It's not a great game, it's a little disappointing that Nintendo is going the freemium route, but it's free entertainment, so I'll play it some. That last sentence is in my adult voice. I have money to buy real games and I don't always need to go with the cheapest option. If I switch to the voice I had 12 years ago, this game is a great value for all kids who have a the console but can't afford games very often. I was always lucky enough to have game consoles, but often times, I had to scrap to get games. I would play the Gamestop system as well as I could and at 13 I started torrenting DS games onto a rom cart. A free game I could play several times a day featuring Pokemon would have made me very happy, so I am sure Pokemon Shuffle has made some kids happy.
Perhaps we should look at freemium games as a sort of video game redistribution system. Those who can afford micro transactions ensure that everyone gets this game for free.It's not a perfect system, it doesn't lead to amazing games, but in this instance, I' not gonna complain about it.