The Pokémon Company has a steady history of iOS and Android releases, but it's not common for titles to be published by Nintendo on the 3DS eShop and to then rock up on smart devices. Pokémon Shuffle has always had the potential to change that, arriving on the 3DS eShop as a free-to-play title with plenty of optional microtransactions. It's a smartphone-style experience on the 3DS, of course, so its transition seemed inevitable.
Confirmed earlier in the year, a week ago the title arrived on iOS and Android in Japan; the free download has now popped up on iOS in North America and various parts of Europe, though the Android version hasn't yet landed at the time of writing. In practice the game remains largely the same, albeit with a portrait layout across one screen, though some have also commented on more aggressive balancing to tempt you into microtransactions.
Though majority owned by Nintendo, The Pokémon Company has always exercised a degree of independence; Shuffle does represent a merging of approach between the two companies, however. It'll also be interesting to see whether any details emerge on respective download numbers and comparisons between the two versions. Most money would go on the smart device version being downloaded many more times, yet the 3DS iteration benefited from arriving on a less crowded marketplace. We're unlikely to ever learn which will have made the most money, in the end, but most bets would go on the iOS / Android iteration.
Are you a fan of this on 3DS and tempted to start it again on your phone / tablet?
I enjoy it on 3DS, so I'll get it.
I would get it if it arrived on Windows Phone.
@Inkling I feel your pain... -waiting forever-
I guess I'll check it out once it lands on droid.
My kids never really got into this, any word on Rumble World being ported over? It would be a very different experience without a Dpad or thumbpad though, match 3 is easy. I stopped playing myself after about level 150 or so, summer is for other stuff.
@rjejr : I doubt Rumble World will be ported over as it's a more complex game with a 3D graphics engine (plus what to make of the controls?).
Pokemon Shuffle seems like a much better fit for mobile devices thanks to its more simplistic aesthetic and touch-based gameplay.
I wonder if this means I'll stop seeing this as the "I've Been Playing" Game during street passes.
I like to purposefully change up so as not to bore people and hopefully introduce people to niche titles.
I'll avoid this since I don't enjoy match-3 games very much. However, I've been playing a few minutes of Rumble World most days and have hundreds of pokemon now. I won't spend any money on it since I tend to enjoy games much less if I purchased any premium currency in it.
I'll not bother with this on my phone, Marvel Puzzle Quest is the better match 3 freemium and is much less of a grind.
This is awesome and we can transfer our game! I'll play it more on my Apple Device. I don't have wifi at the moment so I'll have to wait a few days to get it but I hope you guys enjoy it!
I would if the games could link with my progress in the 3ds version
@sillygostly There are plenty of 3D games on mobile devices, with virtual d-pads/analog sticks, and they work just fine,
The 3DS version is great, but I won't be getting the iOS version; I'm at level 150, and I'd rather not do that all over again.
@melvin2898 : You can only transfer save data between iOS devices.
@Mus1cLov3r : I'm aware, but I doubt that they will go through with it. Pokémon Rumble World would have been cheaply made as the majority of its assets were lifted from the full retail title Super Pokémon Rumble (known as Pokémon Rumble Blast in North America). Furthermore, they would probably also need to remove Mii integration if they were to port Rumble World to other devices (I doubt it would be worth the effort to leave it in).
I believe that in future (I'm sure it's happening secretly as we speak), The Pokémon Company will opt to produce games that would be easy to port between Nintendo's handheld devices and mobile platforms (as they have in the past with Pokédex 3D and now Pokémon Shuffle), however, the 3DS Rumble games seem to have been built from the ground up specifically with the 3DS in mind, so I doubt that it will make the transition to smart devices. Time will tell, I suppose.
Google Play usually updates around Thursday or Friday. So it's probably just a short wait.
Also, balancing you say? Now I'm more interested.
The end if gaming is near.
I saw footage of it online and the information from the top screen is rather small for my tastes. I'll stick with the 3DS version.
I never got the game for 3DS, my backlog is too big. But I may try it if it comes Android, I want something to pass time when I'm on the bus.
@sillygostly Why would they need to remove Miis? Nintendo are diving into the mobile market, and Miis—I assume—will be involved in some of their games.
And how is it built from the ground up for the 3DS? Spotpass/Streetpass features? For iOS devices, that could be replaced by Gamecenter or something.
@Luna_110 A big backlog shouldn't be much of a problem, 'cause it's one of those pick-up-and-play games; it's really fun, so I suggest trying it if you get the chance.
Yeah, I just meant that with that backlog, Shuffle isn't interesting to me when I'm home, but it looks fun for short bursts when I'm commuting! So most likely I'll pick it up when it is on Android.
@Mus1cLov3r : Sure, but Pokémon Shuffle Mobile isn't a Nintendo published game, and any Mii integration across smart devices is unlikely to take effect until (at the very earliest) the release of Nintendo's first game as part of their deal with DeNA. The Pokémon Company's independently released smart device software is not part of that deal (e.g. Pokémon TCG, Camp Pokémon, Pokédex 3D).
