Pokemon has remained a multimedia juggernaut since Poke-mania reached its peak within the early aughts, however the franchise skilled a resurgence in 2016 with the arrival of Pokemon Go. Mixing geolocation and augmented actuality, the cell sport was a right away hit, as keen gamers all over the world flooded parks and stopped site visitors seeking wild Pokemon.
Since that explosive debut, Pokemon Go has continued to develop. Now, six years on from the cell sport’s launch, the Pokemon Buying and selling Card Recreation has launched its first Pokemon Go-themed card growth, and it is a magnificence.
That includes practically 80 new playing cards impressed by the hit cell sport, the Pokemon Go TCG set is a good-looking assortment that lovingly pays tribute to Niantic’s spin-off. What’s most putting is simply how ably the set interprets the essence of the cell sport into buying and selling playing cards, each aesthetically and mechanically.
The cardboard art work is a selected spotlight. The hand-drawn playing cards are stunning as ever, however the growth additionally introduces a number of photorealistic playing cards depicting Pokemon in real-world settings, paying homage to Pokemon Go’s augmented actuality nature. Not solely are these playing cards stylistically distinctive in comparison with different Pokemon TCG units, however in addition they seize a variety of scenes, from a Charizard hovering majestically via a cityscape to a Snorlax hilariously obstructing somebody’s doorstep.
Most artistic, nevertheless, is the brand new Ditto card, which references the cell sport in a intelligent approach. In Pokemon Go, the shapeshifting Ditto usually seems within the wild disguised as a special Pokemon, solely revealing its true type as soon as it has been captured. The brand new Ditto card performs the same trick. Sure Pokemon playing cards within the set are marked with a small, simply missed Ditto icon within the decrease left nook. Peel again the nook of those playing cards and you will uncover the highest layer is definitely a sticker concealing the actual Ditto card. It is an ingenious solution to recreate the shock of encountering a Ditto in Pokemon Go.
As an off-the-cuff Pokemon TCG fan who has solely dabbled within the precise card sport, I am unable to converse to the metagame implications of the brand new Pokemon and Coach playing cards. As collectibles, nevertheless, the Pokemon Go set is without doubt one of the most gorgeous TCG expansions in latest reminiscence. New card units are launched at such a brisk tempo that it is typically troublesome for informal followers to maintain up with, however the Pokemon Go growth is price searching for out, even when you have not felt the urge to purchase Pokemon playing cards in ages.
The Pokemon Go TCG set is out there to buy in shops and on. You possibly can learn extra concerning the assortment and examine the total record of recent playing cards on the official Pokemon TCG web site.
CNET was supplied a complimentary set of playing cards by the writer.