A Pokemon game is headed to smartphones, and not by way of some unknown, foreign developer snubbing its nose at copyright laws.
The Pokemon Company recently announced on its website that Pokemon Say Tap? is coming to iOS and Android devices in Japan this summer. Besides the small graphic below, there are no images of the game as of yet, which sounds like a rhythm game that has you tapping on Pokemon cards. It’ll be available free of charge.
It’s a surprising decision to see Pokemon come to iOS, given that the iPhone and iPod Touch are arguably direct competitors to the DS and 3DS. (Many would even say they are cannibalizing the handheld games market.) Throw in the fact that the game is free — a model that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata is not a fan of — and this is just bizarre. It’s not, however, the first time Pokemon have appeared on a non-Nintendo platform; remember that the Japan-only mobile application/game Pokemate was released in 2006.
According to GamesRadar, the game will make use of music from the Black White anime TV series. In other words, it doesn’t seem terribly likely that this is something that will ever be officially sanctioned for release elsewhere in the world. GR does point out it’s not especially difficult to make a Japanese iTunes account, so it might be possible to get the game in foreign markets without much effort.
The 3DS eShop launch brought with it the freebie Pokedex 3D. With the 3DS not selling as well as Nintendo had hoped, you would think it would do all it can to provide the system with more exclusive content. Giving away a game on smartphones doesn’t seem to make much sense even if it is something relatively small and insignificant.
Source: Kotaku Japan