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Pokédex 3D Pro Tops 3DS eShop Chart in North America

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Not too high a price to pay, clearly

Pokédex 3D Pro was a high profile release on the eShop in last week's Nintendo Download update, bringing enhancements and extra features from the original freebie, Pokédex 3D. That said, many members of the Nintendo Life community were unhappy with the price, which is $14.99 in the US, €14.99 in Europe and £13.49 in the UK; this makes it the most expensive non-retail download on the eShop.

Some were clearly going to pass this one by to show that they wouldn't pay any price for something with Pokémon in the title, but plenty of others have decided that they simply must have it. In fact, games starting with P dominate the top three places in this week's eShop software chart in North America.

1. Pokedex 3D Pro
2. Pokemon Dream Radar
3. Paper Mario: Sticker Star
4. Liberation Maiden
5. Super Mario Bros.
6. Mario’s Picross
7. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
8. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
9. Photo Dojo
10. Cut The Rope
11. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
12. 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure
13. NightSky
14. The “Denpa” Men: They Came by Wave
15. Pushmo
16. The Legend of Zelda
17. Plants vs. Zombies
18. Castlevania The Adventure
19. Ghosts’n Goblins
20. New Super Mario Bros. 2

There are a few retail titles in the charts, with Paper Mario: Sticker Star making its début in third place. Despite its price, meanwhile, we did still award Pokédex 3D Pro 7/10 in our review. We also note with sadness that NightSky is languishing in 13th place, below much older releases. For the love of gaming, we can't do much more here than award it 10/10 in our review, so if you're in North America, what on earth are you waiting for?

Let us know what you think about the early success of Pokédex 3D Pro, or the remainder of these chart positions, in the comments below.

[via nintendoeverything.com, gonintendo.com]

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Tsuchiya

#4

Tsuchiya said:

Castlevania The Adventure?

They must be gluttons for punishment. It's terrible! As for Photo Dojo well, describing it as manure would be praising it.

Gridatttack

#9

Gridatttack said:

The only thing I could think pokedex 3d pro would be of use is to stare/see all the smooth 3d models the pokemon have...

ShadJV

#11

ShadJV said:

I blame the high sales for this overpriced software on children. I think a majority of the buyers were probably children who want it because it's Pokemon so the parents give in and buy it. Though perhaps some people didn't see $15 for too much. I'd love to buy this for a third of the price. I mean, the info is all stuff that's online but it'd still be convenient and the 3D models are nice... Nintendo, I'm already giving you close to $400 for a system, why can't you cut me some slack with this stuff? I'm sure you'd still make a huge profit pricing it at $5.

ShadJV

#12

ShadJV said:

And after reflection, if they included one or two special hard to get lengendaries for Black/White 2, they'd probably sucker me to pay $15. I'm surprised they didn't do this, it worked for Dream Radar.

Tethers

#15

Tethers said:

This is really sad, because now Nintendo thinks this high price is/was right...=(

Hokori

#17

Hokori said:

@ShadJV Well you can get some money back with the deluxe WiiU by buying WiiU retail as digital, just buy 3 WiiU titles at launch as digital (that you want of course) and you get pokedex 3d pro (or another $15 equivalent) for free

WesCash

#20

WesCash said:

People have too much money. Or not enough sense.
I want this, but not for more than $5.

TheDreamingHawk

#22

TheDreamingHawk said:

And you guys must be insane if you are complaining about the price... The book Pokedex is $20, and contains the same stuff as this, so this price should have been expected anyway. I think this lame "IT'S FREE ON THE INTERNET" arguement could be said for anything on the eshop. You complain about a simple resource tool for free on the internet when people on YT complain about every GB and GG game being on the internet for free (Of course the latter is a illegal choice, but still)

C-Olimar

#23

C-Olimar said:

@TheDreamingHawk Nintendo said the eShop codes redeemed for the points can be used in the 3DS eShop.

That's assuming we all agree $20 for the Pokedex book isn't too expensive (it is). When compared to other software on the eShop this just isn't a good deal, especially when they gave away about 1/5 of the game for free beforehand. Also, try as I might, I can't find Pullblox, Rolling Western or Hana Samurai on the internet for free.

LittleKing

#24

LittleKing said:

@HarmoKnight What's the difference between spending $15 and $15 of points? None. It's just one is digital "points" rather than dollars that maintain the same value. There's the same cost there always was; you're out $15 worth of currency of some form you could've spent on something else. If he's not willing to buy it with $15 cash, why would he want to squander $15 of Nintendo points? Sure, he saves money if he buys the deluxe set and purchases all his titles digitally overall, but that's not relevant to any specific title (because that saved money should be used just like any other dollar and with the same consideration).

@TheDreamingHawk I don't blame Nintendo for this. They put out a product, people bought it. Also, "ITS FREE ON THE INTERNETZ" is a perfectly acceptable way to weigh whether or not a purchase is warranted. It's the reason I don't buy gaming magazines. It's perfectly fine information they're selling in a nice format, but I already have access to it all. When it comes to piracy however, there is a fundamental difference; no one owns the information. People DO own the content of the games. Stealing a piece of lovingly crafted entertainment without paying the creators (such as getting a game off a torrent) is theft of intellectual property and all the content within the game. How the hell can you steal facts? In choosing to go to the internet, for instance, to learn what shape the Earth is rather than purchasing a book, I'm not stealing from the writers of said book. They never owned the data; they've just written about it.

