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First Impressions: The Thieves And The 1000 Pokémon Steals Its Way Onto 3DS In Japan

Posted by Kerry Brunskill

But is it Robin Hood or Dick Turpin?

We've taken a look at The Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon before, but now the free eShop title has been released in Japan we can share some more info and screenshots of this delightfully bonkers little game.

You start out by picking one of the three initial Pokémon from Pokémon X and Y, and then you basically have your horde brawl with just about anything they come across — even inanimate objects — to retrieve the diamond at the end of each stage. These Looney Tunes-style scraps are mildly complicated by differing Pokémon types and the need to try and ration your team over a few battles, but it's mostly about watching the strangely chirpy carnage unfold over all sixteen stages.

This will actually take longer than you think, as your troop supplies are limited and can only be replenished by spending your 3DS play coins on a fresh batch of recruits. The Nintendo Life team have already exhausted their supply of Chespin and are now wondering if the need for more Pokémon is worth braving the British summer with 3DS in tow for.

While the game is ultimately little more than a tie-in product for the upcoming Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction Pokémon movie, for the grand price of free — and also for giving us the chance to firmly put the boot into an entire army of Meowths — it's hard to begrudge it's existence, especially as those lucky enough to attend a Japanese screening of the movie with a 3DS carrying The Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon will apparently get an extra special stage to play that, once cleared, will grant them a Master Ball for use in Pokémon X and Y.

Are you hoping this makes its way overseas? Would you like a full Pokémon game in this style? Let us know in the comments section below.

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User Comments (11)

rjejr

#1

rjejr said:

Man, if ever a post could use a video its this one.

And it still amazes me how bad Nintendo seems to be at marketing some of its games and the Wii U but Pokemon is always all over the place. Not that Nintendo runs the magazine or tv show thats always covering it, but the games are always dated months in advance and there is always a constant flow of information.

Free game, movie tie-in, 3DS Street pass usage. This is how you do it.

Hope this comes west w/the movie.

Oh, sort of on/off topic - McDonalds start its MK8 Happy meals toys Friday July 4th in the US. Marketing.

C-Olimar

#3

C-Olimar said:

Would be a nice little freebie if it hit Europe, but I'm not holding my breath.

Serebii

#4

Serebii said:

This game was one of the more annoying ones I have covered in my tenure on my site. It NEEDS Streetpass. Without it, you're utterly screwed. You need to have all three starters and lots of them in order to succeed, and to do that you need to StreetPass. Even the play coins won't replenish the Pokémon of the other species, so you need to have a constant access to Streetpass, which isn't easy in the US or the UK, especially when it's Japan only at this point.

To finish coverage, I had to get a Japanese friend camp out at one of the Passing Stations they set up at the Pokémon Centers. He finished it with ease there as it was a constant stream of them.

The fact that it is so StreetPass reliant makes me think it won't make it out of Japan.

EarthboundBenjy

#5

EarthboundBenjy said:

I downloaded this game and had nooo idea what was going on. I chose Froakie, and then... uhh... I couldn't do anything. Since I don't even take my JP-region 3DS around with me, there's no chance I'll get streetpasses for this game.

Phantom_R

#8

Phantom_R said:

The only thing tougher than finding that Master Ball will be finding something to catch with it.

AshFoxX

#9

AshFoxX said:

Why does this bring to mind Kirby Mass Attack? Actually a Pokemon hoard version of Mass Attack on 3DS would have my money day one.

mullen

#10

mullen said:

Use a lot of coins -> beat one stage -> wait several days for the coins -> repeat.
Thanks to yesterday's new panel, I have to wait more days for the coins to play the next stage.
Since you can have at most 334 pokemons for each type during the battle, and without streetpass you can only have 1 type, it's clearly that there's no way to complete this game without lots of streetpass.

Fandabidozi

#11

Fandabidozi said:

Tried to get this running on my 3DS LL, but got well confused with all the start up options (in Japanese). Looks cool, but with the grand total of two streetpasses I have, don't think I'd be getting far. Would be nice just as a novelty.

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