If you’ve gotten bored with the Pokémon Go craze, you may be excited to hear that a new Pokemon mobile game is being tested out now. It’s called Pokéland, and launched today for testing on Android platforms in Japan. Once testing is complete, the game will release on both Android and iOS.
The test will last through June 9th at at 3PM local time. Players will sign into the game by using their Nintendo account, which also means all of your Miis will be playable in Pokéland. It appears to play like Pokemon Rumble and will offer a lot of content if the testing phase offers us any insight. Currently, those playing Pokéland in Japan have access to 134 different Pokemon across six islands and 52 stages. There is also a boss tower on the menu. Seeing as this is only an alpha for the game, the final content for Pokéland will probably be bigger once all optimizations have been performed.
All of the data that players earn during the test will be wiped once the phase is complete, so they will not have an advantage once the game goes live. If you happen to be in Japan and wish to get into the party, you need to have Android version 4.4 or higher and be sure to hurry. The testing will be limited to 10,000 participants, which shouldn’t be hard to get given the local popularity of Pokémon.
No other details were announced about the game, and there is no word on whether or not it will release outside of Japan. Unlike Pokemon Go which only requires an E-mail and internet connection, Pokéland asks you to sign in with your Nintendo account. This means Nintendo may have more of a stake in Pokéland than they did with Pokémon Go, and that it could be part of their mobile lineup such as Super Mario Run.
We’ll have to wait to hear more until the end of testing most likely, which is currently set for next Friday, June 9th. For now, Pokéland will be released in Japan on both Android and iOS platforms.