And what do you mean by "how was it built from the ground up for the 3DS?" Pokémon Rumble World is a 3DS exclusive game that has not been ported to any other platform and has been designed specifically with the 3DS' strengths in mind. I was merely saying that the process of porting a game such as Pokémon Rumble World would be considerably more complicated, expensive and time consuming to the extent that The Pokémon Company would perhaps be better off designing a new game from scratch which is designed with all platforms in mind (3DS, iOS, Android), rather than retroactively trying to optimise a game that is heavily reliant on the use of buttons on a buttonless system. Shuffle is a basic puzzle game with visuals no better than what could have been achieved with Flash 20 years ago while Rumble World is a full 3D game that will require a significant amount of time and effort to reproduce for smart devices (and there isn't just one iOS device that they will need to optimise the game for). I'll say it again, it could happen, but I won't get my hopes up.
Played this and Rumble World a bit on the 3DS. Both are not great games. But if it makes Nintendo some extra cash, great.
@sillygostly Don't ever mention again that Flash is 20 years old :/
@sillygostly It being (currently) a 3DS exclusive doesn't mean it was built from the ground up for the 3DS.
@manu0 : We're old. Deal with it.
Wake me up when we get an original game.
I got this day one on the 3DS.I might give it a try I am just scared that if these games go good they will eventually go mobile phone only.
I just tried this app on my super-outdated iPhone 4, which is still technically superior to the Nintendo 3DS, and the app's animations are freakishly sluggish! I'm still sticking to the Nintendo 3DS version for many other reasons though, chief among them is how far I managed to progress. I cannot believe the Great Ball cost 3500 coins in the iOS version, instead of 2500 coins like on the Nintendo 3DS! Additionally, why is the audio so terrible on the iOS version?
Wait, so is this the Nintendo game that they promised would come to mobile devices by the end of the year? The one they partnered with DeNA for?
@Bassman_Q : No. The Pokémon Company's recent smart device releases (including Pokémon TCG Online, Camp Pokémon and Pokémon Shuffle Mobile) are not part of the DeNA deal.
@HopeNForever : I have an iPad Air and I too experience rather long times and sluggish gameplay. This may have something to do with the fact that the game is online only and requires a constant internet connection. The power-ups may also be more expensive because there are mini-hearts that can be accumulated by sharing them with friends via Facebook (allowing you to earn bonus hearts).
@Mus1cLov3r Miis are a Nintendo product. This isn't a Nintendo game, so they will need to take the Miis out
@Bassman_Q This isn't a Nintendo game.
I played it without paying a single penny on my 3ds. Got up to level 130 or so and got bored with it. I don't see any reason to get it again on a device that has hundreds of free games to download & play that are far superior to it.
ITS THE BEGINNING OF THE END. NINTENDO IS TEH DOOMED!!!!!
(this comment brought to you by sarcasm. Also the letter Y)
Downloaded it for iOS. I may never play it, but I have it. FWIW, there was actually already an officially sanctioned Pokédex app for iOS. The app was free, but you could buy different regional dexes for it. It was substantially similar to the one available for 3DS.
Never really cared for this. I prefer games I can play for long amounts of time. Plus, it seemed difficult to progress without paying. At least Rumble World had the king's missions you could do over and over.
Seeing how successful this game is on 3DS (and how successful it will probably be on mobile), I can imagine Nintendo making a similar type of game when they officially enter the mobile gaming foray, with Mario characters substituting in for the Pokémon characters.
Probably won't get this. I don't really like playing games on my phone.
I just checked. It's not yet available for iOS here in Italy, don't know about other european countries...
There's only a fake version made by a guy with a french-sounding name
I downloaded it on my iPad last night to check it out, and played it for a bit. Then I had played it for two hours.
It really is a well-made "match three". But beyond the first sitting, it takes a long time to re-accumulate hearts so you can play for any substantial amount of time. So I am not sure I will stick with it.
Last week, the game was the soft-launch version in Indonesia, and now it isn't, at least.
Just checked and its on the Google Play Store.
@Bludy_Edge its on the Google Play Store but can't download it, well mine says "not available in your country" so hopefully like @DarthNocturnal said, Google Play Store gets updated around Thursday/Friday. (Just Like the 3ds)
I actually just checked, and Shuffle seems to be available to download right now. It may be another Canadian soft launch, but it's there.
@DarthNocturnal i checked mine but its racist jk lol. But still says not available in your country
I was able to download and play it. But as I mentioned, Canada (and some other regions) often get "soft launches" of titles on Google Play. It usually runs a week before the game is fully "online", which means some features may be unavailable. Of note, it says the last update day was the 23rd of August, which was likely the soft launch date. Which may also explain why it already has 100k downloads.
i got it on my Phone now. i used the old method (of which i forget) on the pc, you can install apps and will install on your phone once it has internet connection from either Wi-Fi or Mobile Data. when i search for "Pokemon Shuffle Mobile" it had install button and it was compatible with my phone. thanks for helping anyways, ill keep a memory for upcoming games due to be released in the future.
@DarthNocturnal It also includes Indonesia, like I said before.
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