Earlier this year, Nintendo released Pokemon Shuffle on the 3DS eShop, continuing the publisher's foray into free-to-play gaming. Unfortunately, it felt like the worst elements of the trend had seeped in with its rampant timegating and emphasis on microtransactions. Given that it felt so much like a game one would find on a phone, it's only appropriate that a mobile port has now been released.
Pokemon Shuffle Mobile is the same Match-3 effort that was released on 3DS earlier this year. Players must match three different Pokemon heads to work towards catching whatever Pokemon is on-screen. Combos deal more damage, as do the favorable matchups that have become a hallmark of the Pokemon games. Available matches vary depending on what team of Pokemon is sent into battle.
Microtransaction issues aside, the quickened pace of Pokemon Shuffle never felt quite right on 3DS, but feels ideal for a quick hit on a mobile platform. Pokemon Shuffle Mobile is currently available for free on the App Store. An Android version is coming soon.
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We reached out to a Nintendo representative regarding the app. They responded, "Pika!"