Nintendo Announces Pokeland, An All-New Pokemon Mobile Title
Pokemon's dominion over mobile markets is spreading. Here's the latest scoop.
When Nintendo first started breaking into the mobile game market, many hardcore fans were taken aback. Big N had long-ago established themselves as a company that very rarely allowed their IP to land on non-Nintendo systems, so no one expected the company to make very big moves on mobile devices. Pokemon Go changed all of that, and modern mobile users are now spoiled for choice when it comes to playing Android and iOS games featuring Nintendo's own signature blend of herbs and spices.
Even better, the company seems to be firmly committed to having Pokemon be the go-to IP for mobile gamers: players first got their hands on Pokemon: Magikarp Jump not two weeks ago, and now Nintendo has announced an all-new mobile Pokemon title called Pokeland.
Pokeland has been described as a combination of sorts between Pokemon Go and Pokemon Rumble, and will put players in control of pint-sized pocket monsters as they duel it out on various islands. In the usual Pokemon manner, players will be able to collect and train a sizeable selection of various iconic Pokemon.
The game isn't formally out just yet; however, Nintendo has already kicked off an Android-exclusive Japan-only alpha test that will be limited to just 10,000 participants. The alpha version of the game will include six islands, 15 levels, 52 different stages, and 134 Pokemon. Unfortunately, none of the progress made in the alpha version of the game will translate to the final build.
The alpha test is set to run all the way through June 9 in Japan, which should give the internet plenty of time to reveal some of the Pokemon and gameplay details featured in the game. There's no word yet as to whether the game will ever leave Japanese shores, but assuming it fares even half as well as Pokemon Go has, an international release will be very likely.
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