"Pikachu use thunder...smash!"

“Pikachu use thunder…smash!”

I’m going to take it from the very beginning with this one: Pokemon Tretta is an arcade game, so far only seen in Japan, that allows you  to collect and battle your favourite Pokemon in an odd yet really cool way. To play the arcade game you simply need one or more of the pog-like, Pokemon discs that you get, at random, every time you play the arcade game. You put money in, it dispenses a random Pokemon and you’re on your way. These little coins/discs are also like memory cards for the game that store your Pokemon’s level as you fight and win. Kind of quirky, kind of awesome. You can have as many of these discs as you like but you can only use three at a time. That’s the arcade game.

I would love to see something like that here.

I would love to see something like that here.

Now that you know about the arcade machine let me tell you about the new Software/Hardware combo for the 3DS: Because of the Pokemon Tretta Arcade Machine’s popularity in Japan the Developer Marvelous AQL has begun developing the Pokemon Tretta Lab for the 3DS. It uses the same discs as the machine, in fact the two are to tie in with each other almost directly. The add-on to your 3DS allows you to organise your Pokemon Tretta Discs. It is a pairing of hardware and software; the software will be able to be purchased through the Nintendo eShop which actually comes with the Hardware and several pucks.

The Pokemon Tretta Lab sports three different modes to be used along side the Arcade Machine and the Pokemon Discs: The first is the Tretta Analyzer which is basically like a “Status” screen for your pucks. It shows you the level, the type, the stats, etc. Much like a normal Pokemon game. The second is the Type Checker. This allows you to compare two different Pokemon and see if their Type Combination matches up. This surely would prove to be helpful in battle. The third is Auto Battle. You scan two discs and the game will show them battle it out. Basically this Add-On is more for preparation than anything else.

The system Add-On and pucks are shown below:

Pikachu is and will always be the star of the show.

Pikachu is and will always be the star of the show.

This is all set for release, in Japan, on August the 10th of this year and will be available for both the 3DS and the 3DS XL. Now even though we’ve seen nothing of this nature hear in Oz it’s still interesting and my hopes are still high that maybe, one day, we’ll see something this awesome in local arcades.

Stay tuned and keep your eyes open for more news on this as it is released. Don’t forget to head to out comments section below and drop us a line telling us what you think about this.

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