Game Freak’s secret best game no longer exclusive to 3DS

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At the beginning of December 2022, we reported that trademark for ‘Pocket Card Jockey: Go on!‘ was submitted by Game Freak. At the time, we weren’t sure what this had to do with, but now we have an answer (thanks, VGC).

We’ve got good news and bad news, folks. The good news is that the classic 3DS game is a hit Pocket Card Jockey is having a new, modern release with improved 3D visualization for horse racing events. The bad news is that it’s not coming to the Switch. Instead, Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! will be released exclusively on Apple Arcade for iOS devices.

Launching on January 20, the game will truly resemble the original 3DS title, albeit with revamped visuals and no dual monitor support. However, we are sure that this will be a good game, as we have given the original a solid foundation. 7/10 in our rating.

Here is the official description of the game:

Join this unique solitaire and horse racing combo from Game Freak, the creators of the Pokémon franchise! The original Pocket Card Jockey released to great acclaim on the Nintendo 3DS, and while the basic rules are the same, the racing sequences have been reborn in glorious 3-D!

Focus your mind and clear the cards with the next numbers in quick succession. The more cards you clear, the better your horse’s mood will be—which helps them recharge during races!

Your position on the track determines the difficulty of your solitaire rounds. There are also special cards that can be picked up if you run over them while racing. These cards offer many benefits, including leveling up your horse, learning new skills, or improving your performance in a race. Be careful, though, as running too much outside of the track will cause your horse to lose precious stamina!

If your steed has a lot of energy and has plenty of stamina left in the tank, they will run at full speed when you enter the house. Make sure not to run into other horses as you aim for first place!

Take the beloved steeds that you have raised on the racetrack and match them on the farm. The pony they produced will inherit their abilities and become your new partner on the racecourse! Breed generation after generation of racehorses in their quest to conquer all the biggest, most prestigious races in the world!

Here’s to hoping Game Freak will see fit to release Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! on Switch at some point!

What do you think of this release on Apple Arcade? Are you happy to see Pocket Card Jockey see a new lease or do you want it to appear on Switch? Let us know!


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