Pokémon Developer Game Freak’s Collaboration Game Is… Solitaire + Horse Racing

By Sunjun . July 23, 2013 . 8:30am

Last week, the developer of Pokémon, Game Freak, teased a new collaboration game featuring a silhouette of a mysterious creature and the words, “That popular game that is played around the world, will be reborn in a surprising collaboration!”


Now, Game Freak has officially announced the game—Soliti Horse, a 3DS eShop game that combines Solitaire and horse racing. Game Freak point out that this will be their first self-published title.


As you are racing, you switch between the Solitaire Phase and Control Phase. By playing Solitaire, you deepen your bond with your horse and give them more power. In the Control Phase, you draw lines on the touch screen to guide the horse. Once you reach the final spurt, you must use the item cards you collected along with your whip to propel your horse to the finish line.


As you race, you will also raise your horse and be able to share it with other people using QR codes.


Soliti Horse will be released on the Japanese Nintendo e-Shop on July 31 for 500 yen. Were you hoping for something related for Pokémon? Look at the bright side… if you guessed My Little Pony, you weren’t too far off the mark.


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  • Virevolte

    It was so much worth teasing. My Solitaire’s spirit is on fire.

  • This is… unexpected to say the least, although I guess Solitaire is played around the world, just not what we had in mind I’d think… Oh well, kinda disappointed but my fault for getting my hopes up.

  • Jonathan Tse

    whoa, that horse with a pomp….. XD

  • zferolie

    I will give it this: I was not expecting this and they were correct that it’s played around the world.

  • MyBodyIsReady

    Woah, what a let down.

  • Well, I was asking for a way to get my mother into a handheld. Consider she’s a legal secretary that rides horses two or three times a week.

    Yea. That’s about the only thing I can think of. Lot of moms might like this.

  • Raze

    “That popular game that is played around the world”

    Minesweeper is more popular than Solitaire i think….

    • I’ve got a secretary at our office that would say otherwise. Better, she beats the hell out of FreeCell every day she’s here on free time waiting for customers to come in. She’ll probably get a dozen or two games down by the end of the day.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    welp :/

  • ReidHershel

    So, the popular game around the world is Solitaire?

    Wow, way to not only shoot off target, you shot the person who was next to it.

  • RichyGaming

    Pokemon x Guilty Gear…

  • Josephl64

    Game played around the world…well played

  • Go2hell66


    oh well no moomin game…

  • Enzo

    Ultimate troll tease

    • porkiewpyne

      Good thing gen 6 was announced and stuff. Could you imagine the rage had this been announced before X & Y? ;O;

    • LaserVision

      A Japanese developer announces a weird Japanese game with a Japanese website and a Japanese teaser. Yet everyone is shocked that’s it’s a game that North Americans aren’t interested in. Because every developer in the world is only allowed to make games we’re interested in. To do anything else is trolling.

      • Enzo

        “That popular game that is played around the world, will be reborn in a surprising collaboration!”
        I don’t think anyone was thinking Solitaire. It’s a troll tease because technically they were not lying, but it clearly looked like a much bigger deal than it was (and this is Game Freak making it, I am sure Japanese people were thinking some of the same things as the people here).

      • Kalis Konig

        Oh come on dude. Game Freak knew damn well that people would think Pokemon. Trolling is not always a bad thing but I don’t see how anyone could believe this is not a prime example of it lol.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    While i have zero idea on how to play Solitaire.(Yeah laugh on me here.T_T)

    I am more interested with the horse here where it seems i am going to be able to find Makibao lol.^_^

    • DyLaN

      Don’t worry, I don’t either. The only thing I still playing frm time to time is Pinball ^_^;

  • Mr_SP


  • Rohan Kishibe
    • abysswalker

      Awesome. And yeah that was pretty much my reaction too. Thanks for making my day sir.

      • Rohan Kishibe

        haha dont mention it

    • Herok♞

      why are you so strongly against this.

      • ShadowDivz

        People were expecting something Pokemon Conquest tier.

    • ShadowDivz

      This. Just…
      so much of this.

      • mike dickson

        pony’s pony’s every where

  • wasad

    I could not be more disappointed

  • Namuro

    Well, my guess was pretty close…

  • NTaiyokun

    Game played all over the world….

    They weren’t joking…

  • Kaihedgie


  • JustThisOne

    Not what I was expecting, but it’s still pretty cute. I mean, look at that Banchou Horse. *__*

  • Chris Cruz

    Its gonna take a Pokemon ReBURST game for these guys to redeem themselves to me.*HintNudgeHint*

    • biskmater

      I don’t think they need to redeem themselves to you, or anyone else for that matter. Sure was a plot twist, though.

    • DiosFancifulRomp

      Heck no, Reburst is awful.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        uhh, same as fans saying digimon frontier is awful only bcos human changed into digimon..

    • Greg

      Great manga, but doubt it would succeed as a game. A Pokemon Reburst game would mostly like be a fighting-genre game, which the Pokemon game series isn’t about at all. Yes, we’ve seen several spin offs of pokemon(good and bad), but a Pokemon Reburst game is kinda hard to imagine. Though it at least deserves an anime I believe.

