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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.
Jul 5, 2011