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Pokémon Pokédex Is Coming To iOS Devices In Japan

Posted by Andy Green

A smart move?

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.

Would you like to have a Pokédex on your smartphone? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via siliconera.com, pokemon.co.jp]

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User Comments (38)

Tsuchiya

#3

Tsuchiya said:

Most people won't bother with it even on 3DS.
It's simply over priced considering we have places like Bulbapedia and Serebii that don't charge a penny for virtually the same thing found here.

KeeperBvK

#4

KeeperBvK said:

This had been announced for a long time, so there's really no need to suddenly start worrying about anything here.

Kagamine

#7

Kagamine said:

@SkywardLink98 That statement is wrong on so many levels. I would bet my life you don't own an iOS device, there is plenty of legit games on iOS, many of which are far better than most 3ds games...

GameLord08

#8

GameLord08 said:

It's good advertising for them. A Pokédex on iOS will essentially draw more interest in the Pokémon games for less mainstream-oriented gamers, as are aplenty on the iOS platform. Not to mention, it's much more handy and accessible having a Pokédex on your smartphone. :D

It's a promotional novelty, and it's very intricately designed. Nintendo's using the exposure of mobile platforms as an advantage without it being a detriment.

GameLord08

#11

GameLord08 said:

@Royspaceghost: Sonic CD, Bastion, Rayman Jungle Run, World of Goo, BIT.TRIP BEAT, God of Blades, The Room, Infinity Blade, Knights of Pen and Paper, Final Fantasy Dimensions, Carmaggedon and quite some more.

@Kagamine is pushing it by saying they're far better than most 3DS games, but they are certainly on a competitive scale together. They can offer as much genuine depth and challenge; you just need to dig.

Hokori

#12

Hokori said:

Nintendos using smartphones to get people away from smartphone gaming, which is true smarts.

MrWalkieTalkie

#13

MrWalkieTalkie said:

Its not even a real game, its just a helpful app. So no one panic like what Ive seen on other sites...

SammyOfMobius

#14

SammyOfMobius said:

Cool, but Nintendo better not become third-party. I still would like to see Nintendo games on smartphones, so maybe Super Mario Bros. NES too!

Kagamine

#15

Kagamine said:

@GameLord08 I didn't mean all games, but i can say i have three or four iOS games that I own and would take over any 3DS game, anyday.

ChibiJib

#16

ChibiJib said:

Soo... this is basically Pokedex 3D Pro for iOS whithout the 3D? I don't know what to say about this...

Banjogeek

#17

Banjogeek said:

You know what this is this is to all the Nintendo should quit making systems and become a 3 party developer quiet for now.Or the Nintendo should put Mario and pokemon on IOS people happy.

GameLord08

#19

GameLord08 said:

@Banjogeek: Quite the opposite, actually. It's inconcspicuous promotional marketing for their own systems, as the Pokédex is a renowned novelty of an iconic Nintendo franchise. They're taking advantage of the exposure of the iOS platform to expand their current consumer market - it's basic advertising. Nothing more, nothing less.

Iwata himself has said that smartphones can be turned into allies with a little bit of devious thinking. This is simply his perspective in effect.

SCAR392

#20

SCAR392 said:

I think they should have just kept it on the eShop, unless they think some people might have an iPhone and maybe not a 3DS to dl it on, especially since it's obviously better. People might want to look at it while playing too, so I could see it as being useful for hardcore Pokemon fans. I bet some people will buy it on their iPhone just because it's Pokemon.

RCMADIAX

#22

RCMADIAX said:

Pokemon is published by its creators in Japan, so this will likely never be released outside of Japan. GameFreak I think their called, but correct me if I'm wrong.

Tsuchiya

#26

Tsuchiya said:

@AlbertoC

It's not from Nintendo.
Nintendo just owns part of the Pokemon franchise. Creatures or Gamefreak, one of the two would have made this.

Marakuto

#28

Marakuto said:

@rcmadiax You might be right there, because there was an app a previous Pokemon app released in Japan in 2011 by Gamefreak which never made it to the west.

Unca_LzStaff

#29

Unca_Lz said:

Nintendo owns two thirds of the franchise. GameFreak owns the other third.

@NintendoCat: I don't understand how releasing an app that's gonna sell like crazy (Pokemon is ridiculously popular in Japan) is the "fall" of Nintendo

LittleKing

#30

LittleKing said:

$27? Over here you can get a copy of the actual game for $35. So, you get some (very) roughly accurate bars telling you the stats of the Pokemon and some moveset info for $27. You could just go to Bulbapedia and have 100% accurate stats at different level tiers, all of the moves (including egg moves and what parents give what) and information on EV training. Plus, on an iOS device... what's the chance you'll urgently need Pokemon information and not be able to connect to the internet? :|

Hokori

#31

Hokori said:

@Banjogeek This is Nintendo telling people that THERE system is the only way to PLAY THERE games, it's quite ingenious actually, it's like the adds on Nintendo life that promote the recent games released. Subliminal Advertising

DarkNinja9

#32

DarkNinja9 said:

i saw pics of these on serebii and it looks better then the one i have on my 3ds -_- i find it useless and ugly anyway idk about the pro version but yeah

Nanoline

#33

Nanoline said:

@Tsuchiya The problem with that thought is that the program is topping all the sales charts for eShop purchases.

I don't understand it myself - $15 just seems like too damn much. But for whatever reason, it's working like a charm.

Tsuchiya

#34

Tsuchiya said:

@Nanoline

It's not a problem at all. It's only a little Pokemon app. We're not talking Zelda or Mario here, are we? It's not the downfall of Nintendo. They aint going anywhere. Look at their history, they've done stranger things for money.

Nintendo know what they're doing. Start worrying if Gamefreak do a Rare though.

Hetsumani

#35

Hetsumani said:

Oh no, now the "I told you, Nintendo is going to develop for smartphones one day" will be everywhere.

Henmii

#37

Henmii said:

This isn't the first time Nintendo puts some stuff on mobile phones! They have done a Pokemon app before (last year if I am correct), and if I am correct there's also a Mario app!

While this is very worrying, I guess Nintendo does this to pull people away from mobile phones. But what if the opposite happens, and people get pulled to those phones because of the Nintendo apps?! That would be terrible!!

Anyway, I never want to see a Nintendo game on a mobile phone...EVER!!!

TKOWL

#38

TKOWL said:

I have an idea, let's all cry bloody mary when The Pokemon Company releases an iOS app. Nintendo is totally going to die now, for making a great app more readily available to the public.

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