DerpSandwich

#26

DerpSandwich said:

I'm waiting for Night Sky to be about five bucks, that's what I'm waiting for! It's a great game, but there's just not enough content for that price tag.

Aqueous

#29

Aqueous said:

Nightsky I have little to no interest in and a lack of eshop cash for it. I'm still not getting the pokedex, I have enough memorized not to need it and I can use google for the few things I don't and ask friends. When it goes on a major sale or becomes a club nintendo reward, I'll pay attention but at that price, forget it.

XCWarrior

#30

XCWarrior said:

I love Pokemon, but that is ridiculous. Shame on all of you who paid $15 for a pokedex. Jeez.

GloryQuestor

#31

GloryQuestor said:

Pokedex 3D Pro's actually been quite useful to me while I'm playing Pokemon Platinum (so I can get a lot of Pokemon I'm still missing from the Sinnoh releases).

At the moment, I use it for team building, since the statistical data is illustrated a lot better. I don't really want to wade through EV/IV manuals, lengthy online texts, or thick artsy Pokedex strategy books — this has everything that's truly needed right at hand for the more casual player. It's also more convenient than you think: With the 3DS, it's not like you can't save your game, drop out of a bit to check the Dex, then come right back into your game. In practice, it works quite well.

The cherry on top for me is the Pokedex voice — it's nostalgic overload for me, since I was an original Pokemon Blue player and a first-run watcher of the first season of Pokemon when it was new to the U.S. Now I really miss not having Pokemon Yellow anymore. >_<

Klunk23

#32

Klunk23 said:

I really want knightsky but my 3ds is on it's way to nintendo right now to get my L and R buttons fixed. When it comes back I'm getting it and crashmo. I find it funny that photo dojo is 9, but I love photo dojo. It's fun.

TheDreamingHawk

#33

TheDreamingHawk said:

@Metabble_King While it's true you can't steal facts, you have to admit that it's like buying a game guide: You can't take the internet with you everywhere, so a game guide is the most helpful.

ReshiramZekrom

#34

ReshiramZekrom said:

Hehe, I was a part of the Ghosts'n Goblins sales, although I still don't know why I didn't download Pokédex 3D Pro, especially since I got 10 extra dollars from an old prepaid credit card.

Banjogeek

#35

Banjogeek said:

I am not getting Pokedex 3d Pro on the simple fact that it will become Not useful when Gen 6 comes out.

RR529

#36

RR529 said:

1). I'm glad Liberation Maiden is so high. It deserves it.
2). Denpa Men seems to still be selling decently, I think, which is good.
3). I agree with NL, NightSky should be much higher at this point in time.
4). Is this list "of all time", or a weekly/monthy list? While I love these games (at least the one's I've played), I find it hard to believe older titles like Pushmo, Link's Awakening, Cut the Rope, ect., are currently outselling newer releases, such as Cave Story (which isn't even on the list).

coolvw93

#38

coolvw93 said:

@Angelic_Lapras_King I agree with you, time to put those pokemon gameboy games on the 3ds eshop! i would buy'em all! ecspecialy the pokemon trading card game that came out on the gameboy

Dreadjaws

#41

Dreadjaws said:

I'm surprised Plants vs. Zombies is even on that list. I mean, sure, it's an addictive and amazing game, but the DSiWare version of it is probably the poorest one of all, and one of the most expensive ones.

I mean, the game is out for all platforms. Heck, I think I have it in my microwave oven. The eShop version of the game must be the only one I don't have. Unless you only have a 3DS and absolutely no other electronic device capable of gaming in your house, I don't see why people would choose this option.

Also, while Mario's Picross is an amazing game, I think it's so high on the list due to the fact that it's free for Club Nintendo members this month.

TheAdza

#42

TheAdza said:

$19.50 here in Australia. Way too expensive. And yet I bought it anyway. I'm a sucker. I know it. But it's Pokemon. I can't help myself.

Banker-Style

#43

Banker-Style said:

Pokemon = Money = Happy NIntendo,and Pokemon fans who hate the price but buys the game anyway.

Urbanhispanic

#44

Urbanhispanic said:

I've been thinking about getting Nightsky but maybe I need an extra push from my fellow NL readers. Is it really a good game?

Sam_Loser2

#45

Sam_Loser2 said:

Nightsky is amazing! Pokedex 3D Pro is gosh darn expensive, but it still does what I want and does it well.

Lunapplebloom

#48

Lunapplebloom said:

If you want a good atmospheric physics puzzler game, get NightSky. One of the best games that I have personally played on the e-Shop.

I can see the appeal of Pokedex 3D Pro, but for that price they can keep it. $10 would have sounded much more reasonable to me.

LittleKing

#49

LittleKing said:

@TheDreamingHawk True. If the only device you carry around is a 3DS, there will be plenty of times when you won't have an internet connection. I guess it could be helpful occasionally. I wouldn't consider plopping down $15 bucks for it, but at least it's something. Whether or not I would purchase it, however, is largely irrelevant; what matters is the whether anyone else is buying it. Apparently, plenty are, so I guess they see some value in it.

rjejr

#50

rjejr said:

Both my kids bought Pokedex 3D Pro - 1 had a $20 GS GC and the other had been saving up his allowance. We had just been looking at the books on Amazon which were $15 as well.

1 thing this had over the free version is a voice from the show (Simon?) - which they watch religiously online - announcing each Pokemon, which was kinda cool. Both kids also enjoyed going thru the quizzes.

$15 is still to much for me after the first 1 was free but if they had a $15 Firefly book I'ld probably buy it ;-)

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