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Pokédex 3D Pro (3DS eShop) Review

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Although the option to access it was not at launch as many would have wanted it to be, the Nintendo 3DS eShop has gone from strength to strength since its debut in June of 2011. What started as a bare bones offering of basic videos and a few exclusive 3DS downloadables alongside the backlog of DSiWare games has expanded into a vast range of demos, titles with free DLC support, and full retail cartridges available digitally. The service will also soon accommodate a transfer tool to swap save data from a retail cartridge to a downloadable version, and most importantly, an account system and some form of Miiverse to coincide with the launch window of the Wii U. One title that helped the eShop gain a foothold in the days before the harsh price cut Nintendo hit its portable baby with was the Pokédex 3D application, a free tool that Pokémon Black and White players could make great use of as a reference point, and a useful title that helped showcase the StreetPass and AR functionalities of the machine. Now, Nintendo is giving the tool a vast upgrade with Pokédex 3D Pro, coinciding with the recent releases of the Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 role-playing games, this time with a cost attached. Will Pokémaniacs alone find worth of this functionality or is there a little something here for everyone?

Pokédex 3D Pro's major difference over its predecessor is that it has a complete database of every single Pocket Monster to date. Including the different variations of certain creatures, the total number spans more than 700, compared to the original amount that only covered the new creatures of Pokémon Black and White's Unova region. Also, unlike the initial version, all of the monsters here are unlocked for immediate reference, as opposed to the SpotPass and AR functionality needed to gain their data before, and as previously, there is a comprehensive moves list that covers all known battle techniques. Aside from that, the layout of information on each Pokémon is largely identical, providing all the Pokédex facts and figures one would expect, as well as possible Abilities, Type Advantages, Evolution Paths and Techniques they can learn, be it naturally or through breeding and Technical Machines.

Presentation of the creatures themselves has been given a boost, with a number of Pokémon from the first three generations having new animations over what were previously used in the home console Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Colosseum games, and a higher number of backgrounds, menu designs and accompanying music to choose from when viewing the critters. When scrolling to the page of a monster, a quick voice over of its name is heard instead of the identifying sound effect of before (this can thankfully still be heard by touching a button on the page). Although jarring at first, this pronunciation of each Pocket Monster's name can be quite useful in learning how to pronounce some of the more complicated ones properly.

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The Augmented Reality feature is still here and better than before, allowing for multiple Pocket Monsters to be captured in one photo, provided a copy of a particular monster's identifying AR Marker is present. Players can make Pokémon perform their animations for a better shot, or quickly see which monsters naturally has the better statistics in each field, be it Hit Points, Attack, Defence, and so on. Individual photo shots for each Pokemon's stats page can also be assigned, if wanted, making for a personal touch.

Completely new to the Pro edition, and being the main 'game' part of the experience, are the Pokémon Challenge quizzes; a subsection of question packs that test fans' Pocket Monster knowledge by choosing one of four possible answers. Categories include: identifying regional creatures; picking which monster the one in question evolves into; guessing which Pokémon is only being shown partly; and a few dozen other topics, making for a lengthy endeavour in completing them all perfectly. Very few of them will be a true challenge to any Pokémon fan that has been playing the series since the start, however, and this section is in no way comprehensive or entertaining enough to make for a sole reason to buy Pokédex 3D Pro.

As it stands, Pokédex 3D Pro is undoubtedly one of the most accessible and convenient databases on Nintendo's Pocket Monster franchise, and although it does not dive into the seedy underbelly of the franchise in regards to effort and individual values, it is nonetheless an essential tool for long time Pokémon players, despite the slightly drastic £13.49 asking price and limited amount of actual gameplay.

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Gameplay

A reference tool first and foremost with a smattering of quiz play and Augmented Reality photography thrown in for good measure. Quizzes are fun and provide sufficient amounts of challenge, but aren't strong enough to stand alone.

Graphics

Bright and colourful with excellent animation for each creature, and a decent 3D effect to cap things off.

Sound

Though very little of the famous Pocket Monster music from the core handheld series makes it into Pokédex 3D Pro, the background tunes that are here provide enough stimulation for the ears to render the loss mute.

Value

A high cost point and limited amount of actual play will be the deciding factor for many, but the broad amount of information on offer here is a highly useful tool for any Pokémon player.

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Pokedex 3D Pro finishes what the original eShop version began, by becoming the de facto standard database option for Pocket Monster enthusiasts. It remains to be seen whether the Pro will interact specifically with the future mainline 3DS Pokémon titles, but for now, despite the low amount of actual play and the higher cost, there is a lot to see here.

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Not  being able to multitask out of a pokemon game and into this app to look up how to kill some pokemon I've never heard of decimating my team renders this app useless to me.

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I'd consider myself a massive Pokémon fan.. but the ridiculous price on this app, neat as it looks, means it's a pass from me.

