Pokémon Shuffle Reaches 2.5 Million Downloads Worldwide

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Free-to-play game Pokémon Shuffle has reached 2.5 million downloads worldwide, The Pokémon Company announced today. In commemoration of the figure, a free “Disruption Delay” item is being given out to all players.


Two weeks ago, The Pokémon Company announced that Pokémon Shuffle had reached 1 million downloads worldwide, which means that the game has seen another 1.5 million downloads since. It should be interesting to see how long growth can be maintained. With over 50 million Nintendo 3DSes in homes, there’s certainly room for much more.


Pokémon Shuffle is one of three prominent free-to-play games published on the 3DS by Nintendo—the other two being Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball and Steel Diver: Sub Wars.


Meanwhile, developers such as Sega, Genius Sonority, and Square Enix have been experimenting with free-to-play titles on the device in Japan, but these have yet to be released in the West. Genius Sonority in particular have seen success with their Denpa Men RPG Free! title, which has been downloaded 1.8 million times as of February.

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.