Nintendo and The Pokemon Company’s Pokemon Shuffle, the Pokemon themed tile matching free to play puzzle game that released earlier this year on the Nintendo 3DS to a surprisingly great reception, will be making the jump and coming to iOS and Android later this year, Nintendo announced today. This makes Pokemon Shuffle the very first Nintendo game to be available on mobile platforms, and the very first Nintendo game to be available on a non Nintendo platform in over a decade.
Pokemon Shuffle does not seem to have anything to do with DeNA, the Japanese mobile games giant that Nintendo is partnering with to bring original mobile games to iOS and Android; on that note, it also seems to be a simple port, unlike the original mobile games that we were promised. It seems those will be directly linked to Nintendo’s partnership with DeNA at this point.
Pokemon Shuffle is a surprisingly fun and addictive free to play puzzle game, available to play on your Nintendo 3DS right now. Since launch, it has been downloaded 5 million times, so maybe it will see the same kind of success on iOS and Android too. Stay tuned.