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The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) has been satisfying fans online for years, now iPad owners will have the opportunity to join in on the fun. The Pokémon Company recently announced that Pokémon Trading Card Game Online would arrive on the iPad and iPad mini for the low-cost of zero dollars. Canada already got their hands on it, now those in the U.S. can grab it as well. Africa, Europe, and Asia will be receiving it soon as well.
Those that are new to the virtual trading card version of Pokemon are gifted a few starter decks to get the ball rolling. From that point, it is up to the player to get more cards by winning battles and receiving rewards.
As expected, the app is free-to-play and still contains the same cross-media enticement those playing the online version are aware of. When purchasing actual Pokemon cards, (booster packs and such) online codes are given which allow the player to receive packs in the online version. This idea is very appreciated by hardcore fans because when real cards are purchased, it becomes easier to get online cards and try out different deck ideas / combinations that would require lots of specific cards. What do Pokemon trading card fans really want? More Pokemon cards.
Those that currently play the PC version will not need to create a new account due to the cross-platform functionality. That is right, anything players currently have, such as decks or avatar customization, will transfer over to the iPad version.
The first representation of a Pokemon TCG game came in the form of a Game Boy Color game. Released in Japan late 1998, Pokémon Trading Card Game did not reach the states until 2000, but was still adored by fans and even got a nine out of 10 by IGN. The game received a sequel on the same system in 2001 called Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team Great Rocket! Sadly it did not make it out of Japan.
It is possible that Android devices will also eventually be seeing this downloadable. In a corporate briefing, Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president, wanted to ensure that consumers were satisfied with Nintendo products on mobile applications. “It is our intention to release some application on smart phones this year” he also said they wanted “to provide something truly valuable that is unique to Nintendo.” He most certainly is not talking about porting games over, could he be talking about Pokemon?
Fans have wanted a continuation of Pokemon Trading Card Game for years. This free-to-play iPad and iPad mini version are not quite the same, but it is a step in the right direction. If this app does well, maybe The Pokémon Company and Nintendo will considering taking further steps to support the card game. Mobile game markets could use more official support in this area, the majority of mobile Pokémon games and tools are fan made. As of September 30, those in the U.S. Can download the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online.