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More Details on Pokedex 3D Come into Focus

Posted by James Newton

Yes, it's still free

Pokédex 3D is one of the free applications you'll be able to download next week, and Nintendo Europe has revealed a few more details about what the monster encyclopedia will include.

The free download comes online early next week, when you'll be able to download your very own portable Pokédex of the monsters from Pokémon Black and White. As well as being able to look at them from all angles, you'll get more detail on their moves, abilities and evolutions, building quite the comprehensive tool for the Pokémon trainer.

You'll start off with just 16 monsters but can gain more through SpotPass, StreetPass with friends or scanning special Pokémon AR markers, which are a lot like the Mii QR codes. Each monster has its own code you can scan to add it to your Pokédex, so to complete your collection you'll need to search out these AR markers — that sound you hear is the Pokémon accountants rubbing their hands while salivating.

These AR markers can then be used like the AR cards that come bundled with the system, letting you place individual Pokémon wherever you want to snap in 3D photos. Unlike the character and Mii AR cards bundled with the system, the monsters will appear in fully animated form, letting you just enjoy watching them bounce about on-screen. You can also get them to perform tricks with special items a la Pokémon Snap, and add them to previously taken photos.

Pokédex 3D lands next week with the free eShop update.

Download Pokédex 3D from the Nintendo eShop for free and watch your Pokémon images come to life in 3D on your Nintendo 3DS system

3rd June 2011 – Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, which launched across Europe earlier this year on Nintendo DS, unleashed over 150 all-new Pokémon into the world. Now for the very first time ever these Pokémon can be seen in full 3D thanks to the capabilities of Nintendo 3DS. When Pokédex 3D launches across Europe on 7th June, via the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, you will be able to complete your Pokédex data by connecting with friends and the Nintendo 3DS SpotPass feature. View Pokémon images in 3D and even use the Augmented Reality Markers to watch them come to life and have a 3D photo taken with them.

Pokédex 3D allows you to unearth information about all of the new Pokémon featured in Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version – without having to own these titles. Pokédex 3D is the most detailed and comprehensive Pokédex so far within a video game and takes Pokémon into real life. Enjoy viewing images of your favourite Pokémon from all angles, in various poses and in cute animations, all in full 3D.

After downloading Pokédex 3D onto your Nintendo 3DS for free from the Nintendo eShop, you will start off with information on 16 Pokémon. To collect data on more of your favourite Pokémon, simply wirelessly connect with your friends, scan special Pokédex 3D AR Markers or amass the information via SpotPass. The SpotPass feature connects your Nintendo 3DS to compatible public hotspots and your wireless broadband Internet connection at home, even if the system is in Sleep Mode. Once connected, your Nintendo 3DS will receive new content and updates on a regular basis and up to three new Pokémon data can be collected each day.

To collect all the Pokémon data, you will need to share with your friends and connect to SpotPass as well as looking out for the special Pokemon AR Markers – so get connected and look out for some extra special downloads hiding away.

Pokédex 3D not only lets you view your favourite Pokémon images in 3D, but you will learn more about Pokémon than ever before. You can list out, cross reference, and sort data on each Pokémon, not only finding out their vital statistics, but also more in depth information such as at which level they evolve and at which level they learn new moves. Enriching your Pokémon knowledge has never been so easy – enjoy becoming a master Pokémon fan!

If you ever wanted your picture taken with your favourite Pokémon, then now is your chance. Each Pokémon in Pokédex 3D has its own individual Pokémon AR Marker, - a small black and white image which brings the Pokémon to life in 3D through Augmented Reality. Place the Pokémon AR Markers anywhere and everywhere – watch Pokémon jump out of the marker in 3D using Augmented Reality technology. Set up scenes by placing more than one Pokémon AR Marker side by side and take a picture of your fully animated Pokémon together.

When using AR Viewer, your Pokémon are fully animated and can be coaxed into performing special actions using Items – some items receive different reactions from the Pokémon. Why not try tossing various items their way and seeing how they react! You can also use pictures you’ve already taken from your SD Card and add Pokémon to your pictures. Enjoy unlocking lots of new features as you begin to increase the number of Pokémon AR Markers you collect!

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User Comments (51)



Homer_Simpson said:

How are we meant to get these 'AR markers?' Does Nintendo expect us to buy then? I hope not, but not really sure that would work anyway cause there isn't anything stopping anyone from just posting an image of the code on the Internet.



daznsaz said:

will we get a prompt light for new update or what 3ds be getting used lot more next week



Portista said:

Sweet! But my question is, do you have to buy different AR cards to see Pokemon move?



