What’s That Huge Contraption? It’s Pokémon Tretta Lab For 3DS!

By Sunjun . July 30, 2013 . 12:55pm

Pokémon Tretta is an arcade game developed by Nintendo and Marvelous AQL in which you battle Pokémon by collecting physical discs called Tretta. In May, it was announced that the arcade game is coming to the 3DS in the form of Pokémon Tretta Lab.



The 3DS game will come with a large peripheral that scans in Tretta. It uses the same Tretta as the arcade machine, but in case you don’t have any, the game will come packaged with a Lucario, Eevee, and Mewtwo Tretta in honor of the movie Extremespeed Genesect: Mewtwo’s Awakening. People who pre-order the game will also receive a Pichu Tretta. The scanner requires two AA batteries and also comes with two attachment trays, so it will fit with either your 3DS or 3DS LL.


To play the game, you first need to scan the QR code that comes with the scanner and download the Pokémon Tretta Lab Main System. The game has three modes: Tretta Analyzer, Type Checker, and Auto-Battle.


Tretta Analyzer lets you find out your Pokémon’s attributes, whereas Type Checker lets you check type advantages between two Pokémon, as well as check a list of Pokémon and how to obtain them. The Auto-Battle mode lets you use your Tretta to fight enemies or your friends who also have the game.


Pokémon Tretta Lab will be released on August 10. Despite the size of the scanner, the package costs only 3,800 yen.

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  • SlickRoach

    This looks so rad. I wish we’d get this in NA but X & Y is great too.

    • drproton

      I’m a sucker for huge gimmicky peripherals.

      Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is my favorite game on the Gamecube.

      • SlickRoach

        Jungle Beat was your favorite GameCube game too!? Man I played that thing to death, gotta love those fun peripherals.

  • Shane J

    Is the scanner just an option for those who want to use their physical Tretta or not?

    I’m curious because I don’t have pieces and would love to be able unlock new Pokemon. I don’t live in Japan, so it would be rather difficult for me to earn new physical Tettra.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Oh man. I’m too old for this but it’ll be super cool for the lil ones.

    • SoulEater98

      One is never too old for Pokemon.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Yesh but I didn’t mean Pokemon in general, just this thing.

        • Nanaki

          Oh do not worry. This contraption does not come with a restricting device that limits play based on one’s age.

          • FitzpatrickPhillips


      • NTaiyokun

        Old and Pokemon should never be used in the same sentence.

  • Chaos_Knight

    So basically it’s a portable arcade machine?

    • ishyg

      Yes, but the arcade machine dispenses the tretta as well (the catch is that you’re “catching” the pokemon in the game and put them on the physical chip), so if you lack those a trip to the nearest flea market will fix that, or just play the arcade game for…I remember it costing 100 yen.

  • AuraGuyChris

    I bet you can kill somebody with that brick.

    • Miss_Madness

      Ahh the memories

  • Otoya

    WHAT DO WE WANT?!!!! Release in NA!!!!!!

    • AuraGuyChris

      Unless it can get updated to Gen 6, chances are pretty slim.
      Unless people don’t want to go any further than Gen 5.

  • DCBlackbird

    Now I can stop carrying this brick around…. goodbye nokia

  • KuroNathan

    Hold on, if I can get this on my 3ds XL….. yup, I can make a pokemon club.

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Wow … and when will we finally get a new Pokémon game on consoles, please?

  • J_Joestar

    is it wrong that i kinda wished the kids yelled out “SLOT IN!” when they put the discs in?

    • Niermyico

      I miss Rockman.EXE :(

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