Significantly upping the ante, publisher Playstack and developer LocalThunk are thrilled to announce that the upcoming title “Balatro” will also be available on Nintendo Switch February 20th.

Since its initial announcement, “Balatro” has captured many players’ attention, with its PC demo attracting over 100,000 downloads with millions of hours played. This buzz has led to an expanded release, to bring console players to the table as well.

Merging the timeless charm of poker with strategic deck-building elements, “Balatro” promises an engaging gameplay experience that is both nostalgically familiar and refreshingly new. The strategic twist of joker cards in the game adds an unexpected layer of excitement, broadening its appeal to a diverse range players.

Balatro is a poker-inspired roguelike deck builder all about creating powerful synergies and winning big.

Combine valid poker hands with unique Joker cards in order to create varied synergies and builds. Earn enough chips to beat devious blinds, all while uncovering hidden bonus hands and decks as you progress. You’re going to need every edge you can get in order to reach the boss blind, beat the final ante and secure victory.

Deftly deploy an array of potent tools: different Decks, Jokers, Tarot cards, Planet cards, Spectral cards, and Vouchers. Use these versatile instruments to ignite a combo frenzy and turbocharge your poker hands, crafting electrifying, adrenaline-fueled synergies.

  • 150 Jokers, each with their own unique abilities
  • 15 Decks with distinct modifiers to choose from for each run
  • 5 potential variants of each Joker which add further abilities
  • 22 Tarot cards variants that can enhance your regular playing cards
  • 12 Planet cards that help level up your possible poker hands
  • 18 Spectral card
  • 4 Seals
  • 32 Voucher cards to help provide permanent buffs for your current run
[PR email]

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3M ago

Entire article, including opinion part, is a literal carbon copy of the press release kit from Balatro, not a single word changed.


3M ago


Whenever a game is announced/released, we share the press release in full. The tag underneath the post also mentions that this is a PR email. This is our standard approach for the better part of 2 decades now, as we save opinion and impressions for our previews, reviews and features.

Sorry for the confusion on the matter, but I hope that clears things up. I'll also make sure we include an extra PR tag on posts like this from here on out.

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