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Why Is Pokemon Ga-Ole So Popular? Can I Invest In Ga-Ole Disks Like Pokemon TCG?

Why Is Pokemon Ga-Ole So Popular? Can I Invest In Ga-Ole Disks Like Pokemon TCG?
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Do you remember those old arcade games that give you collectables? Games like Animal Kaiser, or the Naruto arcade game that offer collectable cards as a reward for playing the game used to be populated with long queues.

What made these games popular was the thrill of collecting those cards, with every player striving to get the rarest ones.

Today, we have a new contender and a big one as it involves a big name as the theme of this arcade game and that is Pokémon Ga-Olé.

What Is Pokemon Ga-Ole?

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Pokémon Ga-Olé, developed by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. and Marvelous, is an arcade game that brings the excitement of Pokémon battles to life through physical disks depicting Pokémon species. 

Launched in Japan in 2016 and later expanding to various Asian regions including South Korea, Taiwan, Mainland China, Singapore, and Malaysia, Pokémon Ga-Olé acts as a continuation of the flagship Pokemon arcade game after the discontinuation of Pokemon Tretta.

In Pokemon Ga-Ole, players use “disks” to showcase their captured Pokemons and to use them in battle. These disks can be acquired by capturing Pokémon in-game and evolving their Pokemon after playing the game.

Each Pokemon will have varying rarity (known as Grades) with different statistics, namely HP, Defense, Special Defense, Speed, and Energy. They also have your classic Pokemon types such as fire, water, and grass with their respective strengths and weaknesses 

Although the types of each Pokemon are the same as those of the main Pokemon series, each of them is only limited to 1 or 2 moves at most.

What Does Pokemon Ga-Ole’s Machine Look Like?

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Pokémon Ga-Olé combines physical gameplay with digital elements to create an exciting and accessible arcade adventure for Pokémon enthusiasts.

The game’s interactive setup features a 50-inch vertical monitor for immersive visuals, a control panel with input buttons and disk slots, and peripherals like the Poké Ball lever for capturing Pokémon. 

The price of each game varies depending on your region but essentially it works like any other arcade machine where you insert the required amount of credits to play the game. 

Interactive Arcade Setup

Under the monitor, there will be a control panel with a pair of main input buttons on the left and right, coloured blue and orange respectively, and a pair of slots in the center for inserting Pokemon disks. 

For capturing Pokemon, a Poke Ball lever is located at the front. The control panel also contains a card scanner to the right, used to scan Ga-Olé Passes, and a Multi-Scanner to the left which is for reading QR Codes and interacting with other peripherals

At the lower part of the machine is where you’ll find a slot which is where the disks that you earn from playing the game are dispensed.

The Game Modes Of Pokemon Ga-Ole

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In Pokémon Ga-Olé, there are three different game modes, including “Battle and Catch!,” “Catch Now!,” and “Event Battle!” 

Battle And Catch!

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“Battle and Catch!” is the most popular mode, where players embark on a full game session with up to 3 rounds per play. 

In this mode, players select a course featuring various Pokémon encounters, including the possibility of encountering powerful Legendary Pokémon by progressing beyond the first round.

Each round in Pokémon Ga-Olé comprises intense 2-on-2 Pokémon battles with a 20-second timer. In a battle, players will insert disks featuring their chosen Pokémon into designated slots on the console’s control panel.

The primary goal during battle is to position Pokémon icons to the extreme right of the Attack Gauge, enabling them to perform moves when the gauge is filled. This is done by mashing to 2 main buttons on the control panel as quickly as possible.

Once your gauge has reached the extreme right, you’ll spin an attack roulette that determines the attacking power of your Pokemon. Based on this attack, your Pokemon will attack the opponent and as it attacks, mash the buttons again to further increase the attack damage.

After you’ve defeated the opposing Pokemon, you’ll be given a chance to capture them and here you’ll select a type of Pokeball and then attempt to capture one of the two (or both if you add more credits) opposing Pokemon.

To get the disk of the captured Pokemon however, you’ll have to add more credits and at the end of the game, you’ll be rewarded with a disk with this captured Pokemon.

Catch Now!

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The second mode, “Catch Now!” allows you to simply catch multiple Pokemon without battling, which is perfect for those who simply want to get more disks without battling.

You can play this mode consecutively up to nine times, where after each time you finish catching a Pokemon, you’ll can continue to catch more by inserting more credits.

Event Battle!

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In “Event Battle!”, you pick a trainer from a list of trainers with various strengths and Pokemon and battle them.

The battles here work similarly to the “Catch and Battle!” game mode however you will not be able to capture your opponent’s Pokemon. Instead, a disk will be given to you at random for completing the battle.

Ga-Olé Passes and Rewards

Ga-Ole Passes allow players to record game data, customise avatars, and earn rewards like Ga-Ole Medals. These passes enhance the gaming experience by providing additional features and tracking progress.

For anyone intending to take this game more seriously, it’s definitely recommended to get a Ga-Ole pass, as by tracking your progress, using Support Pokemon and having access to “Item Chance!” will greatly enhance your gaming experience.

Can I Invest In These Like Pokemon TCG?


So you’re a Pokemon TCG collector looking to expand your alternative investment portfolio? Well although this is also Pokemon, it’s not exactly something that we would recommend that you fully invest in.

Looking at the history of Pokemon arcade games, its predecessor, Pokemon Tretta lasted for only around 11 years before being discontinued and Tretta’s predecessor, Pokemon Battrio lasted for only around 5 years before its discontinuation.

For long-term investors, that’s not looking very good. Furthermore, the target audience is quite limited as for now, Pokemon Ga-Ole is currently only in Asian regions. To make things worse, the disks are not even compatible inter-region.

Overall, while there’s still value to Pokemon Ga-Ole disks, we believe that it’s better to look at it as a game that’s played and collected for fun, not something that you should pour serious investment money into.

With that being said, if you’re interested in Pokemon TCG products, look no further than our store here for a variety of Pokemon TCG items like graded slabs and sealed products sold at great prices!

All in all, Pokémon Ga-Olé offers a captivating blend of arcade excitement and Pokémon adventure. With its fun gameplay and the thrill of catching them all by collecting Pokemon disks, Pokémon Ga-Olé provides endless entertainment for Pokémon fans of all ages.
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