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Nintendo confirms: Pokémon Trading Card Game Online comes to iPad this year

Above: Nintendo is making games for iPad now.

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You know how Nintendo said it’s not going to make games for iOS? … Yeah, that’s all changed now.

The company is working on bringing Pokémon Trading Card Game Online to Apple’s tablet. It should hit the iPad before the end of 2014. This represents a major departure for Nintendo, which has previously focused all of its game production efforts on Nintendo hardware — although it has released iOS apps before (like the Pokédex). Likely, the earnings potential for something like the Pokémon card game on mobile was too strong for Nintendo to ignore.

“Yes, we can confirm that is the Pokémon TCG Online iPad app, and it’s coming later this year,” a spokesperson for The Pokémon Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nintendo, told GamesBeat.

Pokémon Trading Card Game first debuted in Japan in 1996 alongside the video game and the television show. Like the Game Boy releases, the physical cards were also a major part of the Pokémon phenomenon in the 1990s. Also like the video games, the card game’s popularity continues to today. Nintendo has previously released an online version of the Trading Card Game for Windows and Mac computers.

By bringing Pokémon’s card game to iPad, Nintendo is opening it up to a whole new audience while simultaneously giving its established fanbase an easy way to play the game digitally. Millions of people have iPads, and the device is one of the most popular game-playing machines in the world.

Nintendo could also introduce in-game purchases, like booster packs that cost a few dollars, that could start bringing in major revenue. Publisher Blizzard is finding a lot of success with its free-to-play puzzler Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for iPad and PC, and nothing is stopping Nintendo from doing the same.

With a Wii U home console that many gamers are ignoring and a 3DS handheld that isn’t selling as well as its DS predecessor, Nintendo has struggled to generate cash. The company reported a $229 million loss during its last fiscal year, and it could easily fail to reach profitability again this year if some upcoming Wii U games fail to catch on.

Due to its financial situation, Nintendo investors have often urged the publisher to turn to the highly profitable smartphone market. Consumers spent $16 billion on mobile games last year, and Japan is the biggest market for that activity.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has often rebuffed investors asking the company to make apps. He previously acknowledged the market as potentially profitable, but he said it wasn’t necessarily the best place for all of Nintendo’s games.

“The spread of smartphones does not spell the end of game consoles,” Iwata said in January. “Its not that simple, and it doesn’t mean we should put Mario on smartphones.”

While a Super Mario Bros. game on iOS still seems like a crazy idea, it does seem a bit more plausible today.

More information:

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26 comments
mozunyan
mozunyan

@muscle8951 !! 流石に有料なのだろうか 久々にやってみてぇなwww

jeremy goulding
jeremy goulding

I hope, for the love of god.. Nintendo never brings the Mario franchise to the ios or Android platforms. There's a heart in the Home console/Nintendo portable link to the games, and it just would not be something i'd be willing to purchase.

Kolby Bingham
Kolby Bingham

"You know how Nintendo said it’s not going to make games for iOS? … Yeah, that’s all changed now."

Umm.... GameFreak already made games for mobile platforms, GameFreak is the company really behind Pokemon, Nintendo only owns 33.33 percent, GAMEFREAK didn't say anything about making games for third party systems, this isn't new, there are Pokemon games for SEGA platforms (back when SEGA still made hardware)



Stealth Stealth
Stealth Stealth

"With a Wii U home console that many gamers are ignoring and a 3DS handheld that isn’t selling as well as its DS predecessor, Nintendo has struggled to generate cash."


No system will sell as well as DS. I am not sure if it fair to blame that as a reason. 3DS is doing EXTREMELY well. 


 "The company reported a $229 million lost during its last fiscal year, and it could easily fail to reach profitability again this year if some upcoming Wii U games fail to catch on." 


I think it will easily reach profitability during the holidays

vora_bat
vora_bat

@galyonkin щитооооаа? Та Нинтендо, которая ни за что не собиралась идти на мобильный рынок?

trueKoshMarkus
trueKoshMarkus

@galyonkin Вот если бы они оригинальных покемонов перенесли - было бы круто. А это мусор какой-то.

mortalezz
mortalezz

@galyonkin Галенкин - мастер жёлтого заголовка, эхехе

tigresaa
tigresaa

@JeffGrubb Yay, it's announced! <3 It's technically not Nintendo confirming it, though, since it's a game from TPCi. Much like the PTV app.

BradMWallace
BradMWallace

@DanShoeHsu wow that's huge, wonder if there will be a proper Wii U entry then... Or browser based

muscle8951
muscle8951

@mozunyan リアルと同じで10枚で324円ですかね…それでも、ひさびさにやってみたいですよ。 俺の「エネルギーリムーブ」鬼積みデッキが火を吹くぜーバリバリ!…と思ったらカードが弱体化してて悲ちいでござるの巻

John Doe
John Doe

@jeremy goulding


That's the logic Nintendo has been listening to for too long and now they are in real trouble financially. If Nintendo wants to compete they either need to develop a serious console again or start developing for hardware that people buy.


John Doe
John Doe

@Stealth Stealth It'd didn't reach profitability during this last holiday season. Sure there some mediocre remakes of the big nintendo names coming out this year - but ps4, xbone and even PC are all getting better games.

mozunyan
mozunyan

@muscle8951 えwwwポケモンカードのゲームが出るんじゃなくアプリ上で直接カードを買うの?w エネルギーリムーブくそなつい!!!

Cale Woods
Cale Woods

@John Doe @jeremy goulding By "serious console" I take it you're referring to the N64 and GameCube? Those were both completely crushed in global hardware sales by the PS1 and PS2 respectively.

J Smith
J Smith

@John Doe @jeremy goulding  what are you talking about the Wii U is a serious console  or when you say a serious console you mean is show be a overpower system that realise more on making pretty pictures then actual game play 

J Smith
J Smith

@John Doe @Stealth Stealth what do you mean mediocre remake the new  Zelda game looks great so dose the new Smash Brothers and Splatoon game i lot of people where talking about Nintendo's E3 announcements and how they one E3 sounds to me like your one of those people who like to bad mouth Nintendo for no reason what so ever

muscle8951
muscle8951

@mozunyan 課金制かどうかは不明だけど、任天堂だから課金にはしない…と信じたいです>< 年内予定って早い! 「超エネルギーリムーブ」とか「空飛ぶピカチュウ」とかコロコロの付録カードを、ポケモンカードやってない友人から必死にクレクレ言ってたのを今思いだしましたよ。

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