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Official Pokemon game coming to iPhone and Android this summer

Today is a momentous day indeed: A Pokemon game has been announced for a non-Nintendo platform. It's called Pokemon Say Tap, and the official Japanese Pokemon site has posted that it's scheduled to release this summer in Japan as a free download for iPhone/iPad and Android devices.

No gameplay screens have been released yet, but the official description indicates that it's a rhythm-based game where you tap on Pokemon trading cards to the beat of a song from the anime. So far it's only been announced for Japan, so what are the chances that we'll see a wider release at some point?

A release outside of Japan seems somewhat unlikely, because the song used in the game is one of the Japanese ending themes for the Black & White TV series, so it would require some hefty localization to make it suitable for English-language release. It would be cool if it were released elsewhere though, since we were previously denied the only other official Pokemon mobile phone game, Pokemate, which was teased during E3 2006 but ended up being a Japan-only release.

Either way, hardcore Pokemon fans will surely find a way to download the app outside of Japan, especially since creating a Japanese iTunes app store account is actually not too difficult.

Source: Pokemon.co.jp via Kotaku Japan

Jul 5, 2011

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9 comments

  • techendeavour123 - July 8, 2011 7:19 a.m.

    This news was earlier updated by Nibtendo that the company has no plans to leverage its games onto a iphone or Android platforms. Am sure the video game company is losing out on the Android success. http://www.techendeavour.com
  • Robusken - July 6, 2011 2:12 a.m.

    Imagine, the english anime song *cringe*... Either way this is a step in the right direction for Nintendo.
  • SparkleDevon - July 6, 2011 2:11 a.m.

    I hope they'll allowed two people to battle using the ingame pokemon cards. More reason to get an iPhone, since I already wanted one.
  • Defguru7777 - July 6, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    Could care less about the game, but the significance of a Pokemon game on a non-Nintendo handheld is newsworthy indeed.
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - July 5, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    First of all, Android. Second of all, this makes me feel kinda funny on the inside. Is it betrayal? Disappointment? I really don't know. Time for soul-searching. *Pushes keyboard aside, pulls jug of bleach and funnel in front*
  • Hydrohs - July 5, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    @Smash Bro Or you could just get an Android phone...
  • IcePotato - July 5, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    WHAT!!?!?!?!
  • Smash_Bro - July 5, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    Because of this, I might actually get an iPhone... ...Unless they only have plans w/ Bell or something.
  • Hydrohs - July 5, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    I'm not familiar with installing applications on iPhones, but since it'll be released for Android it will be very simple for any Android user to install the App themselves, whether they live in Japan or not. I'm looking forward to checking it out, I enjoy rhythm games.

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