Pokemon Developing New Card App, Nintendo Releasing Zelda for Smartphones!

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Pokemon is creating a new card-game app, apparently referring to the TCG:

Pokémon Co. is planning a new card-game app, two people familiar with the matter said. Pokémon Co. already makes physical cards that players collect and use in competitions. A company spokeswoman declined to comment.

What could it be? Perhaps some kind of app to track your card collection? Oddly, they do not mention that PTCGO exists, although I suppose the game isn’t meant to be used as a smartphone app. Maybe we’re getting PTCGO for smartphones? After all, we played the TCG on the teeny-tiny Gameboy in the ’90s — and smartphones have much larger screens! What do you think?

In the same article, the WSJ reports that Nintendo is developing The Legend of Zelda for smartphones. This is following its release on the Nintendo Switch in March. The smartphone version will be released sometime this year. According to the article:

Nintendo’s president, Tatsumi Kimishima, has said the company plans to expand its mobile lineup to boost revenue. The mobile games are also intended to attract casual game players and encourage them to buy Nintendo hardware.

Could main series Pokemon games also be released on smartphones in the future? Personally, I don’t want to spend $400 on a Nintendo Switch just to play Pokemon, nor do most of my friends who are casual Pokemon fans but not video game players. I’ve always thought Pokemon would sell like hot pancakes if they just released their games on smartphones — Pokemon would certainly garner many new fans, as we saw with Pokemon GO‘s runaway success. And considering that there are families with two to three kids, I don’t think most can dish out $800 to $1,200 to buy more than one Switch. This financial burden could really hurt Pokemon’s sales in the future, so perhaps this would be the solution?

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  1. Zeno The Wanderer
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    So it looks like we have barely anything to go off of, but these are some interesting details. I'd love to see PTCGO getting a mobile release aside from just tablets, personally! Who knows what we'll see though. Can't wait to hear more about these in the future!
     
  2. Blakers In it to win it!
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    Even though it'll never happen, I just want a TCG simulator where you can use any card you want for free...
     
  3. PrimalLugia Aspiring Trainer
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    I think they are inspired by Konami. Just see how popular Duel Links is. If they remake their GBA titles in a modern smartphone version that would be crazy. I'm sure it will be just as popular. Just put that Base set charizard on the cover and $$$$.

    And I can't wait for a smartphone TCGO version :(
     
  4. Main series Pokemon is definitely coming to the Switch. Morimoto confirmed last year they were developing for it. It'll only be a matter of when. Nintendo owns a significant portion of the Pokemon IP and wouldn't let Pokemon leave them for smartphones. The series prints money and would help the Switch make even more for the company. The quote from Kimishima confirms this, as the end goal is for Nintendo hardware to be purchased. Pokemon GO helped this, but putting Gen 8 on smartphones has the opposite result.
     
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  5. Metalizard Aspiring Trainer
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    Seriously, that Nintendo hate talk?
    Like, I also don't want to spend so much money on a switch just to play pokémon but I don't like the idea of main Pokémon games going to smartphones either. Why does everything need to happen on smartphones these days? I honestly like that I can separate Pokémon from other things by having to use it on something else that not everybody has. And the games will become trash if they start being made for smartphones. I'd prefer if Nintendo simply made a new hand-held, cheaper than the switch, to be the successor of the 3DS.
    Also, I couldn't care less about casuals. In fact, I despise them. People should not be playing Pokémon if they're not fully invested in it.
     
  6. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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    It's definitely coming to the Switch. My question is: could it also be coming to smartphones?
     
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  7. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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    What Nintendo hate talk?
     
  8. Casty Aspiring Trainer
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    There are many other reasons to get the Switch besides Pokemon.
     
  9. Metalizard Aspiring Trainer
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    Well, either you edited the article or I'm becoming mad. But I'm pretty sure that I read something like "they should just ditch Nintendo hardware" there.
     
  10. TyrannosaurusRik Kapu Riki ~ RisuX
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    Luckily, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company don't care about how you feel. They thrive on all type of consumers to make their revenue. The casual consumer help push whatever sales needed to make the series continue. People should play whatever they want if they like it; whether it is a hobby or hardcore fan. You are no one to judge anyone's entertainment or investment.

    Also, the Switch is more than likely going to be Nintendo's only focus after the 3DS dies out. I am very excited to see how The Pokemon Company makes a mainline game on the Switch. The graphics are going to be awesome. Hopefully, we will get a more open-world game. Or a game that encompasses more regions into one. The Switch is the new console, and just like any other company, Nintendo is going to be pushing towards their new console. Happens every generation. You're going to have to invest in the new console if you want to play the new games. It's how the gaming industry makes it's dough. Sucks, but it's how it works.

    As far as the Pokemon smartphone app, I hope it is a modified Pokemon TCG Online for smaller screens. It would be extra awesome if they used the same login account information for the computer and tablet versions. Too many full art tapus to want to give up!
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2017
  11. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
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    YES! This is needed.
     
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  12. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
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    We are truly Pokémon fans. We're all up at 1 in the morning on Pokébeach. Yay us.
     
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  13. Skylite Aspiring Trainer
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    I wonder what % of pokemon players die out with the 3ds? I'm going to be one of them for sure
     
  14. DarkYuan Aspiring Trainer
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    There is a non-official one however
     
  15. sid18 Aspiring Trainer
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    If you have an Android smartphone you can play TCGO on it.

    Download the .apk from apkmirror.com.

    I have been playing it on my phone for years (previously Galaxy S5 and for the past year Galaxy S7 Edge) with no issues at all, the smaller screen size hasn't been a problem for the tablet version.
     
  16. fleshrum April in Kalos...
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    Oh. Oh, no. No. You do not decide how anybody else enjoys this franchise. Do not ever even dream that you have any right to "enjoy this more" than anyone else.
     
  17. Crimzonlogic I'm Batwoman.
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    Oh, please make PTCGO for smartphones pokemon co., please please please! Someone just mentioned the apk mirror thing, but that can be sketchy and I don't know if you could get your account suspended for that. Something official would be so much better and worry-free.

    I spent a good chunk of time building a digital deck, then I finally go to test it out only to find my old computer is too outdated to actually handle matches without immediately crashing at the first animation. But my phone is half-decent. It could handle a mobile version of the game.

    But seriously, WHY has PTCGO not come to Wii U or Switch yet? That's madness!

    I dunno about a Zelda smartphone game. That's a home console series to me. Even the handheld Zelda games don't feel like handheld games, so could they pull off a smartphone game?

    Dude, pokemon is, like, the most casual of franchises. It's for fun. Lay off the gatekeeper attitude, would you?
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2017
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  18. TheR3DX Aspiring Trainer
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    There was the red shark program but sadly it stopped being updated
     
  19. Pokemon Trainer Fire Pokemon Master
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    App? Like YuGiOh Duel Links? While everyone is waiting (or rather demanding) for a D/P remake, I personally want Game Freak to team up with FuRyu to make a Pokemon Card game simulator for the 3DS (and even the Switch). FuRyu has helped Bushiroad make three "Cardfight!! Vanguard" and two "Future Card Buddyfight" games for the 3DS. They were some of the best TCG simulators i've played imo and i've always wanted to see to one for Pokemon. Just start with M/S expansions and move on from there and also add Best of XY. I even made a petition on it...
    https://www.change.org/p/furyu-have-furyu-and-game-freak-make-a-pokémon-card-game-for-the-3ds
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2017
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  20. teh awesome mudkipz the dankest mudkip
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