Pokémon Card Game Headed to iPad

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Image credit: Josh Wittenkeller

The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is coming to iPad later this year.

The game, which works just like the physical card game in which two players choose different Pokémon and attacks from their decks, is already available digitally through Pokémon's official website, but this will be the first time it's been released on iOS.

The game was first spotted on Josh Wittenkeller's Twitter account, where he posted a picture of what looks like The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online for PC running on Apple's tablet. A Pokémon Company representative later confirmed with Polygon that the game is indeed real and that it's set to release before the end of the year.

If you want to see Pokémon being played at highest level, you can tune into the Pokémon Twitch channel this weekend to catch the 2014 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, DC, where the best players from around the world have gathered to compete in both the Pokémon Trading Card Game and the video game. You can find the stream and schedule here.

Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby for the 3DS launch on November 21. For more on those games, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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15 comments
nickske1
nickske1

Great idea, now make a PC version and hundredfold the player base.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

As long as I can play offline too...hate online only games...

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

nintendo is like "THERE. IPAD GAMES. HAPPY NOW, INVESTORS?"

riotinto876
riotinto876

Make a Yu-Gi-Oh card game for mobile for god's sake, I've been using emulators for way too many years now.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I don't won't that, I want a proper iPad Yu-Gi-Oh Card Game please for fucks sakes.

gajbutler
gajbutler

ho lee fuk


Time to get an iPad Mini when Apple announce the new one later this year.

Kunasha
Kunasha

This is pretty good news. I was personally rather disappointed by Pokemon TCG Online for the PC (which looks crap, doesn't have a tutorial or a way to explain itself, and is very difficult to uninstall) but what I see on that screen looks a lot better. It looks very playable and actually resembles the game boards I remember from my youth.


Nintendo already announced that they might put a few games on non-nintendo platforms, and of course this game is already on the PC, so this isn't as big news as people make it out to be. I just hope it will be as intuitive and well produced as Pokemon Play It! which was a great attempt if it hadn't been deliberately crippled as merely a means to teach new players how to play the physical game, but had actually contained all the cards as well as online play.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Isn't this kind of a huge deal? It's Nintendo on a third party gaming platform for the first time since CDi. (if you even count that)

Mraou
Mraou

@nickske1 Duh, it's already out on PC; read the article before you post.

Shadow_Fax
Shadow_Fax

@WeWerePirates Also, this is not exactly a Nintendo game. You don't see the Nintendo logo anywhere on the game. Don't forget that the Pokemon Company is the one responsible for handling anything concerning the Pokemon franchise, and this particular app was developed by some company other than the usual Nintendo affiliates.

hystavito
hystavito

@WeWerePirates I guess it's technically not the first since then because this game is already out in some form for PC.  At least that's what I'm getting from the article and more specifically from some other comments.