The PC variant of Pokémon’s popular trading card is finally making it’s way over to iOS later this year, sources confirmed to Kotaku this weekend. The first image of an iPad running The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online was tweeted by Nintendo-centric YouTuber @TheJWittz and showed a blurry image that hid a lot of details but to anyone who has ever played the game in any form there was no mistaking the card placement, giant Pokéball in the center and iconic card backs.
— Josh Wittenkeller (@TheJWittz) August 15, 2014
Although he was the only one to post an image of the game, TheJWittz was not the only one shown the iPads running The Pokemon Trading Card Game Online. Fans attending the Pokemon World Championship in Washington, DC were also treated to demos of the game-in-progress, but it is unknown how much they got to play or how many people were shown.
If the Windows version of The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is any indication, there’s a decent chance the game itself will be free-to-play and allow players to use cards purchased in real-life to play with in the game via unlock codes inside of booster packs. Other than that, the desktop version of the game is nearly identical to its physical form, but with the added benefit of being able to practice against a computer opponent and the ability to play in your underwear.
It is also worth noting that Blizzard’s trading card game Hearthstone has solidly proved that tablet ports of desktop online trading card games can work. That particular port stayed very faithful to its original incarnation and has hovered around the top of download charts since it’s release earlier this year.
Pokémon’s trading card game coming to the iPad marks the first time any Nintendo-owned property will have a full-fledged game on the mobile platform. The Pokémon Company, for example, has had several small Pokémon apps but never a complete game. While Nintendo themselves have never confirmed that what all they plan on porting, if anything, they have dropped several hints over the last year that they need to start bringing their most popular properties to other platforms.
Are you planning on getting this when it hits later this year? Are you already a Pokemon TCG player or maybe played it as a kid and will use this as a way to get back into the swing of things? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter!