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Pokémon Shuffle for 3DS Announced, Plus a New Pokémon for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire



The Pokémon Company International is starting 2015 out with not one, but two announcements.

First, as you can see in the trailer above, puzzle game Pokémon Shuffle is coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The new game is a “match 3” type game that seems similar to Candy Crush with a Pokémon twist.

It will be free to download in February, although it features optional purchases with real cash within the game to replenish the in-game energy meter system. The game gives you five “hearts” which are used up each time you play a stage in the game. When they run out you can either wait for them to refill on a timer, or you can use items given as rewards in the game or bought with real money to keep playing. It’s a system very familiar to players of free-to-play mobile games, it will be interesting to see how it is received on the 3DS.

Also coming soon, the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. A new trailer has been released for Hoopa that promises details of how to unlock it soon.

A full press release about the announcements follows:

BELLEVUE, WA—January 14, 2015The 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 also revealed Hoopa, a newly discovered Pokémon found in the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games. Hoopa is a rare Mythical Pokémon that cannot be found during normal gameplay. Categorized as a Mischief Pokémon, Hoopa is a Psychic- and Ghost-type Pokémon, recognizable by the golden rings that adorn its horns and body, which are said to have the power to bend dimensions and move objects across great distances.
A brand-new trailer featuring the Mythical Pokémon has been released on Pokemon.com and Pokémon’s official YouTube channel today. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire players should stay tuned to Pokemon.com and Pokémon social media channels for information on how to obtain Hoopa.

For more information on Pokémon Shuffle, please visit Pokemon.com/Shuffle.

Be sure to visit Pokemon.com/OmegaAlpha for more information on Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
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