Pocket Card Jockey from Pokemon developer out now on 3DS eShop

Pokemon series developer Game Freak returns to the Nintendo 3DS eShop this week with Pocket Card Jockey, an oddball hybrid title that mixes solitaire with professional horse racing.

Pocket Card Jockey joins a varied lineup of eShop releases for the Wii U and 3DS this week, including Virtual Console standouts like Super Punch-Out and Style Savvy.

In Pocket Card Jockey, players rush to complete solitaire hands while simultaneously competing for top honors in a frantic horse race. Successfully stacking cards in the middle of the race powers up your horse, and consistent play results in better track positioning and boosted speed.

In addition to its core card-shuffling gameplay, Pocket Card Jockey also allows players to upgrade their stable and breed horses in order to produce stronger steeds for future races. Pocket Card Jockey is available exclusively via the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $7. A free demo version is also up for download.

New Nintendo 3DS owners can also look forward to a Virtual Console version of the 1994 Super Nintendo boxing title Super Punch-Out. A sequel to the popular Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, Super Punch-Out improves on its predecessor with bigger characters, refined gameplay, and a greater variety of pugilistic challenges.

Also arriving on the 3DS eShop this week is a collection of six new maps for Nintendo’s recently released strategy-RPGs Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest.

Over on the Wii U, Nintendo’s Style Savvy premieres as the latest Nintendo DS Virtual Console title. Released in 2009, Style Savvy puts players in charge of a fashion boutique, and gameplay revolves around color coordination, outfit assembly, and meeting the tastes of fickle customers.

Other Wii U eShop releases premiering this week include the retro-styled platformer Escape from Flare Industries, golf-like puzzle game Midnight 2, sprite design software PixelMaker, number puzzler compilation Sudoku and Permudoku, futuristic racer SpaceRoads, and puzzle-platformer The Beggar’s Ride.

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