Top Ten: Pokémon Spin-Offs

We rank the ten best Pokémon spin-off games!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 10/08/2013 09:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

5) Pokémon Trading Card Game

Released: 2000
Game Boy Color

No one could have guessed how big of a hit Pokémon was going to be across multiple genres of entertainment once it arrived in the US. Along with the wild success of Pokémon Red and Blue, the little monsters that could also yielded an engaging anime and trading card game. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, the Pokémon Trading Card Game was a phenomenon unto itself, enough to warrant a video game adaptation all its own. Pokémon Trading Card Game featured the overhead, RPG elements of Red and Blue, but replaced traditional Pokémon battles with the gameplay of the Wizards’ card game. The learning curve here is probably the steepest of any Pokémon game, as the player had to learn and understand the rules of the card game in order to advance.

Luckily, the tutorial at the beginning of the game helped relieve any initial intimidation and eased players into Pokémon Trading Card Game’s unique play control. With over 200 cards from the actual Wizards game and the ability to save up to four decks, players were treated to a ton of varied content and challenging gameplay. Copies of the game even included a limited edition Pokémon trading card! A sequel was released in Japan that never came to the West; hopefully we can one day see a localization come to the 3DS’s eShop!

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