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Things to Do While Waiting for Pokémon Shuffle Hearts to Recharge February 26, 2015

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.
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Pokémon Shuffle released on the Nintendo eShop earlier this week and it can be downloaded right now on any model 3DS or 2DS free of charge.

While a full review of the game is in the works, we don’t plan to publish it before we finish it and because of how the game is designed, that’s been taking a while. While we’re enjoying the game a lot, every puzzle in the game requires a single heart to play (win or lose) and unless extra hearts are purchased it only keeps a maximum of five hearts in memory. Since Pokémon Shuffle requires its players to wait a half hour in real-time to recharge a single heart without having to pay for it, players could find themselves with a lot of downtime as they try to complete the game.

So here are a couple of fun things you can do in between sessions of Pokémon Shuffle as you wait for your hearts to recharge.

  • Check out the YouTube channel of TamashiiHiroka.  She has some of the best Pokémon review and analysis videos I’ve seen on the internet.
  • Download the Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demo from the Nintendo eShop and play through some missions. Even if you have the full version of either game, you can earn some goodies in the demo that you can bring to the full versions.
  • If you have a Netflix account you can stream the first two seasons of Pokémon the Animated Series as well as a few of the Pokémon Animated Movies on the service.  Set it to Season 1, Episode 1 and just keep the episodes going.
  • If you don’t have Netflix but have your own personal Android or iOS device you can still watch the Pokémon Animated series through the Pokémon TV app.  While not all of the episodes from each season are available, it does offer a smattering of episodes from each region and new episodes are added every week.   If you have an Apple TV, there is no native Pokémon TV app for it yet but if you have an iDevice with the app installed you can stream the episodes to your Apple TV using AirPlay.  You can also stream Pokémon TV episodes from your PC here.
  • Read some Pokémon fanfiction on Fanfiction.net.  It is by far the most written about game franchise on the entire site.  If you don’t like any of the stories, you can always just write your own.
  • Watch my Pokémon Memories video.
  • Try to fill up your daily allotment of steps for the 3DS’s internal step counter and the Pokéwalker.
  • Make plans to attend this year’s Pokémon World Championships. They’re taking place August 21-23, 2015 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.
  • Play a Pokémon Generation title like Pokémon Diamond, Pokémon Black, or Pokémon X. The 3DS and 2DS can not only play all 3DS titles, it can also play any DS game which does not require use of a GBA slot. Play as much as you want, save your game and then boot up Pokémon Shuffle.  Once you run out of hearts you can go boot your generational title back up and resume your Pokémon journey.  Don’t worry if you plan to play a fourth or fifth generation title on your 3DS while also playing Pokémon Shuffle. Even though active DS games played on a 3DS will disable most of the 3DS’s background features while the DS game is running, this doesn’t seem to affect the Pokémon Shuffle’s heart recharge timer.

Pokémon Shuffle is out now on the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS through the Nintendo eShop.

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