Magikarp Jump is the Next Mobile Pokemon Game

The world's most useless Pokemon is the star of a bizarre new mobile adventure.

Given the success of Pokemon GO, it was only a matter of time before Nintendo opened the floodgates for more mobile Pokemon games, but we certainly didn’t expect a lowly little fish to come squirting out of those floodgates. 

Yes, the latest entry in the line of Pokemon gaming apps is a self-aware parody of one of the weakest Pokemon of them all. Here’s the release trailer for Magikarp Jump

Magikarp Jump requires players to catch multiple Magikarps and raise them to be the greatest high jumper in all the land. To do so, trainers will need to pit their Magikarp against punching bags, fellow Pokemon, and eventually, other Magikarp who are interested in dethroning your capture as the greatest jumping fish that ever lived. 

If you’re not up to speed on your Pokemon lore, you may be wondering what the big joke you’re missing here is. See, Magikarp is an essentially useless Pokemon who can eventually evolve into the mighty Kraken known as Gyrados. Before that transformation, Magikarp can’t really do anything more than send a meaningless splash attack an opponent’s way. 

Magikarp’s uselessness has made him the most lovable loser on the Pokemon roster. Magikarp Jump capitalizes on that status by turning the little fish that could into a largely expandable resource capable of performing an unusual trick. 

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Despite the presence of the word “jump” in its title, Magikarp Jump actually has more in common with a Tamogatchi game than the highly-addictive Doodle Jump. It also represents the most…what’s the nice word here…pedestrian mobile game associated with a Nintendo property. It will be interesting to see whether or not Nintendo and the Pokemon Company continue to test the extent of Pokemon‘s appeal via similar simplistic titles. 

Magikarp Jump is currently available for iOS and Android. It’s a free-to-play game with microtransactions. 

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