Nintendo announced Pokemon Picross during the recent Nintendo Direct for the 3DS. The game’s Twitter page has revealed Picross’ arrival date for North America and Europe: Thursday, December 3, 2015. What’s more, Pokemon Picross will be free to download, in a similar fashion to Pokemon Shuffle and Pokemon Rumble World.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>US Trainers: <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pokemon?src=hash”>#Pokemon</a> Picross arrives on Nintendo eShop on December 3! <a href=”https://t.co/KxLuIO9pte”>https://t.co/KxLuIO9pte</a> <a href=”https://t.co/Ol4DFX99M2″>pic.twitter.com/Ol4DFX99M2</a></p>— Pokémon (@Pokemon) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Pokemon/status/669641666559504384″>November 25, 2015</a></blockquote>
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In Pokemon Picross, players solve number puzzles with the help of Pokemon they’ve acquired in order to complete a portrait of the stage’s featured Pokemon. Doing so will add it to their collection. The download size is currently unknown, but judging from the other free-to-start Pokemon games, it ought to be fairly light.