EarthboundBenjy said:

I bet in the way distant future when SeaSapphire and EarthRuby come out, we'll get "Pokédex 3D Hoenn" for download.



sgotsch said:

@ 4: I would guess they give them away on conventions and nintendo/pokemon - tours. Maybe they also distribute them in manuals or cards in other gameboxes.
Selling makes no sense due an ultimate easy pirating.



skywake said:

I am fully expecting pages and pages of "AR Marker" scans ready to print out on the internets. Even so, I'm sure some will want to get their hands on the real things (even though they'd work just the same)



TKOWL said:

This is the kind of innovative stuff the 3DS should've been doing from the beginning.



KrazyBean said:

Now Nintendo...MAKE THE NEXT POKEMON GAME WITH THESE GRAPHICS on the 3DS, no more 2D sprites!!



Jamouse said:

@13: WHAT! get rid of the 2d sprites! No Way! the 2d sprites are part of the charm.



Hardy83 said:

Hope you can use 3DS coins or whatever instead of spot pass. Not everyone has the luxury of being in a place with more than one 3DS lol



bboy2970 said:

Why Nintendo Life keep saying that it uses StreetPass?? It doesn't. There is no mention of it in the press release above and in IGN's write up of it they sepcifically say it has no StreetPass functionality.



RionaaM said:

I'd rather have the original 151 monsters...
Oh well, guess I can't complain since it's been given out for free, and I don't even have a 3DS yet.



jedikitty said:

I like the idea and get that it's free, but I just wish it was for more than the 5th gen. Not a fan of those.



siavm said:

You get three a day and can get more by scanning qr codes and exchanging with friends. So in less than two months you should have them all.



motang said:

@LordJumpMad yep!

I also think new Pokemon cards should come out with AR thing, so people who have a 3DS can take advantage of it.



Robo-goose said:

I want it to talk like Ash's original Dexter, same voice and all. If it does that,
then I'll find a way to pay Nintendo for it.



TrainerOrange said:

They have to know that those AR cards will just end up online, so I'm kind of scratching my head…



Traxx said:

Who cares for this bs none-game? I hate to say, but this is kiddie stuff. This ruins all the "mature" feel the 3DS has earned and promised so far.



Sinister said:

Traxx, once you are older you will see that you dont need mature content to be cool.

I like it. Its like the Plaza Puzzle game 2.0 .
Cant wait to run around the city and trade Pokémon with other 3DS users.



FriedSquid said:

Man, this is neat. A little off, but still worth free. Now if only you could use those Pokemon you find and have Pokemon battles with other people, maybe even using the AR markers in real life! That would be cool.



bboy2970 said:

@traxx: I don't think you're with the right game company if that is your thought process. I believe you're looking for the Sony department.



Linkuini said:

Of course the AR Cards are going to be printable online! That's probably half the point! Does everyone realize that the AR Cards that come in the 3DS box are already available to print out on Nintendo's own website ( in case you lose them?

Anyhow, I like what I'm hearing about all the things that you can do when you're out and about with your 3DS. Over time, this could change the way we think about multiplayer on handhelds! In that light, I can see why Nintendo's starting with Pokémon.



yoyogamer said:


Spot-pass just requires you to have access to the internet, no other people required!



darklinkinfinite said:

@30 oh man, that would be an awsome AR game. Screw travelling around the fake Kanto or wherever the current games are set. Make it a full fledges AR Pokemon game where you need to actually travel around town or something to find and capture new pokemon, fight only other players and their caught teams. Basically play Pokemon in real life. Maybe make the gym leaders NPCs that pop up after you've caught a certain number pokemon of a specific average level...




WhiteTrashGuy said:

The 3DS needed to come out in March so that Nintendo could have a larger window between it and Stream. Nintendo does not want to overwhelm its fans.



Pryce said:

I can't believe they aren't charging for this. Having the move-set and evolution info alone is pretty handy. Add in the AR stuff and I honestly feel bad I'm not paying for this. I guess it would be prudent to wait and see it in action. Either way, bulbapedia won't be getting nearly as many views from me lol.



Raylax said:

@33: Of course not. I had you down as more of a Bulbapedia user though

Cannot complain at free stuff, so whee, cool.



ShadowSniper7 said:

Ya... I'm pretty sure there is no streetpass involved here. Just spotpass and wireless connectivity with friends. I don't think there is any need to live in a big city or have a lot of play coins to fill up your pokedex. Sounds to me like you just need a wireless internet connection and maybe some friends



Punny said:

Finally! More AR Characters (ones who actually move)! I can't wait to snap photos of Pokémon again!



NassaDane said:

The AR is so awesome! I'm so glad its the new pokemon though, they are easily the best so far.



daznsaz said:

dont think i know these pokemon havent had black and white but will still be good to get em



pikku said:

You should be able to automatically view whatever pokemon you have caught in Black/White, not have to wait for themto be unlocked imo. But of course, for us who don't have B/W it makes no difference, just saying



sinalefa said:

I am looking forward to this. Having only a few Pokémon at the beginning is a great idea, as it shares the addictive "catch them all" nature of the games and the show.

Hopefully it will help to convince hesitant Pokéfans to make the jump to 3DS.

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