Nintendo Is Bringing A Pokemon Game To The App Store

Nintendo Is Bringing A Pokemon Game To The App Store

After years of gamers clamoring, one of Nintendo’s hottest properties is coming to the App Store in a unique, exclusive title not available on the 3DS or Wii. That’s right, Pokemon is finally coming to an iPhone or iPad near you…

Kotaku Japan reports that a new freemium Pokemon game called Pokemon Say Tap? will be coming to the iOS App Store and Android Marketplace later this summer.

It’s not your usual type of Pokemon game. Don’t expect one of Nintendo’s classic RPGs, for one. It’s a rhythm game that has you tapping in time with the game’s music on Pokemon trading cards.

Even weirder? It’s being done without Nintendo as the official publisher. Rather, it’s a title made by the Pokemon Company, a Nintendo affiliate that controls all the licenses and marketing over the cute, battle-hardened little pocket monsters. Nintendo still would have had to approve the app, though.

This is notable, not just because it’s the first time a Pokemon game has been published on non-Nintendo hardware, but because Nintendo has previously been dead set against releasing games with its first-party properties on the App Store. Is Nintendo coming around to the App Store given the less-than-stellar adoption of their latest handheld, the 3DS, and if so, will we see an official Zelda or Mario game, given enough time? Here’s hoping.

  • Gen Arron J Hunt

    I was excited there for a moment. But a tap rhythm game? That isn’t Pokemon, that is a done-many-times-before game covered in Pokemon branding to help out sales. 

  • Gen Arron J Hunt

    I was excited there for a moment. But a tap rhythm game? That isn’t Pokemon, that is a done-many-times-before game covered in Pokemon branding to help out sales. 

  • Thomas sutton

    im not excited for the game, but happy that a big gaming company like nintendo is finally brings their games to the app store. 

  • MstrSirus

    Give it 5years til we see mario on the iphone

  • Chris Brunner

    Could this be the beginning? We’d all love to see Mario and friends join us on the iOS platform.

    -Chris
    http://friendsofmac.net

  • Barton Lynch

    I always wanted them to release the old pokemon games like from the gameboy onto the iPhone

  • Tom McGrath

    Really annoyed by that. I don’t want a ‘Tap Tap Revenge Pokemon’, I want a full Pokemon game… I was so excited for a second then, I haven’t played a proper Pokemon game (ie, not online) in years.

  • Skratchy Cat

    This article and the Kotaku one is incorrect in saying that Pokémon hasn’t been published outside of Nintendo Hardware.  There have been a few application on the computers and even a language learning game on the Sega Pico system.

    Don’t expect Nintendo to make games, some or even allot outside of this on other systems.  Nintendo needs their hardware to make a unique gaming environment, where much of the hardware is developed by the needs internally as a software maker.

  • LambOfTheCloth

    OMG but imagine if they ported Zelda to the iPad! That would truly be the best day ever.

  • Brilliant_Thinker

    I was excited until I read “freemium” and “tap rythm game”. Give me a proper pokemon game, or stop trying.

  • xtheman1080

    im not suprised. sony has made ps1 games for android (playstation suite)

  • Adrian Werner

    You would have to be pretty delusional to think Nintendo will release any real instalment of their franchises on anything besides their own hardware.

  • Emil Lund Mortensen

    Couldn’t Nintendo make a emulator for the iPad? That way that could make hundreds of dollars, and us, gamers, would be happy :-)

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    I have two tech loves: Apple and Nintendo. They’re both alike, they both have drawn innovation from each other. What I don’t like is when one of my loves is bashed by my other love. That’s when I get posed. Nintendo is not down, is not out. As much as it would bring utter joy to my heart to relive Poke’mon Yellow on my favorite smartphone, Nintendo should only do it if they want to. The Nintendo 3DS is a wonderful handheld. Sure, the games are lacing ATM but the content is coming and the 3D tech is proven. I’m sick of my Apple side bashing my Nintendo side. The iPhone is not a dedicated gaming platform. Apple could enhance their gaming front, and who knows; maybe it’s coming in the near future, but until then, Apple just can’t beat a 3DS. It would be awesome is Apple and Nintendo combined. Geez the Mac would be infinite. Game enter would connect Wii U and Macs creating a superpower seamless experience. Hello, walled garden, may I stay here forever?

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