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The Band of Thieves & 1000 Pokémon is a Free 3DS eShop Title Coming to Japan

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Uses StreetPass and ties into upcoming movie

Pokémon XY The Movie - The Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie is coming to Japan in July, and CoroCoro magazine (via Serebii has announced that a free 3DS eShop game will be released to tie in with the film. The Band of Thieves & 1000 Pokémon is due on 5th June in Japan and will only be available for a limited time, utilising StreetPass as its main mechanic.

The thieves in question are based on Riot and Marilyn from the movie, and the player's job is to collect Pokémon by getting StreetPass hits from other players; the more 'mon you have, the better the odds of success in battles with the thieves. It sounds primitive, but as a free game to promote a movie and encourage StreetPass usage it could certainly be popular in the Japanese market.

There is hope for the West, perhaps, as just recently it was confirmed that the movie will come to Western territories in 2014, with the amended title Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. When approached by Eurogamer, Nintendo UK issued its standard line that it has nothing to announce at this time. Interpret that as you please.

Would a 'mon themed StreetPass game, referencing the movie, be a download to keep you interested?


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User Comments (22)



TwilightV said:

@siconlol : It sounds more like Warrior's Way.

With how limited the release period for this game is, an overseas release seems unlikely. Also, they're probably just planning the Diancie distribution for the movie.



MixMasterMudkip said:

It's interesting. Doesn't fell like it'll make it out of Japan. It feels more suited for there, but I'd happily take it once the movie it's the west.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

These kinds of free games have one distinct problem: marketing and advertisement is delivered much more aggressively in japan and targets a strong audience (across all ages) of committed Pokéfans.
US and EU both have a vastly different approach to advertisement and tie-in games. We also have a much more critical audience when it comes to animé series and movies - most of them (obviously including Pokémon) don't even run well enough anymore to reach beyond a barely-advertised DVD/BD release. So, a free game as advertisement won't be worth it around here.
If anything, Nintendo should pack download codes for the game in the boxes - that would serve well enough.



dkxcalibur said:

I would download it immediately if it were available in NA but this will never make it west.



StarDust4Ever said:

Once again, Japan gets the good stuff. At least it looks more appealing than that useless Pokedex app they released in the states.



RudysaurusRex said:

@Tsuzura I don't understand. Why is CoD being in Japan make any difference? Is Sweden attacking America or Europe with Minecraft? Europe has CoD as well...



Serebii said:

Just to clarify, only three Pokémon games in the last 18 years (not counting the Red/Green/Blue thing, that's where things get complicated) have not come out of Japan.

They are:
Pokémon Stadium (Original one only had 60 usable Pokémon. We got Japan's Pokémon Stadium 2) - 1998
Pokémon Card Game GB2: Great Rocket Returns (Came at a time when the licensing of the TCG in the west was shifting from Wizards of the Coast to The Pokémon Company, so there were rights issues) - 2000
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Keep Going! Blazing Adventure Squad, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Let's Go! Stormy Adventure Squad, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Go For It! Light Adventure Squad (Hell if I know. They weren't good so maybe that's why).- 2009

In addition to that, Pokémon Typing Adventure made it in Europe, but not in America.
Conversely, Pokémon Puzzle League was never released in Japan.

So it's not like Japan only Pokémon games are a common thing...

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