Now Everyone Can Play The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

For over a decade Pokémon fans have been facing-off against one another in fierce trading card based battles around the world. Today those battles go online, and anyone with a web browser can play.

Today marks the launch of the open beta of the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, where Pokémon fans of all shapes and sizes can participate in card based duels by simply signing up for an account and choosing a deck. Earlier this year The Pokémon Company launched a singleplayer version, the Trainer Challenge, paving the way for this full online multiplayer instalment of the popular trading card game.

The online launch coincides with the physical release of the Pokémon TCG: Black & White Emerging Powers theme decks and booster packs, each featuring pack-in codes to unlock special cards in the online game. The game features a broad selection of pre-made decks for players that would rather get into the game quickly.

"Fans of Pokémon TCG now have the freedom to battle against one another regardless of location, and that's exciting for the entire Pokémon community," said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. "Everything Pokémon TCG players love about the game is replicated in a rich, customisable online environment and our hope is that Pokémon TCG Online makes the game even more accessible to anyone who wants to play."

I'd say it's done the trick. I've played a couple of matches already, and I actually understand what's going on. That might not sound impressive, but it's a milestone for me. Let me savour it. Go play.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online [Official Website]


    I know Gamefreak are almost married to Nintendo, but i would play this on Xbox Live, almost asmuch as my partner plays magic.

      If only I could get my partner to play either :P Oh well this looks interesting enough!

    If Nintendo were ever to create an app for the iPad this would be a great place to start

      doesnt the ipad have a web browser,

    It's a shame that the card game itself isn't very deep or very good...

    But do you need to buy boosters online?!?! Why isn't that even mentioned?

    Although I played it quite extensively, I was very disappointed with the Pokemon trading card game. The mechanics using energy forces you to limit your team to have as little type diversity as possible, whereas full type coverage was an important factor to consider in the gameboy/DS games. Thus the system involving weakness and resistance made single pokemon counter entire decks, so my friends and I never incorporated those into our games. This essentially removes any element of strategy that the video games had, as this alternative system meant all our pokemon were typeless.

    They fixed it to some extent by reducing the power of weakness and resistance had over dictating the course of the game, but this meant new cards had a distinct advantage over the older ones. The progressive over-powering of cards in sequential sets, forcing everyone to continually buy them to even stand a chance in new battles was something that also irked me. This, in hindsight, was an error made by the original developers, as stringent limits on overall power of a single card meant that battles lasted shorter.

    Basically the new cards seem to be balanced when considered by themselves in their set, it just makes me bitter that my old cards are worthless.

      Welcome to the wonderful world of CCGs

    The rules for this card game are crazy, just about everyone in my childhood has no idea how to play it. One of my mates tried to explain it - all I could do was raise an eyebrow!

      ??? Its quite simple.
      I picked up the tcg game on gbc when it was released. Finished it that night aswell. Loved the tcg when i was younger.
      Gonna give it ago. Hope its similar to how basic/jungle was.

    I really want to play this game, but I can't download it. :( I've tried several times, but when the wizard setup guide pops up, as some point during the installation an error always occurs. It says it has encountered a problem and must close or something. Could someone help me, please? I use Windows XP.

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