Nintendo’s Pokemon Company releases Pokedex app for iOS

By , Dec 11, 2012

Late last year, Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata went on record as saying the Japan-based video game company would not be porting any of its titles to the iOS platform, despite the fact that both users and investors were calling for it. He said doing so would mean “Nintendo would cease to be Nintendo.”

Knowing this, it was interesting to see The Pokemon Company, a subsidiary of Nintendo setup to market and license the popular franchise, has just released an official app in Apple’s App Store. It’s called Pokedex for iOS, and it includes everything you’d want to know about your favorite Pokeman characters…

The app first appeared in the Japanese App Store last month, and then popped up in the US Store yesterday. Here’s an excerpt from its description:

“Start with the basics, such as what the Pokémon looks like, its type, height, weight, and evolutions, and go from there to explore a rich trove of Pokémon details. You can find your Pokémon’s stats, its moves, TMs you can use on it, its Abilities, all its Pokédex descriptions, where it can be found, its Egg Group, and even what type of moves are strong against it.

Starting with a full-text search, you can search and sort Pokémon not only by their names, but also by combinations of type, Egg Group, Ability, type matchup, and learnable moves. It is always easy to find the Pokémon you’re looking for!”

I never really understood the whole Pokemon phenomenon — I never got into it. But there’s no doubt that the video-game-turned-full-on-media-franchise has a huge following. And a quick search in the App Store attests to that, returning more than 300+ (well, that’s just where I stopped counting) related results.

If you are into Pokemon, I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that the app looks great, and is very well done. The bad news is, it’s super expensive. Your initial $2 only gets you part of the Pokedex, with the others available as in-app purchases for $5. All told, you’ll spend about $26.

Regardless, if you’re interested, you can find Pokedex for iOS in the App Store for $1.99. Could this be Nintendo sticking its toe in the iOS waters? Maybe. But I doubt that it means we’ll be seeing Super Mario Bros. for iPad land anytime soon.

What do you think of the app?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/shivkaushal Shiv Kaushal

    I don’t think this is an indication of other games making their way to iOS.

    This is basically a companion app and there are more coming; Nintendo have already said that there will be Miiverse apps heading to mobiles in the future.

    Full games; still not very likely.

    • Falk M.

      This.
      Nintendo lives and dies by it’s in-house exclusives.
      Everyone and their dog knows this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1665532713 Donavan Asmawidjaja

      I think there won’t be a Miiverse app, but you can check your Miiverse from Safari (mobile site).

      • http://www.facebook.com/shivkaushal Shiv Kaushal

        I hope it’s a native app with notifications and all the bells and whistles, but I suppose it could just end up being a mobile-friendly version of their site….. which would be lame.

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    All the new pokemons and I’m just like….

    damn my childhood is gone

    • Falk M.

      Just stay a child in some sense and you’re golden :)

  • RarestName

    I’m not going to buy a virtual Pokedex for $26.

  • Tardroid

    meh

  • Falk M.

    I love Pokémon, but the price for that app is ridiculous.

    I’d rather go with one of the unofficial apps, some even are free and certainly I HATE in-app-purchases for anything that unlocks something.

    I was so excited reading the headline, then I saw the Pokedex probably doesn’t look like an actual Pokedex and the price is hefty as sh**.
    Too bad… :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    nintendo is lame to me..

  • JakeyFlower

    Aw fuck off, not available in Australia Store racist…

  • JakeyFlower

    I hate when they do this it makes me so mad! I never thought Nintendo would do it :'( I love Pokemon fuck this America only legislation bullshit :(

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Beautifully overpriced :D