  • Herok♞

    I love how the horse is smoking a cig and they said this “That popular game that is played around the world, will be reborn in a surprising collaboration!” This is accurate since its solitaire reborn in a surprising way, at least this is a good reminder game freak does more than pokemon.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething


    • ShadowDivz

      Pretty much what i was thinking.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething


    • LOL! It’s perfect!

  • Deidara19

    Wow, wasnt expecting this, I must say I was hoping for something more but hey, if GameFreak thinks this was a good idea, I wont knock their judgement. Although i will say that is a huge disappointment

  • ShadowDivz

    I think this is the greatest troll ever released on the internet….

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      no TWEWY solo remix for the Iso was

      • DyLaN

        lolololololol NOPE.

        Ppl are still unhappy over it?

        • ShawnOtakuSomething


          • DyLaN

            Not even with HD art, redrawn sprites, restored OST and Hype-girl?

            EDIT: lolololol I am not allowed to like a nicely done port?

          • Barrylocke89

            Don’t get me wrong, Solo Remix got a lot of effort put into it, enough that you can’t just call it a “mere port”. The Redrawn Sprites mostly look great, the fact that it has every twewy song from both the western and eastern versions of the game AND new music is appreciated. They really tried to give the game a fresh coat of gloss and I appreciate that.

            …but it’s JUST NOT THE SAME, especially after the big countdown they did.

  • DyLaN
  • LDM

    Did they just pulled a Square on us?

  • SlickRoach

    I don’t know what my feelings are doing right now after this news.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Huh… Not quite as interesting an idea as Pokemon X Nobunaga’s Ambition…

  • Scarletmoonwish

    There better be a horse that looks like Pontay to make up for this.

  • Sweet Sui ♥

    A pretty colossal disappointment, but hey, at least the horses look kindasorta cute… right? ^_^”” lol.

  • FFmax

    WTF? Seriously, what is this?

  • chroma816

    II don’t…I can’t understand this. But whatever, I guess Gamfreak knows what it’s doing AND it’s not ruining Pokemon.

  • ninjabart122

    I wouldn’t blame them for deciding to do something that isn’t pokemon, considering that it’s practically the only game they’ve been working on as of recently, aside from HarmoKnight.

    Although what we did get was pretty surprising. Hopefully people don’t start calling it a massive failure until they actually try it.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Geez, the Siliconera community gets fussy about the silliest things. Square Enix makes a countdown site, therefore it is disingenuous for them to reveal at the end an enhanced rerelease of TWEWY. They led us on (somehow). Siliconera promised an exclusive on a Square Enix game, and then it was a weird shooter from Cavia. Boo, dishonest Siliconera! They even gave money to charity over that one, totally ridiculous.

    And now people are upset because Gamefreak promised an unexpected crossover and delivered an unexpected crossover that didn’t include Pokemon. What, was that too unexpected? I dunno what they did wrong, but people here are sure incensed.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      I think people are more disappointed that it’s a 500 yen game that has a look you could find on a mobile shop anywhere pretty much.

  • LightGenx

    I’m just glad that the silhouette wasn’t a Pokemon.

  • Eh…. meeeeh.

  • AuraGuyChris

    And suddenly all that Harvest Moon X Pokémon fanart was created for no reason.
    Well, they could’ve gone with Animal Crossing X Pokémon to make it within their teams.

  • It looks cute :)

    Might be a little awkward to play, though. At least nobody can say now that Nintendo or their studios don’t make new franchises.

    Ah who am I kidding. They’ll say that even if they make nothing but new franchises.

  • well its not a lie solitaire is popular

  • Strain42

    This is what I get for getting my hopes up for a Viva Pinata game with Pokemon instead of Pinatas.

    Oh well, this actually seems like it could be fun, and I would like to support GameFreak on their first self-published title.

  • celery

    I’M excited.

    Game Freak’s non-Pokemon games are great.

    Solitaire is fun but after a while gets boring. This would be such a fun mix!

    Looking forward to it as always, Game Freak! <3

  • Tom_Phoenix

    If nothing else, you have to admit that Nintendo has been preety good at suprising people. In fact, it’s kind of amazing that they’ve been able to pull it off with crossover projects three times in a row.

  • Sergio Briceño

    I actually think like it’s an awesome mobile game concept. Very few developers know how to make one right.

  • mike dickson

    why ?

    • DyLaN

      They think it will sell and they did it, tht is all to it.

  • homogenized

    To me the bigger news is that this game will be self published.

    Guess Game Freak is no longer (completely) under Nintendo’s thumb?

  • Just Tim


    For some reason, I can easily see this getting localized in Korea…

  • this explains how i felt

  • AndyLC

    Jesus christ that Horse has a pompadour!

    Gotta get this

  • Andres Pena

    called it, but not very happy i was right…. :-:

  • beat

    LAME…….I thought it would be Harvest Moon…lol

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