This morning, The Pokémon Company International launched the Pokémon TCG Online app for the iPad and iPad mini in various markets, including Australia, France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The app launched in Canada last Friday. Tomorrow, September 30, the app will launch in the United States followed by other markets in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa later in the week. Fans will be able to get the free app at the Apple App Store at appstore.com/pokemontcgo.
Bloomberg is reporting that Nintendo’s shares rose 4% after news that the Pokemon Company is bringing the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online to Apple’s popular iPad. News of Mario Kart 8 selling over one million units in the United States also helped the share price rise. Nintendo’s share price has plummeted more than 80 percent since the end of 2007.
“We have been here many times before in regards to Nintendo’s tentative plans to introduce some of its characters for smart devices,” Amir Anvarzadeh, a manager of Japanese equity sales at BGC Partners Inc. in Singapore, said by e-mail. “This latest Pokemon cards plan which is already out on PCs is hardly a change in its direction.”
The Pokemon Company’s Andrew Finch has praised the iPad for its “brilliant” touch interface. Finch, who also serves as the director of the Pokemon Trading Card Game, applauds the iOS device for its multi-touch functionality. The upcoming iPad version of the card-playing title is expected to launch in the coming weeks. It made its first appearance during this weekend’s Pokemon World Championships in Washington, D.C.
“The touch interface is just brilliant,” Finch said. “It is absolutely the best. Card games translate so well to touch interface, and we have done that. All of the functionality that’s on the PC and Mac is on here – nothing got cut or left behind. It’s identical. Your accounts are identical. You can be playing on a tournament on your PC and have to go to the bathroom, shut down your PC, grab your iPad, log back in – even midgame – and still keep playing. It’s all the same.”
The Pokemon Company and Nintendo have confirmed that the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online will be coming to the iPad sometime later this year. There’s plenty of speculation as to why the Pokemon Company have decided to bring the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online to the iPad with some suspecting that it may include in-game transactions to bring in a further stream of revenue.
“Yes, we can confirm that is the Pokémon TCG Online iPad app, and it’s coming later this year.”
Technology blogger John Gruber from the popular blog Daring Fireball says that most kids today would reach for an iPad Mini rather than a Nintendo 3DS if the devices were put next to each other. Gruber believes that if Nintendo doesn’t eventually make video games for iOS then the company is no longer going to remain relevant to children growing up.
“A kid asking “What’s a Nintendo?” may sound preposterous to the ears of an adult weaned on Mario and Zelda, but trust me, put an iPad Mini and a 3DS on a table next to each other, and most kids today will reach, if not jump, for the iPad. If you don’t see that as an existential threat for Nintendo, there’s nothing I can say that will change your mind. A Nintendo that doesn’t make games for iOS is a Nintendo that doesn’t reach today’s kids; a Nintendo that doesn’t reach today’s kids is a Nintendo with no future.”
Tomorrow Corporation‘s Little Inferno was released on Wii U and iPad. In an interview with Game Industry, Kyle Gray of Tomorrow Corporation explained why the puzzle game launched on those particular plarforms. Gray said that he and his team first developed the idea behind the game, and then they decided which platforms it would work best on. Apparently, thanks to its 6.2-inch touchscreen controller and compatibility with Wii Remote controllers, the Wii U is a perfect fit for Little Inferno.
Why did you go for the platforms you did?
Kyle Gray: We tend to develop the game idea first and then try and figure out what platforms it works on the best. As soon as we had a working version of Little Inferno we knew it was going to be a great fit for a pointer or touch based device. When Nintendo announced the Wii U, everything just fell into place.
An iPad version also seemed like a great idea. There’s something nice about controlling fire with your fingertips – it feels like it’s tapping into some primitive caveman desire. Like shopping.
Tomorrow Corporation, the developers behind the acclaimed Little Inferno, have announced that the Wii U eShop game is coming to the iPad on Thursday. The iPad version comes in English, Spanish, French, Dutch and German with Brazilian Portuguese and Italian coming soon. The game will also feature GameCentre achievements. Tomorrow Corporation says Little Inferno on iPad is 100 percent free of in app purchases. Pricing for the game has yet to be announced.