimics that security system...? And allow trading between other emulating players?

26. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

There are 721 Pokemon

25. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

yes thats treu i frogot that because i mostly play hacks on the emulator.

27. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I hope Amazing Nintendo never puts Pokemon on Mobile that would literally kill them. I don't want my fave thing in the world to available for mobile....Ewwwwww.

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