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Pepper (guest) 08.11.2012 08:29#3

Pokemon sucks so much balls its incredible.  Seriously I'm not even trolling I bought it tried playing it, its just mind numbingly stupid... walk around and go into turn based then walk around some more.  I understand if you're just a pure fan of the anime and can't live without it but seriously DS grapics in 2012 plus catching them all isn't fun its shiiiat!

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Phoenom, why did you repeatedly call them Pocket Monsters and not Pokémon? This isn't Japan, you know. Smilie

( Edited 08.11.2012 14:55 by SirLink )

 
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Tried to vary my words slightly, using the same name repeatedly in a sentence can get tiring. Smilie

Pro is a highly useful app to have (using it alongside my White playthrough), but there is no doubt that it is vastly overpriced. A few quid would have been a fair request.

( Edited 08.11.2012 15:16 by Phoenom )


Pepper (guest) said:
Pokemon sucks so much balls its incredible.  Seriously I'm not even trolling I bought it tried playing it, its just mind numbingly stupid... walk around and go into turn based then walk around some more.  I understand if you're just a pure fan of the anime and can't live without it but seriously DS grapics in 2012 plus catching them all isn't fun its shiiiat!

If you have to include the phrase "seriously I'm not even trolling" you're most likely trolling.

Also, lol at the idea of anyone ever existing who only plays the games because they like the show. 

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With Nintendo promising to make a Nintendo Network phone app, they might as well start making apps in general, and they might as well start with a pokedex app. I can use my iPod Touch and my 3DS at the same time, so it would be infinitely more useful than the 3DS app. They made Apple shut down all the other pokedex apps anyway, might as well release an official one.

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I want.... but...
so
expensive
ugh

I'll probably grab it at some point. But I play at home a lot and nipping onto Serebii.net with the laptop is probably even easier than pausing gameplay to bring up the app.

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Not to mention you'll have to quit the game any time you just wanna check the app. It's easier to check the ingame Pokédex or yep Serebii or Bulbapedia, which I use often.

honestly enjoyed Dream Radar for a little while because it helped you get rare Pokémon for BW2 and it was very cheap, but this..

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What I really want is a modern real-life Pokédex with all current 649 Pokémon (and update-enabled for future generations), all the important information and some trivia, with the quotes from the Pokédex entries in the anime as voice snippets. I have a real Pokédex I got around 15 years ago but the technology in the anime was just way too ahead of its time and it obviously sucked. Nowadays though, they could make something really cool with that. Completely unnecessary when you have apps but I'd still want something like it. Smilie

 
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Ah yeah I loved that kinda thing! Actually a smartphone Pokédex app would work perfectly so I hope Nintendo consider that on some level.

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Nah, in order to be a Pokémaster, you need a real replica of the Pokédex. Having some kind of technology like Siri would make things really interesting. You could ask about a certain Pokémon and the Pokédex will tell you all about it, just like in the anime. Awesome stuff.

Da fuuuuuck?!

My reaction at the price tag.  Complete robbery.  Also, I coulda SWORN one of either Dream Rader or Pro were gonna be free.  I know the initial/awful one is free though I guess I got bad information.  Or I just thought "this HAS to be free. why would I pay for these things?" 

mrs.creeper89 (guest) 09.11.2012 19:19#14

how do you get pokedex 3d pro for free?

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mrs.creeper89 (guest) said:
how do you get pokedex 3d pro for free?


You can't Smilie

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That price... sorry but I couldn't justify this at £5, never mind £13. Surely not even the Pokemon brand can make this sell?

Add me on anything. I'm always looking for new friends/opponents/town visitors/chances to appear more popular than I actually am.

The price seems like a rip-off to me, $20 au for an app that you can't even open without closing! Like SuperLink said, it would be easier to nip on Serebii or Bulbapedia. Still, I've got plenty of money to spare, so I might possibly buy this...

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Funnily enough, Pokédex for iOS was just confirmed for Japan, seems like it's much the same as Pokédex 3D.
Not sure if it'll come west but it'd make a killing if it did.

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It's really funny how it makes some people assume that the main Pokémon games are coming to iOS now. The Pokémon Company, while it's allowed to promote the series with moves like this one, is still a Nintendo subsidiary and we all know Nintendo's stance on developing for smartphones or any other devices in general.

This could be a potentially brilliant move to get more people aware of and interested in the franchise. The Pokédex is already finished for the 3DS, so there's not much of an additional investment for them to try out a strategy like this. A lot of kids have smartphones nowadays and might not have a DS or now 3DS, so this could get a lot of them hooked.

( Edited 15.11.2012 19:12 by SirLink )

 
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People are really assuming that? Gosh.
Tbh I really think Nintendo should get on the app bandwagon, release promotional apps and bonuses like official wallpapers or minigames on the app store to promote their console games, and I think they may well do on some level.

For example, I'm pretty sure Pokédex iOS as well as last year's "Pokémon Tap" mini game's primary aim is to advertise the Pokémon series, not to make people think "wow Pokémon games are coming to smartphones. Can't see that happening and I think it's smart of Nintendo to keep a franchise as powerful as Pokémon to themselves.

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