Ah, so maybe this is the model Nintendo will employ when it finally makes its splash in the mobile gaming marketplace. The free-to-play Pokémon Shuffle has been downloaded a ton since its launch roughly a month ago.
How many downloads constitutes a “ton?” I have no idea, friends. I was just using an expression. Pokémon Shuffle has been downloaded 2.5 million times worldwide.
The word comes from the Japanese arm of The Pokémon Company on Twitter.
— ポケモン公式ツイッター (@Pokemon_cojp) March 23, 2015
In order to celebrate the download milestone, Pokémon Shuffle players can check-in and receive a free “Disruption Delay.” That’s a pretty handy item for the tougher battles in this free-to-play adventure.
I have to say, Pokémon Shuffle is not for me. I know some folks out there are getting tons of mileage out of the gaming without paying a cent. But, I’d rather remove all the microtransactions and waiting with a simple $10 or $15 fee and just have the game in-full.
Maybe that’s just me, I don’t know. Seeing how many times it’s been downloaded (and assuming it’s making them money), I assume Nintendo might employ something similar to Pokémon Shuffle when it does move into the mobile marketplace.