Yup, The Pokemon Company has released an official Pokedex app across iPhone and iPad on the Japanese App Store. It's not a "new" app, mind; people are saying that this is a port Pokedex 3D Pro, which landed on Nintendo 3DS this July in the Japan. The iOS version is a paid app with in-game purchases.

If you're new to this whole Pokemon thing, a Pokedex is basically an encyclopedia that has all sorts of information about the little monsters that populate the series. This one in particular dishes out info on every Pokemon that has been in any game in the long-running series. It also has nifty animated 3D models of each, if you're into that sort of thing. The catch is that certain "sets" of Pokemon are locked behind IAP. Kotaku Australia reckons the app will run people $20 if they want everything.

The Pokemon Company is a subsidiary of Nintendo, so this isn't exactly a Nintendo app. It's probably of note that this is the second app The Pokemon Company has released on iOS.

  • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

    All caveats aside it's a pretty big move to have an iOS version that directly "competes" with the 3DS version. Would be fascinating if they ever release a comparison of sales numbers. Interesting trade off, too. You get actual 3D on the 3DS and high resolution on an iOS device.

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

      Also price difference. And 3D might not actually be a perk on 3DS if you like your eyesight... Haha

      • wind_brahmin

        As the resident Nintendo fanboy, I'd like to point out that the 3D on a 3DS affecting your eyesight in any way is complete media sensationalism and not true in any way ;)

  • Joseph Leray

    It's ridiculous how badly I want this to come to the US App Store.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    Resistance is futile, Nintendo.

  • Illuminerdy

    Looks shitty and poorly designed.

  • wind_brahmin

    Going to be 'that guy' and point out a few things:

    "It's not a "new" app, mind; people are saying that this is a port Pokedex 3D Pro, which landed on Nintendo 3DS this July in the US. This is a paid app with in-game purchases, both on iOS and Nintendo 3DS."

    -It has only just been released (or may not have even been released in the US yet) on 3DS...not in July. That's Japan.
    -No IAP on the 3DS version...it is basically the same price as this with all IAP but you spend the $14 or whatever from the outset on 3DS.

    But otherwise yeah, don't get your hopes up about Nintendo properly developing for iOS any time...well, ever - at least not proper games. Nintendo's IPs are so valuable for itself and the success of its consoles that it'd be suicide to release, for example a proper mario game, on to the app store while it is still a hardware developer (and is doing quite well at releasing consoles/handhelds thus far and isn't dying and needing to devaluate its properties yet by releasing them on multiple platforms).

  • Greyskull

    As someone who has 20/400 vision and owns a Virtual Boy, I wouldn't take Nintendo's word for it.

    • wind_brahmin

      Yes, because the millions of people who have used the 3D features on the 3DS and haven't been affected in the slightest means that it is a potential threat to vision.

      I have 20/20 vision and have used a 3DS and its 3D features for hours on end. Not affected. Neither are people I know.

      • Benjamin Rodriguez

        I hope you realize long term repercussions have not yet to show it's face, if in fact the 3ds does affect vision.

        at 15-25 years old or so you figure all the physical activities you've done, broken a leg, played sports, goes away as it heals. Nope give it 20-30-40 years from then, and you'll see the punishment that you have given your body come back to bite you in your ass.

        Just sayin. Although I do have 20/20 vision and I also do not think the effect is that detrimental, I bet it does something, just like how looking into someone else's glasses can permanently screw your own vision.

    • ducksFANjason

      To play devil's advocate here, I have both (Virtual Boy and a 3DS) and have had 20/20 vision my whole life. The simple truth is that there is no evidence to support the notion that the 3D setting causes harm to one's vision. It may cause strain on your eyes and make them feel irritated (it never has for me, for the record) but that's simply due to the the process of HOW the "dual images" are displayed, causing your mind to "see" the images as if they were actually 3D. It's sort of like staring at a magic eye picture. It can cause headaches but you're vision isn't going to degrade as a result.

  • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

    Doesn't matter if this app is only in Japan or if it sucks or if its not a "new app." The point is it offers hope that a real Pokemon game will some day be on iPhone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mmatzat Michael Matzat

    You will not see any kind of full real pokemon game for iOS as long as nintendo publishes it´s own hardware. A companion App is not changing that, it´s just a cool advertisement for the game. End of Story.

    get over it. report news that matter.

  • Onikage725

    As was said, this is new. It just launched a week ago on 3ds (or two). That said... No. Unless you just want the models and other eye candy, you can get much more from the unofficial apps like A+ Pokedex. Or even just browsing over to bulbapedia or serebii. Nintendo still presents their meta info to the "new" player, so don't expect comprehensive breeding data or even an acknowledgement that ev's and iv's exist.

  • lcn666

    Just realease pokemon app game i wl buy no matter wht the price is!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Suenc Sven P. Waddington

    wll, its not bad at all, what i think is hard is that nintendo doesnt want to give up their hardware yet. if they dd start publishing mario or pokemon or zelda ports, they would earn probably as much as they ever owned but about 4x more. but at the same time they would kill they haldheld hardware. i mean, i rather play all pokemon games on my iphone 4s than carry around a heavy extra console on my pockets. but it would still be a huge success, think about how many ppl that use to play pokemon when they were younger, and current pokemon fans would buy the game again, and probably all games, since green to white.