While many of us diligently play games on PC and console, an enormous portion of the worldwide population gravitates toward mobile and social gaming. Sitting on the top of a mountain of money is Gung Ho's Puzzle & Dragons, the first mobile title to cross the $1 billion revenue mark.
The title has crossed over with a number of other games and even licensed properties, but the next one might be the most ambitious. Gung Ho is teaming with Nintendo to bring a two-pack of standalone, premium Puzzle & Dragons games to 3DS.
Launching in May, Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition are two different takes on the formula. I had a chance to play the Super Mario version, and was pleasantly surprised at the mash-up.
For those that haven't played any games in the series, Puzzle & Dragons isn't your average match-3 game. Instead of being limited to a single move, players have a limited amount of time to slide one orb around the board. This bumps others out of the way and hopefully outs them in a position to make even more matches.
You go into battle with a leader, a support character, and a number of other minions. Each offers a different skill that can be used to affect the orb board. In one course (a set of RPG-style fights), Mario led my team as Luigi provided back up and a number of colored Yoshis filled out the roster. In the other, it was Boo Mario with Boo Luigi (note: This is absolutely a missed opportunity, as he should be called Boo-igi).