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Without a word of warning, Nintendo has launched a new Pokemon game on Android and iOS. It’s called Pokemon Duel, having previously been known as Pokemon Co-master in Japan. Pokemon Duel is like a Pokemon board game for your mobile, which IS as geeky as it sounds.
In 2016, The Pokemon Company released a mobile game called Pokemon Co-master in Japan. Pokemon Co-master, made in collaboration with Heroz Japan, paired virtual collectibles with a strategy game like Go or Shogi. Suffice to say, Pokemon Co-master proved popular in Japan.
Given its obvious roots, it was assumed Pokemon Co-master would remain exclusive to Asia. However, Pokemon Co-master has been released in the U.S. as Pokemon Duel. The game looks, feels, and plays exactly the same, it’s just the name and language that have changed.
Like Every Pokemon Game Ever
Like every other Pokemon game ever, Pokemon Duel sees you collecting virtual Pokemon. Each Pokemon has a set of stats, which help them attack or defend your territory. You select the team of Pokemon you want to send into battle, and then face off against AI and human opponents.
Battles take place on a virtual board game board. You and your opponent move your Pokemon around the board until they meet another Pokemon, at which point they battle each other. The loser is removed from the board, while the winner stays on to fight another day.
Pokemon Duel is a simple idea with masses of hidden depth. You will have to employ clever strategies in order to overcome stronger opponents, all the while building your collection of virtual Pokemon. Which should sound familiar to anyone who has ever played a Pokemon game.
Pokemon Duel Is Free to Play
You can download Pokemon Duel on Android and on iOS in a number of different countries right now. If it isn’t available in your country yet, we can only assume it will be in the coming days, weeks, or months. Just like Pokemon GO, Pokemon Duel is free to play, but offers in-app purchases to help you get ahead.
Are you a fan of Pokemon GO? Are you still playing it to this day? Will you be downloading Pokemon Duel? If you’re in Japan, can you offer any tips for Pokemon Co-master? Is there a risk of there being too many Pokemon games? Please let us know in the comments below!
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