The dolled-up Japanese version of animated cock-fighting known as Pokemon has been a staple of Nintendo gaming since 1996. 15 years down the track, the franchise sets its sights on new horizons, jumping onto the burgeoning smartphone gaming market.The latest releases based on the popular anime cartoon, Pokemon Black and Pokemon White on the Nintendo DS handheld console, sold millions in their first days on the market, reaching a million in the US on day one and two and a half million in Japan over its weekend release.
The franchise is set to capitalise on the growth of smartphone gaming by launching its new game this winter (or Japan’s summer), so theoretically the game should be cropping up within the next two months.
That’s the ‘planned’ release date according to the Japanese Pokemon website. It also points to iPhones and Androids supporting the game, with version 4.3 of iOS and versions 2.1 or later of Android applicable.
The upcoming game, roughly translated to ‘Tap said Pokemon?’ may be a card-based game, and a free release too.
Developers have so far tested the game on a Galaxy S, Regza Phone IS04, Xperia arc and HTC Aria.