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Pokémon Trading Card Game And Mario Kart Super Circuit Now Available On Virtual Console

Perhaps in response to Mario Kart 8's recent DLC launch, and the upcoming Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, Nintendo has launched a pair of somewhat timely Virtual Console games.

Available now, you can grab the Game Boy Advance's Mario Kart Super Circuit for Wii U, and the Gamy Boy's Pokémon Trading Card Game for 3DS. The former was made available as a Virtual Console download as part of the 3DS Ambassador Program, but this is the first time that latter has been made available. You can check out trailer for both games below.

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The obvious timely Virtual Console choice ahead of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire would have been any of the classic core Pokémon titles, but neither Nintendo or Game Freak seem keen on releasing those games any time soon, as evidenced in a recent interview.

 

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I'm always happy to see new Virtual Console games launch, but I still feel like Nintendo is falling short overall.

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Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Generation leads Konami’s card game to mobile

Not to be outdone by Magic: The Gathering, Hearthstone or its lifelong animated rival Pokemon, Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh collectible card game will soon spawn a virtual adaptation on both iOS and Android devices.

Dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Generation, the game…
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The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online Arrives In Canada’s App Store

In August, The Pokémon Company announced an iPad port of its digital trading card game. Today, Canadians get a crack at it early, as the Pokémon TCG Online is now soft-launched in that territory.

If you’re not in Canada, there is still reason to be excited. Soft launches typically signal that broad distribution will be happening soon, though no release date has been announced.

You can practice against the computer or challenge a friend to a duel. There is also a tutorial mode if you’ve never played or simply need a refresher.

For more, check out our preview coverage of the game on iPad. 

[Source: Apple via Kotaku]

 

Our Take
I recently started playing on PC since I’ve never played much, and I was surprised by how well the game is designed. The PC experience needs some improvement, but with the UI/UX examples that exist on iPad (Hearthstone, Ascension, and others), I’m hopeful it will be a good fit. 

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Pre-order Destiny on Xbox One, get launch-day delivery, $10 gift card

Those interested in a boxed Xbox One copy of Destiny can snag a few extra perks by pre-ordering this week through the Microsoft Store. Pre-order before September 5 at 5PM ET to lock down launch-day delivery, and all Microsoft pre-orders come with a…
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The Pokemon Trading Card Game comes to iPad

Nintendo subsidiary The Pokemon Company explores what the company itself has yet to really try: Releasing a mobile game. …


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Pokemon Trading Card Game Online, I(Pad) choose you!

An iPad version of the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online is in development, The Pokemon Company has confirmed to VentureBeat. Although Nintendo has released intellectual property tie-ins on non-Nintendo hardware before, this will be the first major…
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Pokémon Card Game Coming To iPad

First, you had to buy physical cards. Then the Pokémon trading card game went online, expanding to an even broader audience. Soon, even more players will be able to battle when the Pokémon TCG is released on iPad.

That's the news coming out of the Pokémon World Championships in DC. Attendee Josh Wittenkeller spotted the title, and posted a picture on Twitter:

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Seem too good to be true? Polygon confirmed with the Pokémon Company that the game was the real deal; the screen isn't a hoax. A representative also confirmed to Kotaku that the game will release later this year.

Assuming it is just a mobile translation of the version of the game currently available on PC and Mac, that means that the Pokémon TCG is the Pokémon Company's first full game on iOS…though it has previously made apps.

[Source: Twitter via Polygon and Kotaku]

 

Our Take
Pokémon is already addictive, so making it available on yet another platform is a great plan. Not only that, but playing TCGs is ideally suited for mobile gaming, so the iPad should be a good home for the franchise. It's also a step toward more complete Pokémon experiences on iOS, which should make fans hopeful for the future.

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The Witcher 3′s ‘Gwent’ mini-game is quite a card

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt will feature a card game within the open-world RPG, CD Project Red revealed. “Gwent” is a “fast-paced card game” invented by dwarves that includes four factions. Players duel with other characters using over 150 playing…
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Obsidian tackles tablet development with Pathfinder card game

The RPG-focused studio has cut a deal with tabletop game company Paizo to make electronic games with the Pathfinder IP, starting with a tablet version of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. …


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Drakerz Brings The Digital Card Game To Your Webcam

With games like Hearthstone bringing more players to the digital card game space every day, Drakerz seeks to take things to the next level.

Using webcams to bring cards to life in an augmented reality battleground, Drakerz is looking to provide an immersive DCG experience by bringing cards to life before battle. While the full experience requires a webcam, players can also opt to play without one if they are at a PC that doesn’t facilitate integrated play.

While the concept isn’t completely new (Eye of Judgment for PlayStation 3 comes to mind), it’s something that may indicate where things could be going, especially with virtual reality on the rise. Drakerz is currently available on Steam.

 

Our Take
I'm always excited to see established genres trying new things. We'll see if systems like this one are unique, user friendly, and add something special to gameplay – or just gimmicks to differentiate products in an increasingly crowded DCG market.

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