Pokédex for iOS Announced; Hits iOS Devices This Week

By Ishaan . November 15, 2012 . 10:13am

The Pokémon Company are bringing the Pokédex to iOS devices in Japan, they announced this morning. Pokédex for iOS looks like it uses the 3D models from Pokédex 3D. Just like Pokédex 3D, you get to view information on the listed Pokémon in six different languages.


The base app will be similar to Pokédex 3D, in that it will only include information on Pokémon from the Unova region. This will cost 170 yen. You can then add the Kanto Dex, Johto Dex, Hoenn Dex and Sinnoh Dex to the app for 500 yen each.


Pokédex for iOS will be released in Japan on November 16th. You can find the app’s official website here.


Note that, while the Pokémon Company is a Nintendo subsidiary, this does not mean Nintendo themselves are developing iOS games or that the Pokémon series is headed to iOS devices. Nintendo have, however, stated in the past that they intend to use other platforms like smartphones and social networks to help promote their own games and devices.


Additionally, The Pokémon Company has the autonomy to promote the Pokémon franchise in the ways they best see fit, so Pokédex for iOS is likely more of a promotional tool, just like the Pokémon “Tap” game.


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  • Brimfyre

    It begins…

  • SerebiiNet

    Just to clarify, it’s also not a sign Pokémon will go multiplatform. The actual games for it will forever be on Nintendo consoles. Nintendo owns 33% of the franchise, as does Creatures and GameFreak. Nintendo own all of Creatures and a part of GameFreak. They have majority control of the franchise.

    It is a shame that it’s far more expensive than the 3DS equivilant (equivilant of $26 if you want all 5 gens)

    • I’m guessing that was deliberate, hahaha. It’s a brilliant move, regardless. They’re going to get a lot of kids hooked this way. Very smart.

  • Go2hell66

    i thought there was already a much better pokedex app on ios

    • There’s already four better Pokedex “apps” that are compatible with the DS and 3DS.  They include full games, too!

      • Go2hell66

         no that pokedex is terrible, so much info missing in there!
        no moves, egg groups etc, its horrible!

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    I guess this is a sign that the Pokemon Company is led by competent individuals who understand the market conditions and embrace values to align themselves well for the future, by embarking on this first step and diversifying their portfolio they are in an excellent position to bring new and original games as well as many other Pokemon sub-franchises to modern devices. 

    We can only hope that in the state of declining handheld sales and a decreased importance of single use dedicated handheld devices that future hardcore Pokemon games will also make debuts on these devices. This looks fantastic and is a great start and we can only pray that the often rumored Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes will not only be on 3DS but on iOS, Android, and Vita.

    • Oh, Tsuna. <3

      • Hey now, I still like his “cyberpunk Zelda” idea! Not something I can imagine happening to Zelda series itself, but hey.

        Not sure if I want a “photorealistic Tales” game though…

        • I’m still waiting on Miyamotor for the Nintendo eShop myself.

        • Quinton Cunningham

          So I’m not insane for thinking the “Futuristic Zelda” April Fools prank from years ago would be an awesome idea?

    • kylehyde
      • Gholla20

         I wish I could upvote this! hahaha.

    • FlameEmperor

      I prefer Pokemon games to stay on nintendo handhelds o-o……..
      Exclusives is what set a system apart from another.

    • SerebiiNet

      Sorry but that won’t happen.

      Nintendo owns Pokémon with Creatures and GameFreak. Nintendo own Creatures and The Pokémon Company. They will FOREVER be on Nintendo hardware. This is just for promotion

      • Don’t worry, he just wants attention. He has a bit of a… reputation around here.

    • “…we can only pray that the often rumored Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes will not only be on 3DS but on iOS, Android, and Vita.”

      Those words make me feel… unclean.

    • pothier.adrien

       Am I the only one who read this as 100% sarcasm ?

    • AQuatermain

      Sure, kid. Sure. Wow you made me laugh. Good comedy.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      hmm but pokemon games had never been released in any of sony platform..

  • EX_FanboY

    Pokemon going to IOS!!!!!

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Lol yeah your name fits you well

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Learn your facts man, Nintendo isnt  making games for the Mobil market, just Apps like the MIIverse that is also coming to the PC

  • riceisnice

    As long as they keep it to apps, I don’t mind if they make side money by exploiting the horrible iPhone markets.

  • Let’s see how well will this app do seeing as the complete package will set people back roughly ¥2170. 

    • ronin4life

      The equivalent app on the eshop is quite a bit cheaper, is it not?
      It’s also in 3D…

  • K Mantle

    Ha! Who figures? Nostradamus was right

  • echokanon

    I thought there were a few similar apps in the app store already. Though they are fan made and im not sure how detail are they…

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Once again Nintendo proving they know how to do business lol. With this marketting strategy, they will both be able to increase interest on the game and also try to bring more consumer to the game.^_^

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Well did Nintendo promises mobile integration and etc . Just don’t expected games or ports.

  • MagiusNecros

    Ruh Roh here comes Nintendo.


    • It’s an official app Nintendo won’t say anything about it.

      • MagiusNecros

        I’m aware.  Just glad Pokemon is expanding even if it’s more promotional in nature.

  • AlexanderPappas

    that’s what they should have done……………in the beginning. 

  • Renaldi Saputra

    if it’s a free apps i would like to get, but if I must pay.. no sorry
    though I’m not a big fan

  • Skyer Ist

    Last year Nintendo said that its up to Pokemon Company to consider which is better way to promote main games on consoles, plush dolls, movies etc. So it’s not a surprise with such an app after last year’s app and some for PC even earlier than that.

    In a promotional way Nintendo open their doors to smartpones and interet devices. I mean, soon we;ll be able to see eShop there, Miiverse etc. It’s normal.

    Nintendo clearly said that standart Pokemon games never going to be released on non-Nintendo platforms.

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