Pokémon Coming to iOS

Pokémon Coming to iOS

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Japanese iOS users can browse 'em all in Nintendo's first paid app.

Despite the popularity of the iOS platform, mega-publisher Nintendo hasn't embraced it. This makes sense, of course, since Nintendo has its own handheld system to deal with, but it seems like releasing retro Nintendo games for iPhones and iPads could make the publisher a lot of money without a lot of effort. Nintendo seems to have realized this, because it's releasing its first paid iOS app at some point in the foreseeable future. Finally, iOS users without a 3DS will be able to take the Pokédex with them wherever they go--at least in Japan.

The 3DS already has free and paid Pokédex apps (though the free version was discontinued earlier this year), so making another portable version of the interactive Pokémon encyclopedia is a sensible move. The iOS Pokédex, which is currently only planned for a Japanese release, is being published by Nintendo subsidiary The Pokémon Company, and developed by fellow subsidiaries Creatures Inc. and Game Freak. The app will launch with only 150 Pokémon, with more available in add-on packs. The Pokédex itself is Ľ170, with additional content available for Ľ500 a pop.

This actually isn't the first time the publisher has released a downloadable app for non-Nintendo systems; Pokémon Say Tap?, a free app, was available on iOS and Android systems for a brief time last year. There's no word on an official release date for the Pokédex, or whether it will come to other regions.

Source: GI.biz via VG247

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I will be interested when this is on Android

So this is that neglect you Europeans and Australians have been having to put up with?
You have my sympathy.

This doesn't mention one way or the other, but unless this app provides levels moves are learned at, Base Stats, EV points, learnable TMs, egg moves, routes you can find the Pokémon on, egg groups, possible abilities, and XP growth rates, it's worse than the free iPokedex app I already have.

Falterfire:
This doesn't mention one way or the other, but unless this app provides levels moves are learned at, Base Stats, EV points, learnable TMs, egg moves, routes you can find the Pokémon on, egg groups, possible abilities, and XP growth rates, it's worse than the free iPokedex app I already have.

Or even a basic look into bulbapedia. Do not see a reason to pay for such an app.

Talk to me when they release an actual game, and not just a fancy pokedex.

Also, yes, android would be appreciated,

Misleading headline much? I honestly didn't expect it to be the games but regardless, that headline is very mistitled.

Eri:
Misleading headline much? I honestly didn't expect it to be the games but regardless, that headline is very mistitled.

Indeed, I was hoping for a Pokemon game, but instead we get an app that is basically an inferior version of Bulbapedia...

You can't see much on that small picture, but it does moveset, stats, and weaknesses, but it's about impossible to see anything about EV points, egg moves, or similar stuff.

Edit: Also contains egg group.

...That's it? Why would you ever need this?

That's pathetic Game Freak, I expected better. All this technology at your finger-tips and this is what you come out with? Disappointing.

Ffffffuuuu, and I was hoping for a full iPod conversion of the Gen 1 games. Dammit Nintendo, there's no reason not to at this point - Gen 1 games are literally not possible to play with any of the handhelds you're still manufacturing.

Mother of god! Anyone remembers when The Escapist was looking for writers a while back and asked people to kind of do their own article based on a fake article they came up with that talked about how the next gen. of Pokemon will be released on smart devices?!

Well...this is kinda close! They're not exactly releasing a game either but still!

I was just surprised, is all.

 

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