As of today, Pokémon is available on non-Nintendo hardware, namely smart phones. Pokémon Say Tap? was released on the Apple App Store, and sister site Kotaku Japan checked it out.

Pokémon Say Tap? is a free rhythm game for the iOS and Android. It's free, so you get what you pay for. The point here is to tap cards. And then tap Pokéballs. There's a song that just rattles off the names of Pocket Monsters.

According to Kotaku Japan's Neil Hulihan, the game is like a Guitar Hero game with one string. And one song. That you cannot change. But you can switch off. Hulihan said the game is easier to play with the song off!

The game sizes up your accuracy and rates your play. Clearing the song unlocks a hard mode.

Pokémon Say Tap? was developed by Pokémon creators Game Freak, an independent company. Nintendo owns 32 percent of Game Freak and told Bloomberg that the title's release hasn't changed its view that it will only develop games for its hardware.

This is the first Pokémon to appear on non-Nintendo portable hardware.

So How's That Non-Nintendo Pokémon Game?

ポケモン初のスマフォアプリ『ポケモン言えTAP?』で遊んでみた(動画あり) [Kotaku Japan]