Japanese video game giant, Nintendo, has decided to go in a new direction and start cranking out more app-like to compete on a smaller screen. First, we recently discussed the new Puzzle and Dragons: Super Mario Edition that is being released as a 3DS game. It combines the hugely popular free-to-play app, Puzzle and Dragons combined with Super Mario Bros. It’s unknown if a cost will be associated with it but I hope it’s free!
Now, they are taking aim at Candy Crush Saga by releasing a similar game with a Pokémon theme. It’s supposed to be free-to-play and will be available for the 3DS and 2DS in February 2015.
Pokémon Shuffle involves matching three similar Pokémon on the game board in order to deal damage to a wild Pokémon. There will be a limited number of moves allowed to complete the puzzle which is reminiscent of Candy Crush Saga. Want to refill your lives quickly? Head to the eShop and make a purchase. Sounds pretty familiar!
Still not convinced? Check out this quick video for a better idea of what to expect:
There are a few things that set this game apart from something like Candy Crush Saga. For one, you are dealing damage to something (poor little critter has to just sit there and take it!) rather than just smashing pieces of chocolate. Secondly, you can collect Pokémon, level up and then set up your own team (choose wisely! Only the Pokémon in the lead position can Mega Evolve from among all of the Support Pokémon. Bulbasaur, I choose you!). You can also use Type Advantage and/or obtain items to strengthen your team.
I’m one of those weirdos who still plays Pokémon: Puzzle League on my Nintendo 64 all the time. My kids have it set up and usually play it while dinner is cooking so I think we’d have a lot of fun with this. Pokémon was such a genius idea. It’s never going to die.