Japan has had Pokédex 3D Pro available to download on the 3DS since July, and it seems the demand for Pokéknowledge knows no bounds in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Pokémon Company has announced today that it will be bringing a new Pokédex to iOS devices from November 16th.
The base application, which costs 170 Yen, is similar to the pre-installed 3DS app Pokédex 3D, giving information on each 'mon as well as displaying an accompanying 3D model. It will only include information on Pokémon found in the Unova region at first, but once the app has been downloaded Pokémon from the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh regions can be added for 500 Yen each using in-app purchases, so for a full 'dex you'll need 2170 Yen (and they say we can't add up here at Nintendo Life).
The Pokémon Company is of course a subsidiary of Nintendo, but this shouldn't be seen as a move by Nintendo to start making games for mobile devices. Something like a Pokédex app would work wonders on a mobile device, a fully-fledged Pokémon game, less so. It's likely that this sort of thing will be used as a promotional tool, something Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata has hinted as being vitally important for the company's future success.
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