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The Pokemon Company Releases Second Official Pokemon Game for iOS

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The Pokemon Company today released Camp Pokemon, an official Pokemon game that stars real Pokemon characters. Because the game is aimed at kids between 6 and 8 years of age, it's unlikely to be of interest to adults, but it does suggest The Pokemon Company is committed to bringing Pokemon games to iOS.

In Camp Pokemon, kids are tasked with exploring an island "filled with fun Pokemon-themed activities" that include searching for Pokemon to earn pins and playing a variety of Pokemon mini games to earn rewards.
- Find the Pokémon: Use a spyglass to search for virtual Pokémon and earn their Pins. Earn Rewards to unlock new levels and search for other Pokémon in different environments.
- Poké Ball Throw: Launch Poké Balls at cardboard cutouts of Pokémon hiding in the grass and knock them down. Earn Rewards to unlock the Rock and Water environments.
- Pokémon Evolutions: Test your knowledge of Pokémon Evolutions by choosing the correct Pokémon missing from the Evolution chain.
- Battle Matchups: Practice type matchups, an important skill in Pokémon battles, by choosing which type is strong against the given Pokémon.
- Pokémon in Focus: Choose the Pokémon that matches the shadow projected on the tent.
- My Cabin: In this home base, campers can find their Pin Book, Photo Book, and Bulletin Board.
- Photo Booth: Create camp memories by taking photos with the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch camera, adding stickers to the images, and saving the pictures to the app's Photo Book or the Camera Roll on the camper's device.
- Mystery Cave: What could be hiding in the Mystery Cave? To find out, campers will need to earn the right to enter!
As noted by our sister site TouchArcade, Camp Pokemon is going to be a "snooze-fest" for adults, but it makes it "obvious that The Pokemon Company is serious about iOS," hinting that additional Pokemon games could come to iOS in the future.

Along with Camp Pokemon, The Pokemon Company also released Pokemon TCG Online on iOS in late September, bringing the card trading game to the iPad for the first time. Pokemon TCG was the first official Pokemon game to be released on iOS.

Camp Pokemon is a free app for the iPad and iPhone and can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Pokemon TCG Online is a free app the iPad and can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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GeneralChang

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I wouldn't go so far as to say this indicates they're "serious" about games on iOS, but it is at least encouraging. They aren't ignoring the platform completely anymore.
 
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I wouldn't go so far as to say this indicates they're "serious" about games on iOS, but it is at least encouraging. They aren't ignoring the platform completely anymore.

Sounds a bit more like a hookup trick.

IMHO, Nintendo games belong on Nintendo hardware.
But that's just me...

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alexnewtron

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Lately many articles here seem to be more advertisement than anything else ... is MacRumors getting payed for those?

No, this is new about Apple. Nintendo, a big company, making an app on iOS is pretty big. It shows they are paying attention to the platform.
 
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christarp

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article said:
Because the game is aimed at kids between 6 and 8 years of age, it's unlikely to be of interest to adults

I know plenty of adults who will be at least trying this. A lot of the mid 20 somethings I know that grew up with pokemon are still big into the franchise.
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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I wonder if Nintendo just makes their games in Unity now?

If so, then porting their existing titles to iOS should be a snap (didn't intend a Pokemon Snap pun, but now that I've said it, Pokemon Snap on iOS would be great.)
 
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Nintendo and the Pokemon Company have an interesting relationship. I am not sure how much this says about any plans Nintendo has about bringing first party franchises to iOS.
 
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I wonder if Nintendo just makes their games in Unity now?

If so, then porting their existing titles to iOS should be a snap (didn't intend a Pokemon Snap pun, but now that I've said it, Pokemon Snap on iOS would be great.)

I can see it now! Pokémon Snap with augment reality gameplay!
 
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AlecZ

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Not if you get emulator (don't have to jb to play them) NDS4iOS is one of them but iOS 8.1 disabled the date trick so 8.02 is the last one where you can still install the emulator :D

Ah yessss. Back in the day, I played two of the good Pokémon games on emulators (Crystal on my Mac and Yellow on my SIM-less iPhone 1). But there is no good 3DS emulator for iOS... then again I'd never play the new ones even if I still played Pokémon. In 12th grade, about half my physics class and I played a really difficult hacked version called Dark Rising, and that's probably the last one for me.
 
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It should be pointed out that Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are not one and the same.
Nintendo own a 49% stake in The Pokémon Company, with Game Freak owning the rest. But Nintendo themselves don't own it, so this has very little to do with Nintendo overall.
We are never officially going to have Pokémon Red/Blue on iOS. That is a fact. Hell, it's almost as unlikely that we'll get Red/Blue on the 3DS, because the original games - while obviously classics - are horribly buggy pieces of software, and they were remade more recently with FireRed and LeafGreen. But even those won't be released on iOS.
Satoru Iwata is very clear on the matter - Nintendo games are for Nintendo hardware, even with second party companies like Game Freak.

Sounds a bit more like a hookup trick.

IMHO, Nintendo games belong on Nintendo hardware.
But that's just me...

Glassed Silver:mac

No, this is new about Apple. Nintendo, a big company, making an app on iOS is pretty big. It shows they are paying attention to the platform.

Please bring Pokemon Blue/Red to iOS!

that would be awesome!. but also its really hard to play that game at normal speed since the gameboy tower in pokemon stadium gave us the turbo function.

I wonder if Nintendo just makes their games in Unity now?

If so, then porting their existing titles to iOS should be a snap (didn't intend a Pokemon Snap pun, but now that I've said it, Pokemon Snap on iOS would be great.)


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Ah yessss. Back in the day, I played two of the good Pokémon games on emulators (Crystal on my Mac and Yellow on my SIM-less iPhone 1). But there is no good 3DS emulator for iOS... then again I'd never play the new ones even if I still played Pokémon. In 12th grade, about half my physics class and I played a really difficult hacked version called Dark Rising, and that's probably the last one for me.

3DS emulators don't exist yet. Not ones that can load commercial games, at least.
NDS4iOS is available, but it doesn't run things in that high a speed unfortunately.
 
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