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Two Pokémon Apps Bound for eShop in the West

Posted by James Newton

Go pro

Nintendo's confirmed that we'll see two pieces of Pokémon software hit the eShop this autumn.

Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro will come to Europe and North America later this year, just ahead of the release of Pokémon Black & White 2 for DS.

Dream Radar is a Face Raiders-like experience that sees you catch Pokémon in the real world using augmented reality and motion control. You can then transfer your captured 'mon over to your copy of Pokémon Black & White 2.

Pokédex 3D Pro is the follow-on to Pokédex 3D and features 3D models and statistics of the 600+ Pokémon discovered by Pokémon professors so far. Unlike Pokédex 3D, however, every single Pokémon is unlocked from the start, so no more scanning markers or SpotPassing to complete the set.

Both will arrive later this year before Pokémon Black & White 2 hits DS.

Nintendo News
Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro Coming to Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS this Year
May 15, 2012

Downloadable Titles Provide New Ways for Players to Learn About and Catch Pokémon Found in Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2
REDMOND, Wash., May 15, 2012 - Two new downloadable Pokémon titles are coming soon to the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro will both release in fall 2012, giving players new ways to catch and learn about their favorite Pokémon, while expanding the overall experience for those that choose to play the upcoming Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games on the Nintendo 3DS.

"2012 is shaping up to be a great year for fans of Pokémon video games," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Not only can players look forward to a successor to one of the biggest Pokémon adventures ever, they can also enjoy two other titles that add to the Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 experience, helping to expand their enjoyment when playing on Nintendo 3DS."

Pokémon Dream Radar lets players use several different features of the Nintendo 3DS system, including the Nintendo 3DS camera, motion control and augmented-reality technology, to catch Pokémon by moving the Nintendo 3DS to discover hidden Pokémon. Players can catch the Pokémon by moving the Nintendo 3DS to aim and shoot beams at them. Caught Pokémon from Pokémon Dream Radar can be transferred into Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, helping players build their roster of Pokémon. Pokémon Dream Radar also includes some hard-to-get Pokémon, giving players even more incentive to catch them for their game. Pokémon Dream Radar will be available exclusively for purchase via download from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.

Pokédex 3D Pro is a fully enhanced and upgraded version of the original Pokédex 3D application. It includes detailed information about the more than 600 Pokémon featured in the history of the Pokémon video game series. Pokédex 3D Pro also includes in-depth sorting, comparison and ranking tools, as well as comprehensive details on what abilities each Pokémon can learn and how it evolves. Additionally, the application includes extensive augmented-reality capabilities, including the ability to take photos of Pokémon in the real world. With Pokédex 3D Pro, all known Pokémon are unlocked from the start, allowing players to access a wealth of information that will be useful as they play through Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. Pokémon Dream Radar will be available exclusively for purchase via download from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.

Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 bring players back to the Unova region two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. Players who are familiar with Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version will immediately notice that the Unova region has transformed significantly in the new games. Embark on a new adventure starting in the new Aspertia City and discover what strange events are occurring and why the Unova region has changed two years after Team Plasma's defeat.

Players can also look forward to two new Legendary Pokémon, Black Kyurem and White Kyurem, which are featured on the games' packaging. Each of these powerful Legendary Pokémon boasts new devastating Ice-type signature moves; Black Kyurem knows Freeze Shock and White Kyurem comes ready for battle with Ice Burn. Black Kyurem will be available exclusively in Pokémon Black Version 2, while White Kyurem will only be found in Pokémon White Version 2. Developed for the Nintendo DS family of systems, the games can also be played on the Nintendo 3DS system in 2D mode.

For more information about Pokémon Black Version 2, Pokémon White Version 2, Pokédex 3D Pro and Pokémon Dream Radar, visit

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User Comments (43)



19Robb92 said:

I'll only get the AR game if it has exclusive Pokemons or something else to offer. If it doesn't, I'm not getting either.



