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Free 'Pokemon' title announced for Nintendo 3DS, but it's Japan only for now

Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
Photo courtesy of The Pokemon Company International

Who is up for another Pokémon game for the Nintendo 3DS? Better yet, who is up for a free Pokemon game? That may just be the case as the latest CoroCoro scan released Tuesday revealed a new title in the franchise that will be released for free later this summer. There is a catch though – it’s only been announced for Japan so far.

“The Band of Thieves & 1000 Pokémon” was spotted in Coro by and PokeJungle among others. The game will be released on June 5 in Japan as a tie-in to the animated “Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction” movie.

The game will use StreetPass to collect Pokémon to battle thieves, who are based on the characters Riot and Marilyn from the movie. The winner of each battle is determined by the number of Pokémon that players have collected.

It’s hard to tell from the scan but the art style of the game is described as sprites which look like paper cut-outs. A full announcement is expected on Thursday, May 15 but the game will be available to download from the Nintendo eShop for only a limited time.

Again, there is no word on whether “The Band of Thieves & 1000 Pokémon” will see an international release. If it does, it will likely happen at the same time that the “Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction” animated feature makes its way to North American and European shores.

This will mark the third Pokémon-themed game for the Nintendo 3DS in 2014, however. Nintendo announced “Pokémon Art Academy” for the handheld yesterday with plans to release the drawing tutorial game in July in Europe and the fall for North America. That will be followed by releases for “Pokémon Omega Ruby” and “Pokémon Alpha Sapphire” sometime in November. Both are remakes of the Gameboy Advanced “Ruby” and “Sapphire” titles but with the graphics engine of “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y.”

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