Pokémon Zany Cards

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Pokémon Zany Cards
English boxart
Basic info
Platform: Pokémon mini
Category: Strategy
Players: 1-5 players
Connectivity: Infrared
Developer: Denyusha
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: Pokémon mini series
Release dates
Japan: December 14, 2001[1]
North America: November 16, 2001
Australia: October 3, 2001 - October 11, 2002[2][3]
Europe: March 15, 2002[4]
South Korea: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Japanese: N/A
English: Official website
Japanese boxart

Pokémon Zany Cards (Japanese: ポケモンアニメカード大作戦 Pokémon Anime Card Grand Strategy) is a game for the Pokémon mini. It includes several different card games featuring cards with Pokémon decorating them. It was developed by Denyusha Co., Ltd.


There are four gameplay modes in Pokémon Zany Cards.

Wild Match

1-5 players. Players are given the challenge of matching sets of cards on the table and winning coins. Once a player has played a card, they then draw a card and add it to the table; if this card makes a set that player gets coins. The player with the most coins at the end of the game is the winner.

Wild Match opponents

List of Wild Match card combinations

Pokémon Required Combo Name Coins Earned Notes Screenshot
Any Pair 3 Can be performed with any two matching cards 150px
ChikoritaBayleefMeganium Evolved! 20 Match the Chikorita line 150px
CyndaquilQuilavaTyphlosion Evolved! 20 Match the Cyndaquil line 150px
TotodileCroconawFeraligatr Evolved! 20 Match the Totodile line 150px
ChikoritaCyndaquilTotodile GS Starters 30 A match of Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile 150px
PikachuTyrogue Someday... 20 Shows an animation of Tyrogue determined and Pikachu encouraging him 150px
PikachuLugia Fly with Lugia! 20 Shows an animation of Pikachu flying on Lugia's back 150px
PikachuHo-Oh Legendary Encounter? 20 Shows an animation of Pikachu seeing Ho-Oh in the distance.

The animation is a reference to the events of Pokémon - I Choose You!
PikachuPikachuPikachuPikachu Pikachu's Forest 40 Shows an animation of a forest full of Pikachu 150px
TyrogueHitmontopHitmonchanHitmonlee 4 Fighting Bros. 40 Shows an animation of the Tyrogue family working out 150px
LugiaArticunoZapdosMoltres Revelation Lugia 40 Shows an animation of the legendary birds followed by Lugia.

The name and the animation is a reference to the Japanese name of The Power of One.
Ho-OhRaikouEnteiSuicune Legendary Pokémon! 40 Shows an animation of Raikou, Entei and Suicune followed by Ho-Oh 150px
Differs All Cleared! 20 A bonus for matching all cards currently on the table 150px

Special Seven

1-5 players. The aim of this game is to be the first player to get rid of all of their cards. Players can match cards by suit (club, diamond, heart or spade) or by matching the Pokémon on the table. Players can also use the special abilities of some cards to change the suit.

Special Seven opponents

List of Special Seven event cards

Pokémon Effect Notes Screenshot
025 Playing this card changes the suit to the player's choice Can be played at any time but cannot be played as the final card from the player's hand 150px
052 When this card is played the next player must draw 2 cards If the next player has a Meowth card, then the next player in the order must draw 4 cards (2+2=4). If 4 players in a row have the Meowth card, then the next player without a Meowth card (there are only four in the playing deck) will have to draw 8 cards. 150px
039 When this card is played the next player in the order goes to sleep The next player skips their turn 150px
132 Playing this card changes the suit to the player's choice Can be played as the final card from the player's hand 150px
Snorlax Playing this card reverses the play order The first player in the reversed order skips their turn 150px
202 Playing this card reverses the play order If the player is being attacked by a Meowth or Gengar card and Wobbuffet is of the matching suit, Wobbuffet can be played to reverse the game order and send the extra cards back to the attacking player. 150px
Gengar When this card is played the next player draws three cards and skips their next turn 150px

Card Duel

Two players only. Each player has the same cards. The player that players the highest value card wins the cards on the table. This game can only be played with two players via infrared connection.

Four Kings

Single player only. Four Kings is a variation of Solitaire, only the card piles must be in a certain order and topped off with the King card (which is Magikarp in this game).


  • Whenever Brock mentions Nurse Joy, it is incorrectly displayed as Ms Joy, and Ritchie is misspelled as Ricky.

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