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Pokémon is back for mobile devices with the surprise release of strategy-based 'Duel'


WATCH | The Pokémon Company has just released a new app for iOS and Android devices, featuring a new way to battle with Pikachu and others. 

The game arrived today with no announcement of its release beforehand.

Pokémon Duel features board-game type of play, where players must move and take over their competitor's territory, with different strategies and move sets that can be used in various ways.

Much like the original games, you can have a fully customizable team of 6 Pokémon to do battle with. Pokémon are collected through obtaining digital figures, which can be "fused" with other figures to upgrade each's digital disk (the creature's listing of stats, moves, and abilities).

Matches take place online against others with the app. The more matches you win, the higher your ranking goes up, giving you access to better creatures and items.

The game is free to play, but items are available for purchase through the app's in-game shop.

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