New free-to-play Nintendo 3DS game Pokémon Shuffle

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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Pokémon Shuffle is a new Pokémon game that will be released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop this February. It will operate under the free-to-play model.

Pokémon Shuffle is a puzzle game in which the player matches Pokémon sprites to defeat wild Pokémon, in a similar style to Pokémon Battle Trozei!. The player starts off with 5 Hearts, one of which is used to play each stage; however, once they are all depleted, the player cannot continue playing the game until they have replenished, which they do over time.

In the free-to-play model, the game can be downloaded and played for free, but certain in-game features require microtransactions. In the case of Pokémon Shuffle, players can pay for items on the Nintendo eShop to replenish their Hearts rather than wait for the Hearts to be restored on their own.

Some Pokémon mechanics are also in the game, such as type effectiveness, levels and Mega Evolution.

Press release

BELLEVUE, WA—January 14, 2015—The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo have announced Pokémon Shuffle, a new game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems that can be downloaded by players from Nintendo eShop at no cost.

In Pokémon Shuffle, players will put their puzzle-solving skills to the test as they battle wild Pokémon across a variety of stages. Match three or more Pokémon in the Puzzle Area to deal damage. The aim of the game is to reduce the wild Pokémon’s HP to zero within the number of moves available.

Clearing Pokémon efficiently is the key to success, and players will be able to take advantage of their own Pokémon’s type during gameplay. What’s more, players will also be able to raise the level of their Pokémon as they play, enabling them to deal even more damage. Some Pokémon can even Mega Evolve, just like those in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Mega-Evolved Pokémon are able to remove many wild Pokémon from the Puzzle Area at a time.

Pokémon Shuffle players start the game with five Hearts, and one is used for each stage played. When players run out of Hearts, they will wait for their Hearts to replenish in order to play again. Optionally, players will be able to keep playing immediately by using items earned in-game through regular gameplay or purchased at Nintendo eShop.

  -- The Pokémon Company International


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