During today’s Nintendo Direct, Japan’s most popular mobile game made an appearance. Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition will be launching on the Nintendo 3DS on May 22nd, available both online and in stores. The games come in a two-for-one package for $29.99. Puzzle & Dragons Z is a more traditional version of the game, while Super Mario Bros. Edition features all Mario creatures as its usable monsters. Those opting for the eShop will be able to pre-order the title today, if they so choose, and if you’re not sure about the game, a demo will be available on the eShop April 30th so you can try it out.

For those unaware, Puzzle & Dragons is Japan’s biggest mobile title. in 2013 it was even the highest grossing mobile game in the world. At its core, it’s a match three puzzle game mixed with an RPG, but its popularity is well founded, as the title has an enormous library of monsters to recruit and raise. It is a little like Pokèmon in many ways. Its monetization model has been scrutinized, as it uses many of the standard microtransactions that drive people mad, but the benefit of a paid-up-front DS release is that these versions of the game will almost certainly forgo that less desirable trait.

Source: Nintendo Direct

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Stefan Terry
One of my earliest memories with games was just after Pokémon had come out in the states for the first time. I remember, after having watched the show for a couple weeks, stumbling across a friend with an original Gameboy playing Pokémon Red version using a Weedle. When he told me he was playing Pokémon, I told him I didn't know there was a Pokémon that had a pumpkin for a head. Boy games have come a long way. Speaking of games, I also contribute to making them somewhat professionally, and ocassionaly write about them. You should see some of that games writing stuff, I hear it's real popular with the kids these days.

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