BenAV said:

They should let everyone who downloaded Pokedex 3D upgrade to Pro for free (kind of like they did with the Wii Web Browser originally), then charge new 3DS owners $15 for it.



booker_steve said:

Hmm, what if people who register Black/White 2 within 28 days of it's release get the free upgrade? Could happen.



rjejr said:

My son turns 10 Sept 17. Even if Pro is $15 he's going to get it. I spent this morning online looking up TM #s for him. FYI 95 is the highest Unova TM#. I think he has about half of them memorized. What he REALLY wants though is Ruby and/or Sapphire. Nintendo needs to put them on DSiWare or virtual console or something. I'm guessing there are a lot of kids at this point w/ DSi who haven't got a chance to play those old games yet but would really like to.
My 7 yr. old son likes Pokemon as well but he also likes Faceraiders so I'm thinking he'll be in for Pokemon Dream Radar. He hasn't played Black or White yet, only Pearl, so I told him to hold out for 2.



Ecto-1 said:

I was never concerned that they wouldn't come out in the west. What does concern me is pricing.



D33G said:

It has a new form for Tornados, Thunderos, and Landorus, with boosted stats in Def, Sp Def, and Speed; Sp Attack; and Attack, respectably.



iroxursox said:

sweet now i need to memorize more stats, evos, moves,and names. man this is going to be fun!!



Emaan said:

I can see one of these being a Pokemon Black 2 / White 2 pre-order bonus. Otherwise, I would get Pokedex 3D Pro if its priced right.



NESguy94 said:

I'm going to get Dream Raiders for sure and I'll get Pokedex Pro if it is priced well.



Tate24 said:

I read on the offical nintendo magazine website that pokedex 3D pro cost £11.60 which i think for app is stupid!!! it may help you with the new pokemon game on DS but no way is worth £11. 60. Its more tool then actual game i think nintendo know that because its got pokemon in name it sell like hot cakes so more money for them!!



JayceJa said:

@Mikau94 no, its a cute little game, but not worth of being called pokemon snap two, because we need a real pokemon snap two!

ill get both, even if pro costs $15, as soon as i get black 2(or white 2, havent decided)



SkywardLink98 said:

I'm still not sure about Black/White 2. I think that Pokemon Dream Gear should allow us to port the games to the future 3DS Pokemon games.



1takauchiha said:

If they aren't as expensive as Japan's, then I'll most likely get them. But honestly, why not just make DLC for the original Pokedex app?



Pokefanmum82 said:

I hope the AR Searcher isn't too much. Don't know about Pokdex 3D Pro though. Depends on how much it is.



AVahne said:

Kinda scares me to think that Ruby and Sapphire are considered old now. Where did all the time go? I played that game for over a thousand hours; played it until the battery died and the clock wouldn't work anymore and played it until the cartridge itself finally died and would no longer boot up.



BalrogtheMaster said:

I don't see why people think $15 is a crazy price, lol. Actually buying the Pokedex book is $20, so you're actually getting a discount. Not to mention this has awesome AR features.



Onett said:

This is just more proof that GameFreak is sitting on top of 400+ fully modeled 3D Pokes with animations and doing nothing with them but releasing silly apps instead teasing us with a killer Wii U title. I'll probably end up buying Pro anyway.


Ditto (no pun intended.) Same thing happened to me with the Dodrio Gameboy on Pokemon Silver/Pokemon Stadium 2. I also spent hours collecting ash in the soot sack on Route 113 on my copy of Sapphire while trying to catch Skarmory. Collecting the flutes was fun too. Generation III will always be one of my personal favorites along with that Route for various reasons.



FonistofCruxis said:

Not that I'd want this but £11.60 is a massive rip-off! Even at half that price, it would be a rip-off as all you can do is look at Pokemon and their stats.



Freelance said:

I'd buy it if it was for Digimon and not Pokémon. I'm not that big a Pokéfan to warrant paying $15 for it.



