Pokemon Shuffle

Pokémon Shuffle! A Freemium game from Nintendo.............WHY?!?!

Pokémon Shuffle (ポケとる Pokétoru) is a 2015 freemium puzzle game developed by Genius Sonority and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. The game, which is a spin-off of the Pokémon series and is similar in gameplay to Pokémon Battle Trozei, was released on the Nintendo eShop internationally on February 18, 2015.

Pokémon Shuffle Mobile, a version for Android and iOS, was released on August 24, 2015 in Japan, on August 31, 2015 in most English-speaking countries and on January 20, 2016 in Germany.


Similar to Pokémon Battle Trozei, the gameplay involves matching 3 or more Pokémon icons to defeat and capture wild Pokémon.

Why It Sucks

  1. Much like Rusty's Real Deal Baseball and Nintendo Badge Arcade (Nintendo's other Free-to-Play 3DS titles), the game uses the freemium model (often called "Pay-to-Win" by gamers), and it shows.
  2. It costs 1 heart to play; even after winning the level you lose your hearts anyways.
  3. Some capture rates are way too impossible for some of the Pokémon.
  4. It takes 1 hour and 40 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes for mobile) to get your 5 hearts back.
  5. Mega Gengar and Mega Glalie force you to use items to even beat them.
  6. The Mega Evolution music is annoying to listen to and has no way to skip it or turn it off.
  7. You even lose your 5 hearts after the first few stages of the game.
  8. It is a rip-off of Bejeweled, much like many other games that use the freemium model (such as Candy Crush Saga and its many spin-offs).