Pokémon Shuffle Microtransaction Details Revealed

Monday, February 16th, 2015

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Pokemon Shuffle

The free-to-play distinction of Pokémon Shuffle, a spinoff of the Trozei/Link series, may be a little dubious.

While indeed free to download and play, Shuffle imposes some limits. The game gives you five “Hearts” to begin with. These Hearts serve as energy to play the game. Each of the game’s 160 stages will cost one Heart to play, and once they run out, it will take 30 minutes for them to regenerate. There are two alternatives to waiting: StreetPass with someone else who has the game, or pay.

Paying $1 will net one “Gem.” Gems can be used to refill Hearts (one Gem will refill five hearts), or to purchase Coins, which can decrease the difficulty of stages and get power-ups. Of course, buying Gems isn’t necessary, but going without equates to a lot of waiting.

Here’s a rundown of Heart and Coin costs:

  • 1 Gem = 5 Hearts/5,000 Coins
  • 3 Gems = 20 Hearts/20,000 Coins
  • 6 Gems = 45 Hearts/45,000 Coins
  • 10 Gems = 75 Hearts/75,000 Coins

Pokémon Shuffle will be available for download on the eShop this Wednesday, February 18, in Japan and North America.


About Ben Hafen

Ben is a 20-year-old college student who joined the Operation Rainfall crew in 2015. Amongst his hobbies are writing stories, singing, raging against post-game bosses in Etrian Odyssey Untold, and biking everywhere in the hopes of hatching a shiny Carbink.

  • Michael Fontanini

    You’re better than that, Nintendo!

  • Cameron Ward

    well, 30 minutes isn’t that horrible. I mean, this is still kind of dumb, but least it isnt Dungeon Keeper Mobile bad

    • Jahu

      Agreed. I thought Destructoid’s article title (sourced) was pretty over-the-top.

  • Ibi Salmon

    I have to say, their previous attempt at a free-to-play game was a lot better than this. Still, this isn’t too bad.

  • Jahu

    Taking all this into account, I expect that the game will give you a few free Gems, perhaps at the beginning, or as you clear certain stages, not dissimilar to Puzzle & Dragons.

  • Jahu

    Hello, all, author here. I now have the game, and can confirm that the situation is not as bad as it seems.

    ~As soon as you use up one Heart, it immediately starts the half-hour countdown to restore your hearts to full.
    ~Every battle you win rewards you with Coins.
    ~After you finish the first area of the game, you’ve already been awarded two free Jewels.

    Additional Jewels can still be purchased to get additional Coins and Hearts, but all is not lost!