ShadJV said:

I might get Pokedex Pro for $5 or less. Any more than that, I refuse simply on the principle that it is horribly overpriced. Honestly, it should be FREE with the purchase of Black or White 2.

Dream Radar sounds pretty cool though.

As for Black and White 2... still not sold on the idea, it seems to hardly add anything to the previous titles. I mean, a new town? A couple new Pokemon (that are hardly a stretch from a previous one)? I think I heard there's a couple new Gym Leaders, but that's hardly anything either. This is more lazy than titles like Yellow, Crystal, Emerald, and Platinum; yes, I guess in a sense it's the same, but they are having two instead of one (the benefit was always that you didn't have to have the story split), and usually the third title had a decent number of updates... honestly, Black and White were not that great (series has steadily gone downhill after Generation II), and at this point, the follow ups can't even distract me from the fact that Nintendo is simply milking the same cow repeatedly.



Raylax said:

@ShadJV: Having an entirely new storyline with new characters and areas is more lazy than having the same basic story with minor additions and a few mostly cosmetic enhancements? I'm loving your logic.



Xilef said:

@Onett Well, Creatures Inc (which was involved with the creation of Pokemon and sort of stil are when it comes to the main games) made Pokedex 3D, so who knows. Maybe Creatures is mkaing 3D models for Gamefreak to use in a 3DS game? Just maybe...



Sockymon said:

More top tier franchises on the eShop please! Even if they're spin off titles, it's a start. It'll help to make the eShop start to feel like a proper place to go for Nintendo games.



samuelduh said:

@rjejr Old games? you could buy it from amazon for $20 used for no problem, but for something like red or blue ...... >.<



Cloud-San-VII said:

Now, for GameFreak to release Pokemon: Red, Blue (Green in Japan), Yellow, Silver, Gold, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald (and FireRed and LeafGreen) on the eShop. But, to make it better they should have it so each game goes into an app specially made for that generation (Ex: Red, Blue (Green in Japan), and Yellow in one app: Pokemon:Generation I). They would also have it so that you can choose which ones you want to play and have different save files for each (or, if you wanted, copy your data (Ex: copy your Silver data to your Crystal data). Lastly, there should be a thing which allows you to still use the connectivity with your own downloaded game or others, like Four Swords, but you could also connect with yourself (Ex: Battle your Ruby against your neighbor's Emerald or trade with your Sapphire to your unopened Ruby).



sinalefa said:

That Dream Radar sounds like the closest we will get to a new Pokémon Snap, at least on 3DS. With the added benefit of increasing your game's dex.

The sad thing is that I can see them overpricing both downloads just because they have Pokémon in the name. While also making DS owners upgrade to the 3D system.

And I still need a whole list of catchable Pokémon in each of these new sequels in order to give them my money.



BulbasaurusRex said:

According to, the Dream Radar is more like Black & White 2's version of the Dream World, where you can play minigames to aquire Pokémon not available on the actual cartridge.



Marioman64 said:

"3D models and statistics of the 600+ Pokémon discovered by Pokémon professors so far" does this mean 3D Eevee?!?!?!?? I will buy this day 1 no matter what the price!!! eevee ftw



Kitsune_Rei said:

Really looking forward to both of these
I was thinking the Pokedex Pro would still have the fun of collecting them, and I thought initially it was rumored the Dream Radar would transfer them over, but I guess that's moot now. Its still fun just looking at all of them.

I'm on the fence about B/W 2, I didn't play B/W and havn't had the time to complete a Pokemon game for a couple iterations. Hopefully someone will make an article about if you should pick up B/W first to play the second one or just skip to it once more info is available. Is the Dream Radar going to be somewhat pointless if you're not getting B/W 2? They seem to really be pushing them together. I guess this is also their incentive for people to get a 3DS since they didn't move up with the actual game.

I still really hope Denpa Ningen will come out :<

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