Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

The Nintendo 3DS’ best (and weirdest) cult hit is coming to Apple Arcade

Apple Arcade is kicking off 2023 by adding three new titles in January. Most notable among them is Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On!, a mobile port of one of the Nintendo 3DS cult hits set to launch on January 20.

The original Pocket Card Jockey, released in 2013 in Japan and 2016 in North America, is one of the 3DS’ oddest titles. Developed by Pokémon studio Game Freak, it’s a horse-racing RPG that revolves around solitaire. Players raise and breed horses and then race them by playing fast-paced rounds of solitaire. It’s an extremely bizarre concept, but an incredibly fun one that made it one of the handheld’s most charming hidden gems.

Horses race in key art for Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On!

The Apple Arcade edition will stay true to the original, though it’ll make one change: horse races have been recreated in 3D. In the original game, they’d appear in 2D on the 3DS’ top screen while players used the bottom to play solitaire. Judging by screenshots, it would appear that races now unfold behind the solitaire action.

The addition is particularly notable because the original Pocket Card Jockey will be impossible to buy come March. The Nintendo 3DS eShop is set to shut down on March 27 this year. Since Pocket Card Jockey is a digital-only release, it will no longer be purchasable after that date. The Apple Arcade release will save it from disappearing.

Apple Arcade is getting a few more games this month as well. Squiggle Drop is a physics puzzle game where players drop shapes, while Illustrated fuses both word and jigsaw puzzles. The new releases will kick off this week with the next installment of the Episode series, Episode XOXO.

Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! launches on January 20 via Apple Arcade.

Editors' Recommendations

Giovanni Colantonio
Giovanni is a writer and video producer focusing on happenings in the video game industry. He has contributed stories to…
The most common Nintendo 3DS problems, and how to fix them
common nintendo 3ds problems and how to fix them d72661797c228a53b550835a16f6ff6ed709e7e8

The 3DS is one of the best gaming consoles around, with a great library built up after nearly 10 years in circulation. But the system has also run into its fair share of technical hiccups over the years. There’s nothing worse than pulling out your favorite 3DS games, only to find the system doesn't work as expected, particularly when you aren't sure how to fix them.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of known technical issues 3DS owners have been dealing with, along with some steps you can take to fix or prevent them. Some of these only apply to a particular version of the system -- the original 3DS’ design is substantially different than the New 3DS XL, for instance -- while others are issues that occur across the entire 3DS family.
How to get in touch with Nintendo

Read more
The 15 best Nintendo DS games of all time
Super Mario Bros Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi consoles are still wildly popularly with retro and modern gamers alike, thanks to a catalog that features hundreds upon hundreds of high-quality titles. With so many amazing titles for the DS and DSi, though, how do you pick the perfect one for you? Easy -- check out the 15 games below, many of which are still available for the Nintendo DS family of systems.
We've also found the best 3DS games, GBA games, and Game Boy Color Games of all time.
15. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

It's a tall order to pick just one Professor Layton game to feature on this list, as they all offer similarly stellar gameplay, each featuring plenty of brain teasers, puzzles, and point-and-click goodness. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box ups the ante with an engrossing story, superb voice acting for the era, and stunning graphics and animation. The puzzles are also among the most unique and satisfying of the entire series. There is a reason, after all, why this game was recently remade for mobile devices. 

Read more
Nintendo’s 3DS discontinuation marks the end of an era for handheld gaming
Person holding Nintendo 3DS in hands

While yesterday’s PlayStation 5 launch announcement marked an exciting moment for the future of gaming, Nintendo quietly put an end to the era of dedicated, portable gaming devices. The company confirmed that it has discontinued production of the Nintendo 3DS family of handhelds.

On paper, the decision is a no-brainer. The Nintendo Switch is a massive success for the company, bringing the worlds of console and handheld gaming together. While Nintendo maintained its position that the Switch was not a replacement for the 3DS over the years — reiterating that point last year when the Switch Lite launched — it had become increasingly clear that the 3DS was outdated within Nintendo’s new strategy.

Read more